Southeast Missouri State University

Location: Cape Girardeau , Missouri
Website: http://www.semo.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Southeast Missouri 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
  • Responsible Redhawks Guide: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    Section 4: Physical abuse, sexual misconduct, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, coercion and/or other conduct which (a) submits any person to pain, discomfort or indignity or (b) threatens or endangers the physical or mental health or safety of any person. This can include threats, harassment, and other forms of misconduct through electronic forms of communication and social media.

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  • Responsible Redhawks Guide: Sexual Harassment Policy & Sexual Assault Guidelines

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    [T]he policy presented here applies to students as well as to employees. … According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Federal Government Title VII and IX, sexual harassment is any unwelcome advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute [sic] sexual harassment when:

    Such conduct has the purpose or affect [sic] of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

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  • Responsible Redhawks Guide: Housing Policies & Procedures- Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    No form of bigotry, harassment, intimidation, threat, or abuse – whether verbal or written, physical or psychological – will be tolerated. Any such behavior may be grounds for dismissal. This also includes internet based, phone based, and sexual harassment.

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  • Responsible Redhawks Guide: Evening Social Function (ESF) Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    Evening Social Function (ESF) Policy: Any student organization wishing to host an event that begins or continues past 8 p.m., is open to individuals who are not members of the sponsoring organization, or has anticipated attendance of 100 or more must abide by the Evening Social Function Policy.

    In order to host such an event, the following guidelines and policies apply:

    1. Complete a Pre-Event Worksheet three weeks prior to the date of the event.
    2. Print out and complete the Evening Social Function Agreement two weeks prior to the event date.
    3. Attend a pre-event briefing meeting to take place at least three days prior to the event

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  • Public Expression and Posting Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    Five free speech areas are designated on the University campus to provide unregulated free expression for students and other demonstrators (For these purposes, “demonstrators” means any person who is participating in legally protected expression). These areas are on the terraces outside Academic Hall, the fountain area and green space in front of Kent Library, outside Scully (to the south), in the Johnson/Rhodes/Magill quadrangle and the hillside on the southeast corner of the seminary building at the River Campus. Demonstrators may not impede the flow of pedestrian or automobile traffic, nor use amplification devices that disturb the peace. Nonstudent demonstrators shall limit their activities to these public places, unless they are sponsored and accompanied by a registered student organization or University department. For public safety reasons, the University requests that demonstrators notify the Department of Public Safety and/or the Dean of Students of their intentions.

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Green Light Policies
  • Expression Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    The exchange of ideas is critical to the University’s mission and is central in the University’s role to “challenge students to extend their intellectual capacities, interests, and creative abilities; develop their talents; and acquire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning”

    The University encourages students, faculty, and staff to exercise the right of assembly, free speech and expression throughout the campus. The outdoor areas of the Southeast Main Campus, River Campus, and Regional Campuses are considered traditional public forums areas. Protests, rallies, demonstrations, and other similar expressive activities are not permitted inside any University building. In support of free expression and the University encourages use of, but does not restrict expressive activities to designated public forum areas.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • Missouri Universities Ask Students to Report ‘Hurtful’ Speech to Police

    November 12, 2015

    A troubling administrative response to recent student protests at the University of Missouri was issued on Tuesday, with the University of Missouri Police Department (MUPD) asking “individuals who witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech” to call the police immediately and photograph the individuals involved, allowing the university to “take disciplinary action” against offending students. Today, another university, Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), published an almost identical statement. FIRE wrote to Mizzou’s chancellor, vice chancellor for student affairs, and the MUPD yesterday to share our concerns about the MUPD’s statement and to remind Mizzou of its obligation to the First […]

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