New Mexico State University

Location: , New Mexico
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

New Mexico 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 here.

Yellow Light Policies
  • Administrative Rules and Procedures: Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct on Campus

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other non-verbal, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or gender bias nature, constitute a violation of NMSU policy and/or administrative rules and procedures when: … The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment in which to work or learn.

    6. Examples of unwelcome conduct of a sexual or sex related nature that may constitute a violation of policy, rules or procedures may include, but are not limited to:

    c. Sexually explicit or gender related statements, comments, questions, jokes, innuendoes, anecdotes, or gestures;

    e. Remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body;

    f. Use of technology, electronic mail or computer dissemination of sexually oriented, sex-based communications or sexually explicit images;

    i. Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, magazines, cartoons, or screen savers; or

    j. Inquiries, remarks, or discussions about an individual’s sexual experiences or activities and other written or verbal references to sexual conduct.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    Any outdoor area that is generally accessible to the public may be used by any individual or group for petitioning, distributing written material, handing out newspapers, or conducting speech acts. Prior approval is not necessary as long as the primary action is not to advertise or sell a commercial product. Activities must follow all applicable fire codes, local, state, and federal laws.

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  • Administrative Rules and Procedures: Acceptable Use

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    [E]xamples of misuse include, but are not limited to: … Using information and technology equipment and resources for unlawful purposes including fraudulent, defamatory or harassing acts, acts of violence, etc.

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  • UNM Falls Short on Free Speech Survey

    December 25, 2015

    By Maggie Shepard at Albuquerque Journal ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three universities in New Mexico received poor grades for campus free speech, according to a group that advocates for individual rights on campuses. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released its annual report this month, giving red, yellow or green light grades to universities and colleges across the nation based on how restrictive school speech and behavior policies are on campus. The University of New Mexico received the lowest score, red, while Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State University received a middle grade, yellow. The group surveyed 440 […]

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.