University of South Dakota

Location: Vermillion, South Dakota
Website: http://www.usd.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of South Dakota 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Free Speech Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    All free speech protests/demonstration on the campus of the University of South Dakota will be restricted to the appropriate Free Speech areas on campus and must be approved by the Muenster University Center Administration.

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  • South Dakota Board of Regents Policy Manual: Student Conduct Code 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages or to engage in unlawful activities, including those involving uses that infringe intellectual properties ….

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX.

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Green Light Policies
  • South Dakota Board of Regents Policy Manual: Student Conduct Code 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment may be established by showing:
    i. Conduct toward another person that has the purpose or the effect of creating an objectively and subjectively intimidating, hostile or demeaning environment that substantially interferes with his or her ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of an institutional activity, employment or resource.
    a) Harassment consists, in most cases, of more than casual or isolated incidents.
    (1) Consideration should be given to the context, nature, scope, frequency, duration, and location of the incidents, whether they are physically threatening or humiliating as opposed to merely offensive utterances, as well as to the identity, number, and relationships of the persons involved.
    b) Harassment shall be found where, in aggregate, the incidents are sufficiently pervasive or persistent or severe that a reasonable person with the same characteristics of the victim of the harassing conduct would be adversely affected to a degree that interferes with his or her ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of an institutional activity, employment or resource.
    (1) The reasonable person standard includes consideration of the perspective of persons of the alleged victim’s race, gender, or other circumstances that relate to the purpose for which he or she has become the object of allegedly harassing conduct.
    a) If the victim does not subjectively perceive the environment to be hostile, the conduct has not actually altered the conditions of participation and there shall be no violation of this policy.
    (2) It is not necessary to show psychological harm to the victim to establish that the conduct would interfere with the person’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of an institutional activity, employment, or resource.

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  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Speech 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    The institutions shall ensure the rights of free speech and expression and shall encourage the timely and rational discussion of topics whereby the ethical and intellectual development of the student body and general welfare of the public may be promoted.

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  • College Athletes Caught in Tangled Web

    May 24, 2006

    Four San Diego State students recently logged on to a computer and did what thousands of other college students do these days during their spare time. They were having fun on MySpace.com, posting personal party pictures and commentaries about life in college. Some included references to drinking alcoholic beverages and snide remarks about recent soccer practices, according to a student colleague of the four. But because the four students were athletes – in this case women’s soccer players – they suffered a penalty for it. When they didn’t heed their coach’s warning to stop posting on the site, they were […]

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