South Dakota State University

Location: Brookings, South Dakota
Website: http://www.sdstate.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

South Dakota 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
  • Policy and Procedure Manual: Harassment including Sexual Harassment

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

    iii. Harassment in this context also includes other conduct that is extreme and outrageous, exceeding all bounds usually tolerated by polite society and that has the purpose or the substantial likelihood of interfering with another person’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of a University activity, employment, or resource.

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  • Housing & Residential Life Residential Handbook: Harassment

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

    Harassment is a particularly harmful and illegal form of discrimination. It is SDSU’s policy that no form of harassment on any grounds of employees, students, and others associated with SDSU is permitted. Harassment means behavior toward another person that has the purpose or perception of creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment in order to interfere with another person’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of a University activity, employment, or resource.

    Sexual harassment is a particularly offensive form of discrimination. Sexual harassment may be established by showing that an individual has been subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

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  • Student Conduct Code: Prohibited Conduct

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

    7. [3.f.iv.7.] Unauthorized use or abuse of technology, including, but not limited to: … e. Use of technology to send harassing or abusive messages

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  • Student Conduct Code: Prohibited Conduct

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

    5. [3.f.v.5.] Harassment, as set forth in University Policy 4:4, which includes, but is not limited to the following:
    a. Conduct toward another person that has the purpose or effect of creating an objectively and subjectively intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment that substantially interferes with the individual’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of a University activity or resource; and
    b. Other conduct that is extreme and outrageous, exceeding all bounds usually tolerated by polite society and that has the purpose or the substantial likelihood of interfering with another person’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of a University activity or resource.

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  • Roommate Bill of Rights

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    The following list is a reminder of what your rights and responsibilities are as a roommate. These basic rights are:

    9.    The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • Free Speech Rights Must Extend to Students’ Online Expression

    October 24, 2012

    This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a “green light” rating from FIRE—a distinction currently awarded to just 16 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the years to come. So far, we have discussed how universities restrict speech by mandating “civility” and by improperly broadening the definition of “harassment.” (Harassment, while not protected speech, is a term with a very specific legal meaning.) Today we tackle another common problem: restrictions on […]

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