Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
University of Southern Mississippi 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: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, StatementChoosing to
join the Southern Miss community obligates each member to support
these precepts ... A respect for language that is appropriate, never obscene, and
neither demeans nor intimidates.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementFreedom of speech does not absolve a student of the responsibility to respect other individuals. Therefore, disruptive profanity, statements of intolerance or verbal intimidation will not be supported and will be subject to disciplinary action.All residents will be
expected to maintain a sense of civility toward each
other and the staff. Hate speech will not be tolerated
and will be subject to judicial action.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementThe University has established a high visibility area on campus in order to facilitate robust debate and the free exchange of ideas. This "Speakers' Corner" on Weathersby Lawn, located south of the Walker Science Building, may be used by any person, including non-students and other campus guests. ... Demonstrations or protests sponsored by a student organization must be registered with the Office of Student Activities. If a student organization desires to demonstrate in areas other than the Speakers’ Corner ... the University requires the student organization to complete an event form through the Office of Student Activities at least ONE month in advance of the activity.
Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, StatementI commit to exhibiting civil behavior,
demonstrating responsible citizenry, and
doing my part to achieve a positive and
secure living and learning environment
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementLewd, indecent, or obscene conduct, including expression of profanity, which exceeds the normal standards of decency prevailing in the general Hattiesburg community at large.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementThe following activities are strictly prohibited, without exception: ... Using a Southern Miss computing asset to actively engage in procuring or transmitting material in violation of sexual harassment or hostile workplace laws in the user's local jurisdiction. ... Sending email messages, including "junk mail/SPAM" or other advertising material, to individuals who did not specifically request such material (email spam). ... Any form of harassment via email, telephone, or paging; whether through language, frequency, or size of messages.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThis policy applies to all faculty, staff, employees, students, and student-
employees with respect to activities occurring on any University property and University-related
activities occurring off-campus, including University programs outside the United States.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment is unwelcome, gender-based visual, graphic, electronic, verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s work environment, educational programs and/or activities, and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.
March 21, 2012
The Associated Press reports that the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has taken disciplinary action against five members of the university’s pep band for chanting “Where’s your green card” at Kansas State University basketball player Angel Rodriguez while he shot free throws during a game against USM last week. The university confirmed in a statement issued yesterday that “[t]he students have had their pep band scholarships revoked, have been removed from the band, and will be required to complete a two-hour cultural sensitivity training course this week.” University sports teams and bands are not independent from the university in the […]» Read More
August 16, 2010
In today’s edition of The Clarion-Ledger, the Jackson, Mississippi newspaper reports on speech codes maintained at public colleges statewide. Spurred by FIRE’s recent victory at nearby Hinds Community College, reporter Elizabeth Crisp writes: Students at Mississippi universities may have to watch what they say more than those in other states because of policies that free-speech advocates say are oppressive. At Ole Miss, someone could theoretically get in trouble for sending an e-mail about how much they “hate” rival Mississippi State. Jackson State students could be punished for unsolicited flirting. Speaking freely outside so-called “free-speech zones” on most of the campuses […]» Read More