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: March 25, 2019

    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: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Offenses Against Persons

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 25, 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. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Attire

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: March 25, 2019

    Students’ dress at Kentucky State University, while reflecting personal freedom, should also reflect high standards of personal image so that each student may share in promoting a positive, healthy and safe atmosphere within the college community. Students are expected to follow the Kentucky State University D... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Guidelines Governing Time, Place and Manner of Meetings, Demonstrations and Other Assemblies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: March 25, 2019

    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 Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 25, 2019

    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
  • Code of Conduct: Offenses Disrupting Order or Disregarding Health and Safety

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 25, 2019

    Engaging in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances including intoxication due to the over-consumption of alcohol, in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance or disrupts the normal operations of the University. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Complaint and Grievance Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 25, 2019

    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: General Regulations Governing the Use of University Facilities by Registered Student Organizations- Posters, Handbills, Notices

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 25, 2019

    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 Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: March 25, 2019

    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 Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 25, 2019

    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 Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 25, 2019

    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 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