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
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.
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.
demonstrating responsible citizenry, and
doing my part to achieve a positive and
secure living and learning environment
employees with respect to activities occurring on any University property and University-related
activities occurring off-campus, including University programs outside the United States.
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