Middle Georgia State University

Location: Macon, Georgia
Website: 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 Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2017

    Middle Georgia University is committed to maintaining an academic and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity and can work freely together, both in and out of the classroom, to further education, service, and research. No member of its community, including faculty, staff or students, should be subjected to any form of harassment or retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or other ideology. …

    Examples of harassing conduct include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. Epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, intimidating, or hostile acts that relate to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability; and
    2. Written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability that is placed on walls, bulletin boards, or elsewhere on University premises, or circulated on the campus.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment & Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2017

    The following behavior is specifically prohibited: … Other sexual harassing behavior including, but not limited to, comments about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words to describe an individual, off-color jokes or language, innuendos, and materials that are sexually suggestive.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Residence Life Policies- Harassment and Intimidation

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2017

    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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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 25, 2017

    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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  • Student Handbook: Harassment Policy- Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2017

    Sexual harassment constitutes discrimination and is illegal under federal and state law, and Board of Regents’ policy. For the purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines, as unwelcome sexual advancements, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when, for example: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment or academic environment.

    Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not so subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include, but not limited to: unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendoes; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature.

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  • Student Handbook: Posting and Publicity

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2017

    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 …

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    Signs and flyers should not contain lewd or offensive words, symbols, or pictures. … 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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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2017

    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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