Pittsburg State University

Location: Pittsburg, Kansas
Website: http://www.pittstate.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Pittsburg 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.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Guide to Hall Living: Standards for Community Living

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: June 30, 2017

    [W]hile each of us has the right to our own personal beliefs, these beliefs in no way give us the right to denigrate others on the basis of age, physical disability, national origin, sexual orientation, race, gender, or religious affiliation.

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    Bigotry and hate will be given no home within our University Housing community. Our community will not tolerate verbal or written abuse, threats, intimidation, violence, or other forms of harassment against its members. Thus, we cannot accept ignorance, false humor, anger, alcohol, or substance abuse as an excuse, reason, or rationale for such behavior.

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    All of us who work and live in the Pittsburg State University residence hall community have chosen to be here. Thus, we must commit ourselves to these principles which are the basis for our purpose, value, and worth.

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  • Guide to Hall Living: Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 30, 2017

    No form of harassment will be tolerated. Harassment is conduct which intimidates or threatens any person, their health or safety. Verbal or physical abuse or threat of abuse against any person or verbal or physical threat against any authorized function or event will not be tolerated within the residence halls or on campus.

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  • Guide to Hall Living: Posting Guidelines

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 30, 2017

    Postings deemed inappropriate or 10 offensive by the University Housing staff.

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    Residents may not post any items in public view (outside room doors, in windows, hallways, etc.) that may be deemed offensive. University Housing reserves the right to remove any items deemed offensive or inappropriate. Students found in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.

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  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Poster Guidelines

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 30, 2017

    There are specific locations from which a student, group, or organization may make written materials available to students on campus. Reasonable conditions may be imposed to regulate the timeliness of requests, to determine the appropriateness of the space assigned, time of use, and to insure proper maintenance of the facilities. For written distribution policies in the residence halls, see the University Housing Office, 203 Horace Mann Hall; for on-campus distribution policies for printed materials, see the Student Center Information Desk. Poster guidelines set by the Student Government Association are available at the Student Center Information Desk in the Jack H. Overman Student Center.

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  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 30, 2017

    Sexual discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, defined as the use of one’s authority or power to coerce another into unwanted sexual relations or to punish another for his/her refusal, or the creation of an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working education environment through repetitive verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by any member of the University community, shall be a violation of Pittsburg State University’s Affirmative Action Policy.

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  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Racial Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 30, 2017

    Academic freedom can exist only when all are free to pursue ideas in a nonthreatening atmosphere of mutual respect. Racial harassment is harmful not only to the persons involved, but also to the entire University community. Racial harassment includes but is not limited to verbal, physical or written abuse directed toward an individual or group, blatant and subtle graffiti, and insensitive use of language including epithets and humor on the basis of the race, ethnicity or racial affiliation, and has the purpose or effect of the following: 1) creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment for an individual or group; 2) interfering with an individual’s or group’s work, academic performance, living environment, personal safety, or participation in any University-sponsored activities; 3) threatening an individual’s or group’s employment or academic opportunities.

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  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: June 30, 2017

    Freedom of the individual may be defined as the right to act or speak, so long as it does not adversely affect the rights of others. Believing in this concept, Pittsburg State University will protect freedom of action and freedom of speech for both students and employees, so long as it is not of an inflammatory or demeaning nature and does not interfere with the students living and study conditions, and the administration of its affairs. It shall constitute a disruptive act for any member of the University community to engage in any conduct which would substantially obstruct, interfere with or impair instruction, research, administration, authorized use of University facilities, the rights and privileges of other members of the University community, or disciplinary proceedings. Moreover, Pittsburg State University is committed to improving the quality of student life by promoting a diversified educational and cultural experience for all its students. Therefore, racist conduct or other acts of bigotry will not be tolerated. Rights and freedoms imply duties and responsibilities. Note should be taken that a student who exercises his or her rights as a private citizen whether individually or as a member of a group must assume full responsibility for his or her actions.

     

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