Lake Superior State University

Location: Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Lake Superior 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 Handbook: Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 11, 2019

    All postings must first be approved by the Campus Life Office, located in the Cisler Center. Postings must bear the most recent stamp of approval. … Postings deemed offensive, sexist, vulgar, discriminatory or suggestive will not be approved. Failure to comply with this policy will result in the removal and di... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 11, 2019

    Behavior which violates these values is considered disruptive and is subject to disciplinary action. … Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following: … Abuse, disrespect, noise or other actions that disrupt the educational enterprise and campus environment. Read More
  • Housing Handbook: Harassment, Bullying and Intimidation

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 11, 2019

    In order to succeed personally and academically, all residents must be able to live free from unnecessary emotional stress caused by others. Physical and verbal harassment, including harassment based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religious preference, etc. will not be tolerated in a res... Read More
  • Policy Number 1.15: Campus Right to Assemble/Demonstration Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: March 11, 2019

    Prior to sponsoring a rally, demonstration, march or other event, a group or organization representative must complete and submit an event application (see below) at least 72 hours in advance of any activity to the Public Safety Office. This information will serve and protect all parties. A member of University staf... Read More
  • Policy Number 1.5.2: Gender-Based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 11, 2019

    Prohibited Conduct: Prohibited conduct includes sexual and gender based discrimination, sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, stalking, cyber stalking, intimate partner violence, retaliation, and prohibited relationships by persons in authority. Prohi... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Treatment of Others

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 11, 2019

    Everyone is expected to treat other members of the University community, whether students, faculty, or staff, with respect and consideration at all times. … Any acts that infringe on others’ rights and safety, including but not limited to, physical or verbal abuse, sexual misconduct, or acts of discrimination,... Read More
  • Student Organization Handbook: Campus Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 11, 2019

    Publicity containing any of the following will not be approved and will be removed immediately if posted: Any reference to illegal substances, unless in connection with an education message or event. Any reference promoting the use of alcohol, unless in connection with an educational message or event. Offensive lan... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Information Technology Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: March 11, 2019

    The following list while not exhaustive provides some examples and guidelines on what constitutes inappropriate, unacceptable or illegal use of information technology, computing and networking resources and would be the just cause for taking disciplinary and/or legal action: … Harassment or libelous conduct of... Read More
  • ‘Free Speech Zones,’ Then and Now

    December 27, 2016

    In September 2013, FIRE released an infographic reporting for the first time on the number of schools in our Spotlight Database that have “free speech zones”—policies limiting student demonstrations and other expressive activities to small and/or out-of-the-way areas on campus. At that time, roughly one in six of the colleges and universities in Spotlight maintained… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Lake Superior State University

    May 11, 2015

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for May 2015: Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Michigan. LSSU’s Posting Policy, found in the Student Handbook, requires that all postings be approved by the university’s Campus Life Office and provides that “[p]ostings deemed offensive, sexist, vulgar, discriminatory or suggestive will not be approved.” The potential… Read more

  • Victory at Temple College Explained in Today’s Podcast

    November 10, 2008

    Last Thursday, FIRE’s press release described our latest victory for freedom of expression at Temple College (Texas), where the school’s president quickly reversed the censorship of a religiously themed cartoon and the Nietzsche quotation “God is dead” after receiving a letter from FIRE. In today’s episode of FIREside Chats, Adam Kissel, Director of FIRE’s Individual… Read more

  • Colorado College and LSSU Media Round-Up

    April 18, 2008

    April has been a media-friendly month here at FIRE and we’d like to take a minute to catch you up on all the latest coverage of our cases, specifically articles on Colorado College and Lake Superior State University. As Torch readers know, the controversy at Colorado College continues, with student Chris Robinson awaiting the decision… Read more

  • Reason’s Hit & Run on LSSU

    April 10, 2008

    Check out Nick Gillespie’s post over at Reason blog ‘Hit & Run’ about FIRE’s case at Lake Superior State College. Nick writes: FIRE has always made a consistent argument (and has defended scholars and the right and the left) that public universities, precisely because they are government-sponsored, are totally bound by the First Amendment in… Read more

  • LSSU. Bastion of academic freedom. Killer of comics

    April 10, 2008

    A brouhaha over freedom of speech at Lake Superior State University is gaining attention in academic circles. Office door postings by LSSU professor Dr. Richard Crandall are at the centre of the storm. Crandall’s conservative-leaning cartoons and photos have offended some and led university officials to consider reprimanding him. According to an article on the… Read more

  • Political Double Standard at Lake Superior State University

    April 9, 2008

    In a press release today, FIRE adds Lake Superior State University to the list of schools where double standards for political expression are the norm. (Compare to the ludicrous situation at Colorado College.) Lake Superior State University (LSSU) has ordered a professor to remove materials dealing with issues such as Islamic terrorism, gun control, presidential… Read more

  • Lake Superior State University Violates Free Expression Rights

    April 9, 2008

    SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich., April 9, 2008—Lake Superior State University (LSSU) has ordered a professor to remove materials dealing with issues such as Islamic terrorism, gun control, presidential politics, and the war in Iraq from his office door or face charges of “insubordination.” After an anonymous person complained that the materials were offensive, LSSU officials… Read more