Adams State University

Location: Alamosa, Colorado
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Adams State University 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
  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 3, 2019

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors both verbal and nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. The harasser could be a member of the faculty, staff, someone outside the campus community or a fellow stud... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Declaration of Tolerance

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: May 3, 2019

    Tolerance is a personal decision that comes from a belief that every person is unique. To help make the University a better place for all, I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity or other characteristics are different from my own. To fulfill this pledge, I will: •... Read More
  • Student Handbook: ASU Affirmations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: May 3, 2019

    As a student at ASU, you are joining a community of learners and scholars. These standards ensure that all members of our community have an optimal environment in which to teach, to learn and to benefit from the ASU experience. Incoming first year students will be asked to recite these affirmations during the annual... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 3, 2019

    Harassment, which consists of verbal, visual, written, or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive such that it adversely affects, or has the purpose or logical consequence of interfering with an individual’s education or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Harassm... Read More
  • Standards of Residence & Family Housing Handbook: Room Conditions & Decorations (Single Student Housing)

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: May 3, 2019

    Should window decorations be considered inappropriate the resident may be asked to remove the items. (Campus-community standards are defined as decorations or displayed material one would find publically [sic] posted elsewhere on campus or within the local community.) NOTE: Controversial or antagonistic materials ma... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: May 3, 2019

    The following constitutes prohibited conduct: … Abusive conduct directed toward individuals or groups, including physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, coercion, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying, which endangers the physical or psychological health, safety, or welfare of one’s self, another individual,... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Peaceful Assembly and Expressive Activity

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: May 3, 2019

    Students planning an assembly that is expected to involve more than five persons, a literature distribution event, or an event involving any structure (for example, a table), are required by the University to give at least 48 hours advance notice and register the event in the Office of the Vice President for Student... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 3, 2019

    Computing resources may not be used for any activity that violates state or federal laws. Such activities include, but are not limited to intimidating, threatening or harassing individuals, or violating the university’s policies, including but not limited to its policies concerning relationships between member... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Speech Code of the Month: Adams State University

    April 26, 2017

    FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for April 2017: Adams State University in Colorado. According to ASU’s Sexual Harassment Policy, “Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including “verbal” conduct. ASU is one of many institutions to employ this unconstitutionally broad definition of sexual harassment, which was set forth as a… Read more

  • Professor Gets Settlement in Lawsuit After Banishment For Critical Blogs

    July 26, 2016

    Adams State University will settle a federal lawsuit brought by a former ASU professor who says the school violated his free speech and due process rights when it banned him from campus over blog posts criticizing the university’s pay practices. The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado announced in a press release yesterday that ASU… Read more

  • Barred from Adams State, Former Faculty Member Sues over an Utter Lack of Due Process

    February 13, 2016

    Last November, FIRE criticized Adams State University (ASU) in Colorado for its curious and sudden designation of “persona non grata” status to a former faculty member, Danny Ledonne, who taught at ASU from 2011 to 2015. He was not re-hired by ASU after Spring 2015, and in October, Ledonne launched the blog WatchingAdams.org, from which… Read more

  • What Does It Take to Get Barred from Adams State University? Not Much

    November 3, 2015

    At Adams State University (ASU) in Colorado, a controversy has been brewing over the questionable use of a hastily-enacted persona non grata policy against former faculty member Danny Ledonne, whose only offense, as best we can tell, seems to have been establishing himself as a critic of certain ASU policies and practices. Here’s how the… Read more

  • ‘Tenured’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Elitist’

    April 29, 2005

    In response to my post “Job Security = Academic Freedom?” David Mazel, an assistant professor of English at Adams State College, wrote in with the following comments about freedom of speech on campus: I’m a FIRE fan and an opponent of speech codes. I have defended students accused of harassment (for example, a student DJ here at Adams State… Read more