Morehead State University

Location: Morehead, Kentucky
Website: http://www.moreheadstate.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Morehead 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

  • Free Speech Area

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 28, 2017

    The area of the Eagle Veterans Monument near the Little Bell Tower is designated as the University’s free speech area. Like many of those in place on other public campuses, MSU’s free speech area resulted from U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the late 1960’s that said public schools could not deny any person’s First Amendment guarantee of freedom of expression. However, the Court also ruled that institutions could dictate the time, place and manner of free speech in such areas. MSU’s site was selected on the basis that it is centrally located and can be avoided by pedestrians who do not wish to hear what is being said. No PA systems are permitted and the area may be used only during daylight hours. Any individual or organization utilizing the free speech zone must request to use the space through the Office of Conference and Event Services.

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  • UAR Number 337: Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 28, 2017

    Examples of sexual harassment include (but are not limited to):

    • Unwelcome sexual flirtation or advances;
    • Offering employment, promotions, grades or other benefits in exchange for sexual favors;
    • Making or threatening reprisals for refusing sexual advances;
    • Unwelcome visual and/or electronic conduct such as leering; making sexual gestures; displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons or posters; and suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations;
    • Unwelcome verbal or electronic conduct such as derogatory comments; epithets; slurs; sexual innuendo; sexual jokes; graphic verbal commentaries about a person’s body; and sexually degrading words used to describe a person;
    • Unwelcome physical conduct such as unwarranted, suggestive or offensive touching; and impeding or blocking movement.

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  • PG-55: Technology Resource Acceptable Use

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 28, 2017

    Prohibited Conduct … Sending email with a false return address or account ID, sending harassing email or inappropriate email messages, sending harassing or inappropriate text messages, making harassing or inappropriate phone calls, or otherwise creating a hostile work or academic environment via a technology resource. Sending chain mail or unauthorized mass mailings is prohibited.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Codes of Conduct: Solicitation

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 28, 2017

    Distributing, promoting, selling, advertising, or collecting information or material goods on University property or within University-owned facilities without permission from an authorized University official. Requesting that someone engage in the aforementioned activities on behalf of an individual or organization.

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  • Resident Handbook: Multicultural Philosophy

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 28, 2017

    We will not tolerate any form of behavior pertaining to racism, sexism, bigotry, harassment, intimidation, threats, or abuse, whether verbal or written, physical or psychological, direct or implied. We will be intentional in educating our staff and students to respond proactively to such behavior. We will not accept ignorance, anger, fear, religious bias, humor, or substance use as an excuse, reason, or rationale for oppressive behavior.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Conduct Codes: Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 28, 2017

    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 an individual or a group in a manner that is unwelcome and, under the totality of the circumstances, is so severe or pervasive that it undermines or detracts from the person’s educational or work opportunities or participation in University activities, effectively denying equal access to University resources and opportunities.

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  • Introduction to the Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 28, 2017

    Students are guaranteed the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly.

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  • Student Codes of Conduct: Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 28, 2017

    Sexual Harassment can take one of two forms. The first form involves unwelcome verbal, electronic, physical and/or visual conduct based on sex, which both (1) unreasonably interferes with a person’s work or educational performance, and (2) creates an environment that both a reasonable person and the specific person being harassed would find intimidating, hostile or offensive.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • 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 on, it gets worse. In just the last few days, FIRE has become aware of not one, not two, but three different assaults on campus press freedom that have taken place since the beginning of the school year—and it’s only the end of September. Our […]

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