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 Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more
  • Student Code of Conduct: Offenses Against Persons

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    Offenses against persons include any contact or communication that threatens, harasses, or injures a person. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Physical abuse 2. Excessive physical discomfort 3. Sexual harassment 4. Sexual contact without permission 5. Sexual exploitation 6. Sexual assault 7... Read More
  • Student Handbook: The Thorobred Creed

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    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 Code of Conduct: Dress Code

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    Examples of Inappropriate Attire and/or Appearance … Clothing with derogatory, offensive, and/or lewd messages either in words or pictures. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Guidelines Governing Time, Place and Manner of Meetings, Demonstrations and Other Assemblies

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    Planned or spontaneous demonstrations, meetings, or assemblies may be conducted in those appropriate areas of the campus which are regularly available to the public, provided such demonstrations, meetings, or other assemblies meet the following conditions: They: a. Are conducted in a lawful and orderly manner; b. Do... Read More
  • Kentucky State University Title IX and Gender Based Violence Student Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    Harassment means conduct directed toward the complainant that is based on a person’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression. Conduct which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Cyberbullying Policy

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    Cyberbullying is repeated, unwanted, or aggressive behavior directed toward another through an electronic device or social media platform. Examples of cyberbullying include, but are not limited to, the following actions directed toward another: 1. Texting or emailing insults or rumors 2. Posting derogatory comments ... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Offenses Disrupting Order or Disregarding Health and Safety

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    Engaging in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, or boisterous behavior or being unreasonably loud. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Complaint and Grievance Procedures- Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    KSU is committed to maintaining the campus community as a place of work and study for students, free of harassment, intimidation, and exploitation. The University does not tolerate behavior that constitutes sexual or other unlawful harassment. Harassment in any form, including verbal and physical conduct, visual dis... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Posters, Handbills, Notices

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2018

    Organizations distributing/posting publicity deemed inappropriate (ex. foul language, photos unbecoming a classy male/female, etc) shall be held accountable and disciplinary action will be taken. Read More
  • Appropriate Usage Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    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
  • Student Handbook: Guidelines Governing Time, Place and Manner of Meetings, Demonstrations and Other Assemblies

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    Kentucky State University recognizes and confirms the right of all members of the University community to free expression, assembly, and advocacy. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 13, 2018

    The Board of Regents of Kentucky State University recognizes that an essential element of higher education is the freedom of intellectual inquiry and expression, for free inquiry and free-expression are indispensable to the attainment of the educational goals of Kentucky State University. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been 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