Location: San Marcos, Texas
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
Texas State University – San Marcos has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementItems which interfere with the educational mission of the university are prohibited from hanging in hallways, outside of rooms and in windows. These include, but are not limited to abusive, indecent, profane or vulgar language; offensive materials determined to be harassing in nature or threatening to an individual or group; pornography; and illegal substances.
Department of Housing and Residential Life: Resident Rights and Responsibilities- Hazing and Harassment 10-11
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementIt is against Texas State policy to harass or haze anyone. Harassment involves behavior towards a person that is unwanted.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementThis list, while not
complete, embodies the basis of what
constitutes illegal or unethical conduct: ... Political use:
using the university’s information
resources to affect the result of a local,
state, or national election or to achieve
any other political purpose.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementBehaviors, if sufficiently offensive, severe, or pervasive, that may constitute sexual harassment include: ... gratuitous comments of a sexual nature such as explicit statements, questions, jokes, anecdotes or remarks of a sexual nature about a person's clothing or body; remarks about sexual activities or speculation about sexual experiences ....
Prohibition of Discrimination or Harassment Based on Race, Color, National Origin, Age, Sex, Religion, Disability or Sexual Orientation 10-11
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement"[H]arassment" means extreme or outrageous acts or communications that: a. are intended to harass, intimidate, or humiliate students, faculty, staff, or visitors on account of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or sexual orientation; and b. reasonably cause them to suffer severe emotional distress.
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, StatementItems which interfere with the educational mission of the university are prohibited from hanging in hallways, outside of rooms and in windows. These include, but are not limited to, abusive, indecent, profane or vulgar language; offensive materials determined to be harassing in nature or threatening to an individual or group; pornography; and illegal substances.
Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, StatementThese principles require all members of this community to
be conscientious, respectful, and honest.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementTo promote such a learning environment, the university has a special responsibility to seek
diversity, to instill a global perspective in its students, and to nurture sensitivity, tolerance and mutual respect.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment involved behavior towards a person that is unwanted.
September 22, 2011
We recently took note of an interview featuring Texas State University-San Marcos (TSU) President Denise Trauth in TSU’s The University Star, in which President Trauth spoke at length about her experiences as an undergraduate reporter at her college’s campus newspaper, as a high school journalism teacher, and as features editor for The Daily Iowan at the University of Iowa. But what really caught our attention was her answer to the question, “Does the Common Experience theme this year, the First Amendment, have a special significance to you?” Trauth responded: Absolutely. I did years and years doing research in this very […]» Read More