Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit
University of Tulsa 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: Harassment Policies, StatementProhibited Harassment related to an individual's reputation may include any form of inappropriate conduct which is defamatory, demeaning, intimidating, threatening, or otherwise places an individual in fear of harm to his or her person or reputation on or off campus.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment is defined by law and also constitutes Prohibited Harassment; generally under the law, it includes any unwanted or unsolicited sexual gesture, physical contact, or statement which, when viewed from the perspective of a reasonable person similarly situated, is offensive, threatening, humiliating, or interferes with a person's ability to perform his or her job, educational pursuit, or participation in campus life.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementExamples of violations of the General Standard of Conduct may include, but are not limited to, the following: ... The use of threatening or obscene language toward another.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementAreas and facilities owned by the University are private property. Any person, group or entity
either internal or external to the University wishing to use these areas and/or facilities must
contact the appropriate office responsible for that area or facility listed at the end of this policy
well in advance in order to request to reserve the facility.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementThe electronic communication facilities are not to be used for the transmission of commercial or
personal advertisements, solicitations, promotions, destructive programs, political material, or any
other unauthorized or personal use.
University Student Conduct Policies & Procedures: Statement on Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities 12-13
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementThe rights of free inquiry and free expression, both public and private, are essential to the learning process and must be protected by the responsible and mutually supporting efforts of all segments of the University community. These rights shall not be infringed upon.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementThe University recognizes that students have the rights and privileges granted to all citizens in the Bill of Rights - specifically freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of dissent.
March 4, 2009
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for March 2009: the University of Tulsa. While the University of Tulsa is a private institution, it promises its students all of the same free speech rights they would have at a public university: “The University recognizes that students have the rights and privileges granted to all citizens in the Bill of Rights—specifically freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of dissent.” In order to keep this promise, the university must not prohibit speech protected by the First Amendment. Nevertheless, it does just that. The University of Tulsa’s harassment policy contains […]» Read More
November 17, 2006
Student Press Law Center (SPLC) reports another student newspaper theft, this time at University of Tulsa. Copies of The Collegian were taken from newsstands and then redistributed with unauthorized inserts. The additions to the paper included a picture of the paper’s managing editor extending her middle finger, as well as the website address of her online journal. Thursday Bram, the managing editor, said she believes fliers were put in about 700 copies of The Collegian’s 4,000 total distributed issues. Bram contends that the incident was retaliation for an article she wrote about allocation of students, in which […]» Read More