Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit
Colorado Mesa 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.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
In an effort to support the rights of students and others, a Free Speech Zone has been designated within the perimeter of the University. The concrete patio adjacent to the west door of the University Center has been designated the Free Speech Zone.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Colorado Mesa University prohibits behavior based upon another’s status that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. Status refers to race, color, national origin, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, veteran status or employment status. Behaviors that may constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:
* Racial, ethnic, or other slurs
* Malicious name calling or allegations of wrong doing
* Anonymous notes or phone calls
* Derogatory graffiti
* Stereotyping the experiences, background, and skills of individuals or groups
* Threatening members of diverse groups
* Making inconsiderate or mean spirited jokes
* Imitating stereotypes in speech or mannerisms
* Preventing access to any college resource or activity
* Attributing objections to any of the above to “hypersensitivity” of the targeted individual group
Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
Posting of materials in windows or the exterior of room doors contrary to the educational mission of Residence Life and Colorado Mesa University is also prohibited. Such items include but are not limited to materials that: promote alcohol use, are obscene, verbally abusive, racially intimidating, or demean to another human being.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects or interferes with a student’s work or academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic or work environment.
The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
College electronic communications facilities shall not be used to: … Threaten, intimidate, harass, or defame others in violation of College policies or state and federal laws.
April 30, 2014
By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow A university in Colorado has earned the “Speech Code of the Month” for the month of April by the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education. Colorado Mesa University in western Colorado has designated a concrete patio near the door to the University Center as their “free speech” zone. Azhar Majeed of F.I.R.E. says it’s surprising many schools still have such “free speech” zones because so many “zones” have been overturned by the courts across the United States. He recalls a similar attempt at Southwestern College, a public community college in California “They also had a free-speech patio,” […]» Read More
March 6, 2006
The Daily Sentinel A recent move by the U.S. Supreme Court could dampen press freedoms at colleges across the country, especially for newspapers, such as The Criterion at Mesa State College, that receive college funding. Late last month the Supreme Court decided not to consider a case involving the administration of an Illinois public university that demanded to review the student newspaper before its publication. The appeals court decision, which affirmed the college’s right of prior review, significantly expanded a landmark 1988 case, where the Supreme Court distinguished between the First Amendment rights of elementary and high school students and […]» Read More
April 7, 2014
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for April 2014: Colorado Mesa University. Colorado Mesa’s policy on “Free Speech” limits students’ expressive activities to just one “concrete patio” on the university’s 86-acre campus. While the university has the right to enact reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions, courts have held time and again that onerous restrictions like this one are not reasonable.» Read More