Cameron University

Location: Lawton, Oklahoma
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Cameron 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.

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Expressive Activity- Assemblies 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    1. The University permits assemblies of University groups in the open area South of the Student Union and in the area east of the Fitness Center with prior approval (registration).

    2. Any groups desiring to obtain assembly space in any University facility or in open areas, including those referred to in paragraph 1, must submit a written request, with a completed Cameron University “Request for Activity or Use of University Facility Form” to the Coordinator of Special Events, who is responsible for coordinating events and calendaring activities. Normally such a request must be received at least two weeks in advance; even emergency requests cannot be acted upon if received less than 72 hours before the proposed starting time of the event. The individual or group requiring space must get signed approval by the appropriate facility supervisors as noted on the Activity/Use of University Facility Form. Additional information is given below.

    a. Groups affiliated with the University shall have priority in reserving space.

    b. Nonaffiliated groups and organizations shall be required to pay the current space rental rate for the time and location approved. The Coordinator of Special Events will maintain a list of all charges and rental rates. In addition, a refundable deposit for damage to property shall be required.

    3. Any group whose request for University space is denied shall have the right to appeal that denial to the Vice President for Student Services, provided that the appeal is received at least 72 hours before the proposed event. The Vice President for Student Services shall render a decision at least 24 hours before the proposed event.

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  • Computer Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Misuse of computing resources includes, but is not limited to, the following: … using CU computing resources for development, posting, transmission of, or link to, any of the following: commercial or personal advertisements; solutions; promotions; destructive programs; political material; messages which are fraudulent, harassing, obscene, indecent, profane, intimidating, or otherwise unlawful; or any other unauthorized or personal use.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Expressive Activity- Advertising Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies

    Advertising deemed offensive or in poor taste is not acceptable. This may include, but is not limited to, advertisements derogatory to individuals or groups.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Conduct Required 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    Each student shall conduct himself in a manner consistent with the University’s mission as an educational institution. Any student who fails to conduct himself in such manner violates this code and a disciplinary penalty may be imposed.

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  • Student Handbook: Expressive Activity- Distribution of Pamphlets and Written Materials 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Advance approval of materials is required for noncommercial distribution and a copy of the material must be approved by the Director of Student Development prior to the time distribution begins.

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  • Student Handbook: Expressive Activity- Posting Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies

    Materials posted on university grounds must receive prior approval by the Director of Student Development.

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  • Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment shall be defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature in the following context:

    When such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment.

    Conduct prohibited by this policy may include, but is not limited to:

    1. Unwelcome sexual flirtation, advances or propositions for sexual activity, or
    2. Continued or repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature, such as suggestive comments and sexual comments and sexually explicit jokes, or
    3. Remarks of a sexual nature to describe a person’s body or clothing, or
    4. Display of sexually demeaning objects or pictures ….

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Conduct Prohibited 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly harassing or threatening, in person, by telephone, in writing, or by other means, thereby causing or intending to cause annoyance or alarm. This includes racial, ethnic or sexual harassment.

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  • Trending: Conservatives, Christians Take Campus Battles to Court – And Win

    August 11, 2014

    By Jennifer Kabbany at The College Fix They’ve been ordered not to hand out copies of the U.S. Constitution. They’ve been denied promotions because of their faith. They’ve been forced to help pay for abortion-inducing birth control. They’ve been judged solely by the color of their skin. And they’re fighting back. And they’re winning. Conservative and Christian students and professors who have been denied free speech or faced discrimination and religious persecution because of their beliefs have recently enjoyed a string of courthouse victories in what’s amounting to something of a banner year for such causes. There’s been at least six […]

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  • In Higher Education, Low Tolerance for Free Speech

    May 29, 2014

    By Charles C. Haynes at Columbia Daily Herald Daniel Harper, a student at Cameron University in Oklahoma, is the latest victim of the censorship pandemic currently infecting America’s colleges and universities. Earlier this semester, Harper handed out flyers expressing his religious objections to the World Mission Society, a religious group active on Cameron’s campus. Harper, an evangelical Christian, believes the group is a dangerous cult. After receiving a complaint, administrators prohibited Harper from distributing any more flyers citing the university’s Expressive Activity Policy and Equal Opportunity Policy, which bar students from engaging in “offensive” and “discriminatory” speech, require students to join a […]

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  • Public University Forbids Criticizing Religious Group as a Cult

    May 22, 2014

    By Eugene Volokh at The Washington Post Daniel Harper, a Cameron University (Oklahoma) student, was handing out fliers criticizing the World Mission Society as a supposed cult. (Naturally, I express no opinion on whether or not the World Mission Society is a “cult,” whatever exactly that term might mean.) The university forbade him from doing this, stating: Having reviewed policy 10.6 DISCRIMINATION (FOR OTHER THAN SEXUAL OR RACIAL/ETHNIC HARASSMENT) and having followed the procedures outlined at 10.7 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE in the Employee Handbook the finding in this matter is as follows: DETERMINATION OF IMPROPRIETY The basic values of religious freedom are […]

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  • Cameron U. Supposedly Revises Unconstitutional Policies After Student Files Suit

    October 9, 2014

    Cameron University got a mention on The Torch last May for its unconstitutional restrictions on student speech and for one administrator’s patently incorrect suggestion that university policies trump the First Amendment. As I reported at the time, Cameron student Daniel Harper filed suit against the public university in Oklahoma after he was told he could not distribute his flyers criticizing a religious group because they were allegedly “offensive” and “discriminatory.” The university’s “Expressive Activity” policy also stated that materials to be distributed must be approved by the Director of Student Development in advance. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented Harper, […]

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  • Cameron U. Sued After Prohibiting Student from Distributing Flyers

    May 23, 2014

    Cameron University student Daniel Harper enlisted the help of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to file a lawsuit last week against the university for violating his First Amendment right to hand out flyers on the campus of the public Oklahoma institution. But this isn’t just a matter of Cameron administrators not understanding “time, place, and manner” restrictions or being overly sensitive to certain keywords. No, Cameron is declaring itself to be the single public university not legally bound by the U.S. Constitution.

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