University of Missouri at St. Louis

Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Website: http://www.umsl.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

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Red Light Policies

  • Acceptable Use Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Unacceptable behavior includes:

    – sending annoying or obscene messages or images to other users …
    – posting of inappropriate Web materials
    – harassing individuals using electronic transmissions

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  • Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity: Sex Discrimination Harassment and Sexual Violence 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment involves any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. The unwelcome conduct may involve direct action (advances, promises, etc.) by a person in authority, or sex-related behavior which creates a hostile environment, whether by one in power or by others. Sexual harassment may occur regardless of the sex or the sexual orientation of the parties. Examples include:

    • Suggestive or insulting sounds or obscene gestures
    • Off-color jokes
    • A professor asking for sex in return for good grades
    • Other physical, verbal, graphic or written conduct of a sexual nature

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Organization Handbook: Bulletin Board Posting 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Images or language deemed profane, defamatory, or inflammatory will not be approved.

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  • University of Missouri System: Standard of Conduct- Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies

    Bullying is defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Demonstration Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    All 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.

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Green Light Policies
  • University of Missouri System: Standard of Conduct- Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment in violation of the University’s anti-discrimination policies, is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct, on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class as defined in the University’s anti-discrimination policies, that creates a hostile environment by being sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities.

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  • Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in Education/Employment Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is defined as:

    1. Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual activity by a person or persons in a position of power or authority to another person, or
    2. Other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a person to another person, when:

      1) Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used explicitly or implicitly as a condition for academic or employment decisions; or
      2) Such conduct creates a hostile environment by being sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities.

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  • University of Missouri System: Standard of Conduct- Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Threatening or Intimidating Behaviors, defined as written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable expectation of injury to the health or safety of any person or damage to any property or implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm in another.

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  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Missouri – St. Louis

    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, […]

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