Morehead State University

Location: Morehead, Kentucky
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Morehead 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
  • PG-65: Campus Free Speech Protection: Student Speakers

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    (c)  Student Speakers: The selection of students to speak at official University events shall be made in a viewpoint-neutral manner. Prepared remarks of the student speaker shall not be altered before delivery, except in a viewpoint-neutral manner, unless requested by said student. A student speaker may be prohibit... Read More
  • Student Conduct Codes: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    Any behavior that is threatening or intimidating and which places a person in reasonable fear of harm to person or property; or creates a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing the person’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits. Any conduct or pattern of behavior directed at ... Read More
  • Resident Handbook: Advocacy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    We will strive to maintain a safe and welcoming environment that embodies our ideals of civility and mutual respect. This involves protecting each other’s rights of respectful expression while condemning hateful or victimizing acts. This includes sexual violence and other misconduct as covered by Title IX. We will n... Read More
  • Bias Incident Reporting

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    Please complete the form at www.moreheadstate.edu/bias-incident if you have experienced a bias related issue involving a member of the Morehead State University community. Morehead State University appreciates your willingness to submit this report. We are committed to an inclusive community and take all reports ser... Read More
  • PG-6: Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, affiliates, volunteers, guests and subcontractors of the University. … Sexual harassment is conduct based on sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive, and obj... Read More
  • PG-55: Technology Resource Acceptable Use

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    Prohibited activity with MSU technology resources include: Using University technology resources to gain unauthorized access to other technology resources (regardless of ownership or location), to engage in illegal activity, or to violate University policies, regulations, or rules. Read More
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Freedom of Speech

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    Morehead State University ensures the right to free speech and expression, and encourages the timely and rational discussion of topics whereby the ethical and intellectual development of students and general welfare of the public may be promoted. The generally accessible, open, outdoor areas of the campus are ma... Read More
  • Chalking Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    Students may use chalk (this does not include chalk paint) only when announcing events. Chalk may be used on horizontal surfaces which can be hit by rain. Individuals and/or groups may be assessed restitution charges for damages caused to University property. Read More
  • PG-65: Campus Free Speech Protection: Public Forums

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    (e) Public Forums: 1. The generally accessible, open, outdoor areas of campus are maintained as traditional public forums for University students and faculty to express their views. 2. Freedom of speech and expression of students and faculty is not limited to particular areas of the campus or “free speech zones.” 3.... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • January 2020 Speech Code of the Month: Morehead State University

    January 9, 2020

    (Editor’s note: This policy has since been revised. Please visit Morehead State University’s entry in FIRE’s Spotlight Database for more information.) Does hanging up one suggestive poster constitute harassment? Most likely not, but it might at Morehead State University, where the “Sexual Misconduct” policy is so broad it bans displaying “sexually suggestive objects or pictures,… Read more

  • More Bad News for Student Press Freedom

    September 27, 2005

    Evidence has begun to roll in showing that the freedom of the student press is under assault as never before. It’s certainly bad enough that our own federal court system is attacking the free campus press through the Seventh Circuit’s en banc decision in Hosty v. Carter (now being appealed to the Supreme Court)—but hold… Read more