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

  • UAR Number 337: Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 27, 2018

    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.

    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: August 27, 2018

    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
  • Free Speech Area

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 27, 2018

    The area of the Eagle Veterans Monument and the Little Bell Tower have traditionally served as campus locations that best facilitate speech activities. Traditionally referred to as the free speech area*, these sites are centrally located, have high volumes of pedestrian traffic, afford multiple routes for the free flow of traffic, and tend to create the least disruption to academic activitiesandresidentialzones. SeveralsitesmaybereservedinthisareathroughtheOffice of Conference and Event Services (/Administration/Facilities-Management/Conference-Event- Services).

    *Outdoor Public Forums on Campus

    The right to use particular locations on MSU’s campus for speech activities is largely a function of the character and/or location of the property where the speech occurs. The free expression of ideas are permitted in most outdoor areas of the campus. However, MSU must be able to ensure safety, security and order, prevent unlawful conduct, preserve campus property, and limit any disruption to the mission of the University. Therefore, reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on the use of these area may be necessary. We recommend that any university affiliated person or organization desiring to coordinate or engage in activities such as meetings, rallies, parades, conferences, speeches, distribution of written materials, and information booths submit their request to use space through the Office of Conference and Event Services.

    In the interest of public safety and protecting the mission of the university, persons and organization who are not affiliated with Morehead State University are required to request the use of space through the Office of Conference and Event Services at least two business days in advance unless deemed a spontaneous event. Person or organizations failing to make such a request risk significantly interfering with and/or disrupting university business. Such disruption is not permissible or protected and may require the person or organization to cease their activity. In most circumstances, sound amplification/PA systems are not permitted and non- university sponsored/sanctioned activities are limited to daylight hours.

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  • Student Codes of Conduct: Solicitation

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 27, 2018

    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: August 27, 2018

    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: August 27, 2018

    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: August 27, 2018

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

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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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