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 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
  • Student Life Handbook: Housing Regulations- Window and Exterior Door Decorations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: January 14, 2021

    Residents should give consideration to the uniqueness of the university and the diverse population it serves, if the resident chooses to decorate the windows and/or doors of the room. Designs for exterior room doors and windows will have to meet the approval of Housing and Residence Life Departments. Proposed design... Read More
  • Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 14, 2021

    [I]n general, sexual harassment means inappropriate conduct on the basis of sex including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … such conduct when committed by a student is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it has t... Read More
  • Office of I.D.E.A.: Sexual Harassment Prevention- What is the practical definition of sexual harassment?

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 14, 2021

    Hostile Environment: In which verbal or non-verbal behavior in the workplace or academic environment … Is severe or pervasive enough to affect the person’s work/academic environment The following are examples that can create a hostile environment if unwanted, uninvited, and pervasive: Off-color jokes or... Read More
  • Student Life Policies: Policy on Combating Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 14, 2021

    [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 Handbook: Housing Regulations- Hazing and Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 14, 2021

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

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: January 14, 2021

    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
  • Student Life Policies: Use of Outside Areas on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: January 14, 2021

    Recognized student organizations wishing to reserve outside areas on campus may, but are not required to, make arrangements as follows: i. For use of areas around residential colleges or College Courts contact the Director of Housing. ii. For use of areas in or around the Curris Center or use of the Free Speech Zone... Read More
  • Information Technology: Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 14, 2021

    University information technology resources may not be used by any person to harass, intimidate, or abuse another person or group in a manner that violates state or federal laws or regulations, or opinions issued by the Kentucky Attorney General. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly 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