Black Hills State University

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

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Speech Code Rating

Black Hills 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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • Title IX and Sexual Misconduct: What is Sexual Misconduct?

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2018

    Unwelcome sexual misconduct, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile academic environment and/or interferes with another’s academic performance.

    This Can be by:

    Sexual Harassment
    Unwelcome sex or gender based verbal or physical conduct

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Yellow Light Policies
  • South Dakota Board of Regents Policy Manual: 3:4 Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    Harassment, which includes, but is not limited to

    a. Conduct towards another person that has the purpose or effect of creating an objectively and subjectively intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment that substantially interferes with the individual’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of an Institutional activity or resource; and

    b. Other conduct that is extreme and outrageous exceeding all bounds usually tolerated by polite society and that has the purpose or substantial likelihood of interfering with another person’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of an Institutional activity or resource.

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  • Student Organization Manual: Sales and Solicitation Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    Solicitation or sales of any product or ideology at Black Hills State University by any group or individual must obtain a written permit. The Director of the Student Union is the University official responsible for granting such permission in the Student Union, and the Vice President for Student Life is the University official who may grant such permission for University wide sales and solicitation. Off-campus organizations are required to attain sponsorship from a recognized student organization or academic department. Such sales or solicitations are limited to no more than two days per semester. Arrangements should be made at least 48 hours in advance through the Student Union Information Center at 642-6062.

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  • South Dakota Board of Regents Policy Manual 1:17 – Harassment Including Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    Harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, transgender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or harassment on any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination or on any grounds, directed against individuals, may be established by showing, …

    2) Other conduct that is extreme and outrageous exceeding all bounds usually tolerated by polite society and that has the purpose or the substantial likelihood of interfering with another person’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of an institutional activity, employment or resource.

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  • Email/User Account Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    The Black Hills State University email system prohibits disruptive or offensive messages as electronic communications in violation of civil or criminal law at the local, state, and federal levels.

    […]

    Using Black Hills State University resources for personal emails is prohibited by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Sending chain letters or joke emails from a Black Hills State University email account is prohibited.

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  • South Dakota Board of Regents Policy Manual: 3:4 Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    Unauthorized use or abuse of technology, including, but not limited to:

    Use of technology to send Harassing or abusive messages …

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Campus Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    It is expected that all advertising materials posted will be reasonably neat and attractive in the interest of the advertiser and the university. All advertising will adhere to the university community’s sense of decency and good taste. Offensive, obscene, inflammatory advertising, etc. will not be permitted.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Organization Handbook: Free Speech Policy

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    The University acknowledges the right of students and others to assemble in groups for peaceful purpose. These methods of expressing individual or group opinion are an important part of our American heritage and a legitimate means of exchanging thought and opinion.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.