Kentucky State University

Location: Frankfort, Kentucky
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Kentucky 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: The Thorobred Creed

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    AS A TRUE THOROBRED … I will respect the dignity, rights and property of all persons; … I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions; … In thought, word and deed, I will support excellence in the learning, growth and development of others; …... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Activities

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    Any activity must be scheduled in accordance with University policies and procedures, and at a time and in such a manner that will not disrupt normal operations and other activities of the University. All activities held off-campus must have the approval of the Director of Campus Life. Unbecoming conduct at an of... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    Harassment: Engaging in a course of conduct intended to harass, intimidate, or unreasonably impair a person’s ability to participate in or fully benefit from the campus environment. Read More
  • Appropriate Usage Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    Though not exhaustive, the following list is provided to emphasize that these activities are NOT allowed on KSU network or computer systems: … Possessing, posting, accessing or distributing obscene materials. Examples include but are not limited to materials that contain pornography, racial slurs, expletives &... Read More
  • Kentucky State University Policies and Procedures on Sexual Harassment as defined under Title IX

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    Sexual Harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that occurs in the University’s education program or education activity and satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a per... Read More
  • Core Values: Excellence and Innovation

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    We strive to offer excellent academic programs; to encourage exploration and discovery through providing outstanding instruction, technology and facilities; and to ignite a curiosity toward the world and a passion for lifelong learning. We seek to reward the pursuit and achievement of excellence and innovation in an... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Speech Code of the Month: Kentucky State University

    February 14, 2018

    FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for February 2018: Kentucky State University. Kentucky State’s updated Student Code of Conduct contains an expanded list of “offenses against persons” that — in addition to wholly reasonable bans on physical abuse, harassment, threats, and the like — includes a ban on “embarrassment.” Yes, you read that… Read more