Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
University of Missouri at St. Louis 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.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUnacceptable behavior includes:
- sending annoying or obscene messages or images to other users ...
- posting of inappropriate Web materials
- harassing individuals using electronic transmissions
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment by engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that serves no legitimate purpose that would cause a reasonable person under the circumstances to be frightened, intimidated, or emotionally distressed.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementImages or language deemed profane, defamatory, or inflammatory will not be
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementConduct for which students are subject to sanctions falls into the following categories:
Disruptive or disorderly conduct or lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementAll rallies, demonstrations or similar activities shall be registered through the Office of Student Life at least 48-
hours before the event by completing a Rally or Demonstration Request Form. Any organization holding a rally,
demonstration, or like event shall appoint four students to act as marshals for the event. The marshals’ names must
be listed on the request form. It will be the duty of the marshals to ensure that all participants are properly
instructed as to provisions of these regulations and that no action is performed which will discredit the student
body or the University. If the organization is distributing handbills or leaflets, the group is responsible for the
cleanup following the distribution. The organizations, as well as all individuals participating, are responsible for
following the Student Standard of Conduct.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThe Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri define sexual harassment as ... unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a University employee or a member of the student body to a University employee or a member of the student body, when:
- The purpose or effect of such conduct is to interfere unreasonably with the work or academic performance of the person being harassed; or
- The purpose or effect of such conduct to a reasonable person is, to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
March 1, 2012
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for March 2012: the University of Missouri – St. Louis. The University of Cincinnati (UC) made headlines this month when a student group there filed a federal lawsuit challenging the university’s restrictive policy governing demonstrations, pickets, and rallies on campus. But UC is far from the only university to place onerous and unconstitutional restrictions on students’ right to express themselves on campus. At the University of Missouri – St. Louis, the “Demonstration” policy (.pdf) in the Student Organization Handbook provides that If an organization wants to hold any type of rally, demonstration, […]» Read More