Black Hills State University

Location: Spearfish, South Dakota
Website: http://www.bhsu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Black Hills 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 here.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Organization Handbook: Free Speech Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    Black Hills State University has no designated area for free speech. Therefore, it is essential that those wishing to participate in a public forum or demonstration coordinate with the representative from Student Union Activities area at least 48 hours before the event.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages or to engage in unlawful activities, including those involving uses that infringe intellectual properties ….

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Organization Handbook: Free Speech Policy

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    A University is a place in which dissenting and controversial views can be aired and discussed. These exchanges of views are not merely tolerated, but are a source of diversity and strength for our society. The mere fact that some may find the content of a demonstration or expression of free speech distasteful is no reason to ban that activity from campus.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    Acts of aggression including threats, intimidation, coercion, or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. …

    c. “Aggression” means not only intentional infliction of harm, but also conduct that intentionally subjects another to unwelcome, offensive, physical contact or that puts another person in reasonable fear that the actor intends immediately to subject person to intentional injury or unwelcome, offensive touching.

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  • Student Handbook: Title IX and Non-Discrimination Notice

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    Black Hills State University is committed to providing an environment not impaired by sex and gender-based misconduct, including sex discrimination and sexual harassment. Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs, activities and employment practices. Therefore, students, employees, applicants and other members of the Black Hills State University community (including without limitation, vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subject to discrimination or harassment or otherwise treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic. This includes, without limitation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Similarly, the University will not tolerate harassing, violent, intimidating or discriminatory conduct by its students, employees or any other member of or visitor to the University community.

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  • 6 of 10 universities can’t figure out 1st Amendment

    December 20, 2012

    by Bob Unruh at WND More than six of 10 colleges and universities across the United States have yet to figure out the First Amendment, because their “speech codes” conflict with the Constitution, according to a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. “FIRE surveyed 409 schools for this report and found that over 62 percent maintain severely restrictive, ‘red-light’ speech codes – policies that clearly and substantially prohibit protected speech,” said the executive summary. “That this figure is so large is deeply troubling, but there is good news: for the fifth year in a row, the percentage of schools maintaining […]

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