Delta State University

Location: Cleveland, Mississippi
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Delta State University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more
  • Student Handbook: Title IX Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 20, 2019

    Sexual Harassment –It is unlawful to harass a person (an employee or student) because of that person’s gender. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual na... Read More
  • University Policies Manual: Appropriate Use of Computing and Network Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: March 20, 2019

    Free expression of ideas is central to the academic process. However, the University may remove any electronic information from its systems if it is determined that: … The information is inappropriate, because it is inconsistent with the mission of the University, or is otherwise not in compliance with the leg... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct – Offenses Against Persons

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 20, 2019

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, sexual contact without permission, stalking, coercion and other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. This section is intended to include any contact or communication that threatens, harasses or injures a person Read More
  • Handbook for Student Organizations: Posting of Fliers and Banners

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 20, 2019

    Individuals and organizations may post fliers only on billboards and/or designated areas on the inside of university buildings. All materials are expected to be in good taste. Read More
  • Freedom of Speech and Assembly

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: March 14, 2019

    Reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions will be enforced. However, the enforcement will not depend, in any way, on the subject matter involved in an expressive activity. It is strongly suggested that all activities be registered with the Vice President for Student Affairs’ office 48 hours in advance in order... Read More
  • University Policies Manual: Student Rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 14, 2019

    All members of the Delta State University community have certain rights and responsibilities. These include: … The right to dissent. In other words, to carry on individual or organized activity which expresses grievances held against, or changes desired. This activity is carried on within the limits of the dem... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • In Mississippi, ‘The Clarion-Ledger’ Reports on Dangers of State Colleges’ Speech Codes

    August 16, 2010

    In today’s edition of The Clarion-Ledger, the Jackson, Mississippi newspaper reports on speech codes maintained at public colleges statewide. Spurred by FIRE’s recent victory at nearby Hinds Community College, reporter Elizabeth Crisp writes: Students at Mississippi universities may have to watch what they say more than those in other states because of policies that free-speech… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Delta State University

    July 1, 2008

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for July 2008: Delta State University. Delta State’s harassment policy provides that harassment occurs when the work or learning environment “is one that a reasonable person would objectively find hostile or abusive or one that the particular person who is the object of the harassment perceives to… Read more