Michigan Technological University

Location: Houghton, Michigan
Website: http://www.mtu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Thank Michigan Technological University for its commitment to free speech.

Speech Code Rating

Michigan Technological University has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Green Light Policies
  • Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Policy For Students of Michigan Technological University

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 9, 2019

    Sexual Harassment
    Unwelcomed sexual, sex-based, and/or gender-based verbal, written, online and or physical conduct that constitutes Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment or Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment, as defined below.

    Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment
    When sexual harassment is severe, persistent or pervasive, and subjectively and objectively offensive, such that it unreasonably interferes with, denies, or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the institution’s education or employment programs.

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  • Student Code of Community Conduct: Bullying

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: December 4, 2018

    Intentional, repeated and/or severe aggressive electronic, written, verbal or physical acts of physical, social, or emotional domination that are intended to and do objectively and subjectively intimidate, harm, or control another physically or emotionally so as to substantially interfere with or limit their ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or employment.

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  • Student Code of Community Conduct: Discriminatory Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 4, 2018

    Engaging in severe, pervasive, or objectively and subjectively offensive conduct that is unwelcome, discriminatory (on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, disabled veteran status, veteran status, or disability), and directed at an individual or a group of individuals so that it significantly interferes with or limits the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program and/or University activities or opportunities. Discriminatory Harassment includes the creation of a hostile environment as well as attempts to create quid pro quo situations.

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  • University Policy No. 5.06: Use of Reserved University Outside Grounds

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies, Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: December 4, 2018


    No prior registration or approval is required for individuals or groups who intend to speak on campus grounds generally open to the public who:

    • Require no amplification, specific equipment or setup needs; and
    • Will not unreasonably block or interfere with the normal flow of pedestrian or other traffic at the location; and
    • Will not create a safety hazard to other persons or damage to property of the University or third parties; and
    • Will not unreasonably interfere by noise or activity level with other scheduled or normal University activities (including but not limited to classes, laboratory or office activities)  at or reasonably near the location; and
    • Will not create litter as a direct result of the distribution of  written  non-commercial promotional material; and
    • Will not involve food/drink distribution or sales or commercial promotion or advertising.

    In no event will subject matter or speech content be a factor in the granting or denial of a reservation or the evaluation or applicability of the above exclusions  unless the subject matter or manner of  discourse is illegal under federal or state law, including committing, advocating, threatening or urging violence, physical harm, damage  or injury to persons or property or trespassing, or threatens an unreasonable prevention of or disruption of the customary and lawful functions of the University by force,  threat of force or intentional level of activity.

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  • Student Code of Community Conduct: Assault, Endangerment and Threats

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 4, 2018

    Intentionally or recklessly threatening physical harm to any person; or intentionally or recklessly causing reasonable apprehension of such harm; or communicating to any person (including communicating by any communication device, anonymously or otherwise), with intent to threaten another person for no legitimate purpose.

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  • Meet The Taxpayer-Funded Administrator Who Thinks Title IX Supersedes The US Constitution

    December 11, 2015

    By Eric Owens at The Daily Caller An administrator at Michigan Technological University is also laboring under the impression that Title IX takes legal precedence over the United States Constitution. He also believes students violate Title IX when they make raunchy jokes about sexual harassment. The administrator is Les Cook, the president for student affairs at Michigan Tech, a taxpayer-funded public school with an ugly campus in the frozen tundra of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Cook made his odd claim about the supremacy of Title IX earlier this month as he attempted to justify Michigan Tech’s decision to place The Daily […]

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  • Administrator Joins OCR in Forgetting the Constitution’s Supremacy

    December 23, 2015

    Earlier this month, Michigan Technological University (MTU) found itself at the center of some unwanted attention after unconstitutionally disciplining a student newspaper based on the content of one of its articles. The Daily Bull, a satirical publication, was placed on probation for two years by the MTU administration and had part of its funding revoked by the student government after publishing a satirical article titled “Sexually Harassed Man Pretty Okay with Situation,” accompanied by a list of “Signs that she wants the D.” FIRE is unfortunately all too familiar with attacks on the First Amendment rights of student publications and […]

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  • With FIRE’s Policy Analysis in Hand, Michigan Tech to Revise ‘Red Light’ Sexual Harassment Policies

    November 2, 2011

    Back in December of last year, FIRE sent a national certified mass mailing to the presidents and general counsels at nearly 300 public colleges and universities. In our letter, we warned university leadership that in light of important legal developments during 2010, the case law regarding university speech codes was even clearer than before, and that institutional leaders and officials risked incurring personal liability for monetary damages if they continued to enact and maintain unconstitutional policies in violation of this body of law. In response to our mailing, we have received and continued to receive inquiries from a number of […]

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