Location: Warrensburg, Missouri
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
University of Central Missouri 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, StatementThe intent of this policy is to provide the University of Central Missouri students, faculty and staff with maximum opportunity and space to advertise approved events, products, services, etc. at designated locations throughout the campus on bulletin boards or similar devices. ... Offensive, obscene, inflammatory advertising, etc. will not be permitted or tolerated.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment: Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct based on age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, handicap/disability or genetic information that has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile campus environment. Harassment may include, but is not limited to:
* offensive jokes;
* name calling;
* physical assaults or threats;
* offensive touching;
* insults or put-downs;
* offensive objects or pictures;
* graffiti; or
* subjecting a person or persons of a protected class to repeated criticism or verbal abuse but not doing so to similarly situated non-class members.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementMembers of the university community, visitors and/or guests planning to hold or sponsor a public speech activity should provide the Office of Public Safety with notification of the desired time, location, expected attendance of the activity, the type of activity planned and at least 24 hours advance notice of the activity.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementStudent room
doors facing the hallway and windows facing the exterior of the building are considered public space and must be clear of any offensive materials at all times. The staff has the right to remove offensive material from this public
space; it will then be returned to the resident.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementIt is a violation of University policy to access the university's electronic information system when the purpose of such access is to convey misinformation, defamatory material, or intimidating, threatening, pornographic, discriminatory, or disruptive messages.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUCM is committed to supporting students when they are faced with assaults or attacks that might limit their ability
to participate in the digital community or reach their academic potential. Digital citizens should understand that
attacking someone psychologically, through misuse of social media or other forms of cyber-bullying, is just as
inappropriate and unacceptable as a physical attack. Students who believe they are being cyber-bullied should
seek assistance from hall staff or the Office of Student Experience and Engagement.
Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Statement[A]ny form of intimidation, harassment or bullying (including online harassment through social
media) cannot go unchallenged. Using any form of technology to intentionally create stress or impede the
academic or social experiences of another student is not acceptable.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementUCM provides all students
with a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation and strives to instill in each of them the importance of freedom
of expression and inquiry.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement1. SEXUAL HARASSMENT:
Sexual Harassment is:
unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is,
sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it,
unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone's ability to participate in or benefit from the university's educational program and/or activities, and is
based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.
January 21, 2014
by Alec Torres The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its annual report on college-campus speech codes last week finding that while the percentage of colleges that seriously infringe upon students’ free-speech rights has diminished in recent years, many universities still burden students with overbearing and sometimes ridiculous speech regulations. Here’s a look at some of the most egregious speech codes that FIRE found: The University of Connecticut requires that “every member of the University shall refrain from actions that intimidate, humiliate, or demean persons or groups, or that undermine their security or self-esteem.” At Athens State University in Alabama, […]» Read More