Murray State University

Location: Murray, Kentucky
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Murray 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
  • Information Technology: Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 27, 2018

    University information technology resources may not be used in a harassing, offensive, profane, or abusive manner. The perception or reaction of affected persons is a major factor in determining if a specific action is in violation of this policy. Read More
  • Student Life Policies: Policy on Combating Sexual Harassment

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

    [S]exual harassment may be present if there are unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature and: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or participation or performance in a cour... Read More
  • Student Life Policies: Use of Outside Areas on Campus

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

    Recognized student organizations wishing to reserve outside areas on campus must make arrangements as follows: i. Use of areas around residential colleges or College Courts requires reservation with the Director of Housing. ii. Use of areas in or around the Curris Center or use of the Free Speech Zone requires reser... Read More
  • Student Life Handbook: Housing Regulations- Hazing and Harassment

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

    Mental or physical hazing or harassment in any form is prohibited, including harassing language or behavior of any kind, particularly sexual and discriminatory harassment. Discriminatory harassment is defined as physical acts or threats or verbal slurs or referring to an individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, sex, ... Read More
  • Student Life Policies: Statement on Student Rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 27, 2018

    Murray State University is a community whose members include its faculty, students, staff, administrators and alumni. The basic purpose of this University community is the enlargement, dissemination and application of knowledge. The most basic necessity for the achievement of this purpose is freedom of expression an... Read More
  • Title IX Information

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

    In general, sexual harassment may be present if there are unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature and: … such conduct is so severe or pervasive that it will be reasonably perceived, and is perceived by the victim, as creating an intimidating... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Speech Code of the Month: Murray State University

    March 3, 2010

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for March 2010: Murray State University in Kentucky. According to Murray State’s Student Life Policies, conduct violations in the university’s residence halls may be punished by “creative educational sanctions,” such as “writ[ing] a letter of apology” and “mak[ing] signs or bulletin boards.” These sanctions amount to compelled… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Murray State University

    April 1, 2008

    The Women’s Center at Murray State maintains a guide to sexual harassment that provides students with numerous examples of sexual harassment, including (among others): “Calling a person a doll, babe, or honey” “Making sexual innuendoes” “Telling sexual jokes or stories” “Turning discussions to sexual topics” “Looking a person up and down (elevator eyes)” “Displaying sexual… Read more