Montana State University

Location: Bozeman, Montana
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Montana 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
  • MSU Policies and Procedures: Freedom of Expression Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 13, 2020

    The following forms of expression are not protected forms of speech and may lead to individuals or groups being subject to disciplinary, administrative or legal action: … Harassment, including speech and other conduct based on a protected class, targeted at an individual, that effectively denies educational ac... Read More
  • Conduct Guidelines and Grievance Procedures for Students: 628.00 Theft/Misuse of Property

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 13, 2020

    Use of computing facilities to send harassing or abusive messages. Read More
  • Board of Regents Policy & Procedures Manual: Policy 1304.1- User Responsibilities- Students

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 13, 2020

    GUIDELINES: RECOMMENDATIONS, NOT REQUIREMENTS: Examples of Misuse of Information Technology Resources The following items represent, but do not fully define, misuse of information technology resources. Note that many of these examples may be considered appropriate uses of technology resources in specific academic co... Read More
  • Bias and Bias Related Incidents

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: January 13, 2020

    Bias can be defined as an inclination, temperament or prejudice for or against persons because of their memberships in a protected class, especially in a way considered to be unfair. While bias can take many shapes, it typically results in a state of emotional discomfort and insecurity for the victim. An incident th... Read More
  • Residence Hall Handbook: Decorations/Room Displays

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: January 13, 2020

    Possessions or displays which are inconsistent with accepted standards or University policies should not be displayed on the outside of room doors or in general view of the public. This includes room windows. For example, posters of nude persons, and harassing or intimidating visual materials are considered inapprop... Read More
  • Conduct Guidelines and Grievance Procedures for Students: 623.00 Assault and Harm to Persons

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: January 13, 2020

    Bullying and Cyberbullying are repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally, and are not protected by freedom of expression. Read More
  • MSU Policies and Procedures: Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 13, 2020

    Please do not wait to report conduct of concern until harassment becomes sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, pervasive, or persistent) to create a hostile environment. The RO can take proactive steps to prevent harassment from continuing and perhaps escalating and to protect or otherwise assist the person harassed. ... Read More
  • MSU Policies and Procedures: Freedom of Expression Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: January 13, 2020

    MSU supports and encourages diverse points of view, though they may sometimes seem distasteful or offensive, as this is the nature of the University’s educational responsibility and is safeguarded by the freedom of expression. The acceptance of diversity is a fundamental tenet of the Land Grant University system and... Read More
  • Conduct Guidelines and Grievance Procedures for Students: 622.00 Harassment, Hazing, and Bystanding

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 13, 2020

    A.Harassment includes but is not limited to verbal, psychological, graphic and/or written abuse directed at another, beyond a reasonable expression of opinion, which: 1. Is threatening or carries with it the intention to do bodily harm; or 2. Disrupts or undermines a person’s exercise of their responsibilities... Read More
  • Montana State to revise student event policy criticized by FIRE

    August 31, 2020

    Montana State University is revising a policy that required student organizations to hand over event attendee lists to administrators — even in the absence of a single positive case of COVID-19 among attendees.  MSU’s communications department confirmed to FIRE last Thursday that the Office of Student Engagement is “crafting and disseminating new language regarding attendance… Read more

  • Give up your constitutional rights due to COVID? At Montana State University, there’s an app for that.

    August 26, 2020

    As colleges and universities determine ways to track and prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are bound to be missteps. But Montana State University’s policy forcing student organizations to hand over their event attendee lists to administrators — even in the absence of a single positive case of the virus — is less of a… Read more

  • SPLC: Montana State Court Latest to Apply Common Sense to Colleges’ FERPA Excuses

    March 5, 2012

    Over on the Student Press Law Center’s blog, Frank LoMonte has an excellent post calling attention to a recent decision by a Montana state court in the case of Bozeman Daily Chronicle v. Montana State University.  The case concerned Montana State University’s refusal to fulfill an open records request made by student journalists seeking documents… Read more

  • Montana State University Passes New Policy Expanding Areas for Free Speech on Campus

    October 6, 2011

    Students at Montana State University – Bozeman (MSU) will now enjoy a much-improved right to engage in free speech and expressive activity on their campus. That’s because, as reported by the MSU student newspaper The Exponent, the Montana State University Council has passed a revised version of MSU’s Freedom of Expression Policy that appears to… Read more