Tennessee State University

Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Website: http://www.tnstate.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Tennessee State University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Sexual and Racial Harassment Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Generally, racial harassment is defined as any person's conduct that unreasonably interferes with an employee's or student's status or performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment. Harassment on the basis of race, color, or national origin includes offensive or demeaning treatment of an individual, where such treatment is based typically on prejudiced stereotypes of a group to which that individual may belong. It includes, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, threatened or actual physical harm or abuse, or other intimidating or insulting conduct directed against the individual because of his/her race, color, or national origin. Title VII requires employers to take prompt action to prevent bigots from expressing their opinions in a way that abuses or offends their co-workers.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Campus Living Guide: Community Living Bill of Rights 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement

    The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical and emotional harm.

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  • Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Office: Harassment Tips 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Some men and women are confused as to what behaviors constitute sexual harassment. The following questions may be especially helpful in assessing one’s own behavior: ... Do I tell jokes or make "funny" remarks involving the opposite sex and/or sexuality? (Such jokes may offend many people.) If the answer to any of these questions is yes, the chances of the behavior being considered sexual harassment are very high. Because such behavior is likely to be high risk, if you have to ask, it is probably better not to do it.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual and Racial Harassment Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Generally, sexual harassment may be defined as unwelcome
    sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal
    or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one of the
    following criteria is met: ... such conduct has the purpose or effect of
    unreasonably interfering with an individual's work
    performance or educational experience or creating
    an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or
    educational environment.

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  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Assembly 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    Tennessee State University assumes the position that dissent, when carried out in the prescribed form (being registered in advance with the associate vice president for student affairs in order to ensure that the event is held at an acceptable time and appropriate site), will be protected.

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Green Light Policies
Not Rated Policies
  • Tennessee State University Newspaper Report on ‘JuicyCampus’ Ban, November 2008

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    "Student Government Assocation and TSU administrators decided
    to ban the site from school servers.
    Michael Freeman, vice-president for
    Student Affairs, believed that the move was
    in the best interest of the university and the
    students it serves.
    After Freeman received a phone call
    from a parent concerned about the Web
    site, and after discussing the matter with
    SGA president Patrick Walker-Reese and
    other concerned students, he met with other
    administrators and had the site blocked from
    TSU wireless."

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This school does not have any media coverage at this time.
  • College Censorship of Online Speech in 2008

    December 23, 2008

    This year, FIRE has seen a number of colleges take steps to regulate online speech. The Internet makes it easier than ever for people to communicate with one another, and thus presents a whole new world for would-be censors of campus speech. FIRE has kept a close watch on the developing relationship between colleges and online speech in order to prevent the establishment of deleterious, and potentially unconstitutional, practices. The most recent online FIRE case involved Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) attempt to regulate its students’ and faculty’s use of e-mail. MSU found a student government leader guilty of spamming for […]

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  • Weekly Media Round-Up: FIRE’s Pressure on Michigan State Over ‘Spamming’ Case Heating Up

    December 5, 2008

    While FIRE awaits the results of this week’s disciplinary hearing of Michigan State University (MSU) undergraduate Kara Spencer—who faces possible suspension for sending “spam” e-mails to 391 MSU professors—word of the case and FIRE’s involvement has quickly spread throughout the East Lansing, Michigan, campus and beyond. Shortly following the sending of FIRE’s letter to MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, an article in MSU’s paper, The State News, alerted the campus community to the university’s outrageous overreaction to Spencer’s e-mails, which conveyed relevant information about impending changes to the school’s academic calendar. Word of MSU’s threats against Spencer has also […]

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  • Tennessee State Bans JuicyCampus.com from Network

    November 20, 2008

    It was only a matter of time before some university decided to ban the gossip website JuicyCampus.com from its network, and now one has: Tennessee State University in Nashville. According to a November 12 letter from Vice President for Student Affairs Michael A. Freeman (see page 6 of the November 17 edition of The Meter, Tennessee State’s student newspaper), Tennessee State blocked the website from access through campus networks because it “does not fit with the legacy, spirit, and reputation of Tennessee State University.” Nashville’s The Tennessean ran a short article on the ban today. Before I address Tennessee State’s […]

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