Middle Georgia State University

Location: Macon, Georgia
Website: https://www.mga.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Middle Georgia 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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Middle Georgia State University Policy Manual: Policies/Regulations- Harassment and Intimidation

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

    To succeed personally and academically, an individual must be able to live free from unnecessary emotional stress caused by others. Physical or emotional harassment is not tolerated in the Residence Life community. Harassment is the intimidation, invasion of privacy, or any threat to the well-being of another or their property that is communicated verbally, in writing or through any other means of communication (phone, computer, etc.). No person shall harass, threaten to harm, or exhibit behavior that threatens to harm another person. This shall include harassment on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, etc.

    No person shall physically or verbally assault, batter, or intimidate another. These actions are subject to student conduct procedures and/or legal action.

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  • Middle Georgia State University Policy Manual: 4.1.5 Student Code Of Conduct- Responsibilities

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

    Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to the following: … Verbal abuse – beyond a reasonable statement of opinion – that may cause humiliation or stress to another (i.e. bullying).

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  • Middle Georgia State University Policy Manual: Posting And Publicity

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: December 13, 2018

    All publicity and promotional material for on- and off-campus events and activities, including but not limited to, posters, notices, and banners must be approved …

    Signs and flyers should not contain lewd or offensive words, symbols, or pictures. All approved materials must be posted in approved locations and removed after the event is over. A listing of approved locations is available.  Any material posted in unapproved locations (i.e. glass doorways, painted or wooden surfaces), not bearing the approved stamp, or otherwise not in compliance with these regulations will be removed.

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  • Middle Georgia State University Policy Manual: 6.5.1 Sexual Misconduct

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

    Sexual Harassment:Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct, based on sex or on gender stereotypes, that is implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of employment or status in a course, program, or activity; is a basis for employment or educational decisions; or is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to interfere with one’s work or educational performance creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment, or interfering with or limiting one’s ability to participate in or to benefit from an institutional program or activity.

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Green Light Policies
  • Middle Georgia State University Policy Manual: 6.4 Freedom of Expression Policy

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

    To facilitate the free exchange of ideas, MGA has designated accessible, high-traffic locations on campus as “Public Forum Areas.” The designation of these areas shall not be used to prohibit members of the University community from engaging in communication elsewhere on campus.

    Members of the University community who are planning events or gatherings for the purpose of expression, and expect to draw a crowd of 30 or more persons, must submit a reservation request to the Division of Student Affairs at least three University business days in advance of the event.

    If spontaneous expression draws a large group (30 or more persons), the Office of Student Affairs or the Campus Director will inform both the Office of Communications and University Police, so that they may ensure the safety of all involved and make any necessary announcements.

    While members of the University community may engage in communication and expression anywhere on campus, the University reserves the right to have University Police ask groups that grow to more than 30 persons and/or are becoming disruptive to the learning environment or business operations of the university to relocate their demonstration or event to a designated Public Forum Area.

    No matter the size of the group gathering, it is not necessary to reserve use of Public Forum Areas for purposes of immediate or spontaneous expression that is prompted, for instance, by news coming into public knowledge less than 48 hours prior to a demonstration.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • Speech Code of the Month: Middle Georgia State University

    September 12, 2017

    FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for September 2017: Middle Georgia State University. According to MGA’s ironically named Freedom of Expression Policy, “[t]he University has designated ‘Free Expression Areas’ on each campus, and these areas are the only areas that may be used for expression.” (Emphasis added.) In fact, “areas” is too generous — there is just one free expression area on each of the university’s five campuses. On the main campus in Macon, for example, expressive activity is limited to “the lawn between the Education Building and the Library.” And despite the fact that students in Macon […]

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