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.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Planner: Student Conduct Code 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment 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.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Bulletin Board Posting 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

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

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  • Student Planner: Student Conduct Code 12-13

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

    Conduct for which students are subject to sanctions falls into the following categories:

    ...

    Disruptive or disorderly conduct or lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Demonstration Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    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
  • Student Planner: Sexual Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    The 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:
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    - 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.

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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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