Alcorn State University

Location: Alcorn State, Mississippi
Type: Public

Speech Code Rating

Alcorn State University has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 14, 2019

    Regardless of sexual gender, personal affiliation, and/or affiliation with the University, sexual harassment is defined as conduct that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that the individual is effectively denied equal access to institutional resources and opportunities (See Student Conduct definitio... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Cyber-Bullying and Social Media Abuse

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: August 14, 2019

    Cyberbullying is the use of cell phone or other devices to send or post emails, text messages or images that constitute harassment (See Student Conduct definition of Harassment). Read More
  • Educational Equity and Inclusion: Sexual Misconduct

    Last updated: August 19, 2019

    By definition, sexual harassment is: unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is, sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it, unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational program and/or activities … Mo... Read More
  • Free Speech and Assembly Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 4, 2019

    Reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions will be enforced. However, the enforcement will not depend, in any way, on the subject matter involved in an expressive activity. Alcorn State University provides forums for the expression of ideas and opinions, such as the following: 1) Traditional public forums inclu... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Assault

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 14, 2019

    Assault is the intentional harassment, threat or intimidation of another in an attempt to commit a battery or the intentional placing of another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Harassment (Physical or Verbal)

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 14, 2019

    Harassment: (physical, verbal, graphic, written or electronic) that is (1) unwelcome; (2) discriminatory on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or veteran status; (3) directed at an individual; and (4) so severe, pervasive, and objectivel... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Alcorn State reforms speech codes, earns highest free speech rating

    August 19, 2019

    LORMAN, Miss., Aug. 19, 2019 — Alcorn State University eliminated or revised all of its speech policies that conflict with the First Amendment, becoming the fifth institution in Mississippi to earn the highest, “green light” rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a national free speech organization. Mississippi is now home to more… Read more

  • In Mississippi, ‘The Clarion-Ledger’ Reports on Dangers of State Colleges’ Speech Codes

    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… Read more