Rogers State University

Location: Claremore, Oklahoma
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Rogers 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 Handbook: Racial and Ethnic Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    In the educational context, racial/ethnic harassment is race discrimination which interferes with the students’ opportunities to enjoy the educational program offered by the University, prohibited by law under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. … Remedies or corrective actions will be tailored to redres... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Non-Academic Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    Abusive conduct: Unwelcome conduct that is sufficiently severe and pervasive that it alters the conditions of education or employment and creates an environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, harassing, or humiliating. The frequency of the conduct, its severity, and whether it is threatening or hu... Read More
  • Gender-Based Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    Examples of Gender-Based Misconduct. Specific categories of gender-based misconduct and other important definitions used in this Policy are included in the Definitions section following the Procedures, along with scenarios illustrating specific instances of gender-based misconduct. For purposes of illustration, the ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    Students of Rogers State University are guaranteed certain rights by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Oklahoma and the Rogers State University Student Government Association. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Facility Use

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    There are several public areas located on the University campus that are open to students and RSOs for free speech, protests, leafleting, etc. and require no reservation or notice (unless use also includes the placement of tables, booths, structures, large displays, vehicles, sound, audio or PA systems, or when assi... Read More
  • Academic Computing Services: Computer Use

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    Freedom of expression and an open environment to pursue scholarly inquiry and for sharing of information are encouraged, supported, and protected at Rogers State University. These values lie at the core of our academic community. Censorship is not compatible with the tradition and goals of the University. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Non-Academic Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    Harassment, intimidation or bullying: Harassment, intimidation or bullying involves unwelcome conduct by an individual(s) that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it alters the conditions of education, employment, or living environment and creates an environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating,... Read More
  • Rogers State University: First Amendment Violations

    August 30, 2010

    The Organization for Advocating the Rights of Students (OARS) faced a series of administrative restrictions while seeking to obtain status as a recognized student organization. OARS was told that it would not be allowed to circulate flyers on campus if the information on them was "not correct," a violation of the First Amendment and a… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Rogers State University

    November 4, 2013

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2013: Rogers State University. The Student Code (PDF) at Oklahoma’s Rogers State University includes a policy on “Campus Expression” that provides, in relevant part: In order to protect the rights of all concerned individuals, any students or student organizations wanting to hold a peaceful protest must register with… Read more

  • ‘Claremore Daily Progress’ Highlights Advances for Student Rights at Rogers State, But Free Speech Still in Danger in Oklahoma

    November 23, 2010

    This month, Zack Stoycoff from the Claremore Daily Progress (Oklahoma) has devoted three articles to coverage of FIRE and our recent case at local Rogers State University (RSU). Torch readers might remember RSU stduent Renee Morse-Heenan’s struggle to earn recognition for her group, the Organization for Advancing the Rights of Students (OARS), at RSU this… Read more

  • Rogers State Official Out after FIRE Intervenes in Controversy

    October 26, 2010

    Both The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and the Claremore Daily Progress (Okla.) are reporting that Rogers State University (RSU) Coordinator of Student Activities Lynn Brown is no longer employed at Rogers State. The articles connect the end of her employment with the fact that FIRE recently intervened in a students’ rights controversy at RSU in which… Read more

  • Student Rights Group Recognized at Rogers State University, but Deficiencies in Recognition Process Remain

    October 12, 2010

    After a number of First Amendment hiccups, and an intervention from FIRE, the Organization for Advocating the Rights of Students (OARS) is now recognized at Oklahoma’s Rogers State University (RSU). Uncertainty remains, however, about the fairness of the processes by which student groups obtain recognition at RSU. FIRE was first contacted by OARS President Renee… Read more