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 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: July 20, 2017

    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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  • Email/User Account Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 20, 2017

    The Black Hills State University email system shall not to be used for the creation or distribution of any disruptive or offensive messages, including offensive comments about race, gender, hair color, disabilities, age, sexual orientation, pornography, religious beliefs and practice, political beliefs, or national origin. Employees or students who receive any emails with this content from any Black Hills State University employee or student should report the matter to the appropriate authorities immediately.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Organization Handbook: Free Speech Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 19, 2017

    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: July 19, 2017

    Use of technology to send Harassing or abusive messages….

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 19, 2017

    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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  • Title IX & Sexual Misconduct: Information about Title IX

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 19, 2017

    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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  • Student Organization Handbook: Free Speech Policy

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 19, 2017

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