Southern Utah University

Location: Cedar City, Utah
Type: Public

Speech Code Rating

Southern Utah University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more
  • Student Handbook: University’s Response to Sexual Misconduct- What should I do if I believe I have been sexually harassed?

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 11, 2019

    The United States Department of Education recently issued a letter to colleges and universities clarifying how they should respond to allegations or claims of sexual harassment by their students. “Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual fa... Read More
  • Student Conduct Code: Harassment and Bullying

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    Harassment and Bullying – Words, actions, or behaviors that intentionally distress, demean, intimidate, threaten, or alarm another person and interfere with his/her ability to participate in or derive the benefits from the experiences and activities of University life whether expressed face to face or through a pers... Read More
  • Student Conduct Code: Violations Against Public Health and Safety

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    Obscene Conduct – Any behavior that is obscene, lewd, repulsive, or indecent based on contemporary community standards. When such conduct or expression has significant repercussions on the good name of the University, additional sanctions may apply. Read More
  • Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    B. Harassment. Intentional behavior directed at a person primarily because of his or her race, religion, national origin, color, sex (gender), age, disability, marital, veteran, sexual orientation, or other legally protected status constitutes harassment and is prohibited under this policy, and may constitute illega... Read More
  • Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    Behavior or conduct constituting sexual harassment is also prohibited under this policy as well as state and federal law. Inappropriate conduct may be found between persons of different gender, the same gender, and in instances of gender stereotyping. … Sexual harassment may also be found in conduct of a sexua... Read More
  • University E-Mail Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    Sending unwanted e-mail messages to a large population abuses the e-mail service and results in fewer resources for University purposes. Sending e-mail messages to more than 10 users, whether as a single message or as a series of related messages, is expressly prohibited by this policy … Read More
  • Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 11, 2019

    Hostile environment: For purposes of this policy, any unwelcome verbal, physical, written, electronic, or non-verbal conduct (whether directly, indirectly, or through a third party) of a sexual nature, or related to an individual’s sex, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender ide... Read More
  • Student Handbook: The University’s Expectations for Student Conduct- Does the University prohibit inappropriate online activities?

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    Although the issue of regulating online behavior and conduct is controversial because of its implications for expression and speech, the University will take issue with online conduct that is considered: …  Bullying … Read More
  • University Housing: Community Standards

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    In order to form an educational community where civility and citizenship pervades the actions and statements of its members, Community Standards have been established: … Any use of words or acts against one’s self or others that causes physical injury (See UCA76-5-102) or that demeans, intimidates, haras... Read More
  • How Do I Report?: Bias Incident

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    Bias or hate incidents consist of speech, conduct, or some other form of expression or action that is motivated wholly or in part by prejudice or bias. It may or may not rise to the level of criminal activity or illegal or prohibited discrimination, but its effect is to discriminate, demean, embarrass, assign stereo... Read More
  • Free Speech and Advocacy on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    Because free expression and the free exchange of ideas are central to the goals of a university, Southern Utah University is committed to the principles of free speech and assembly guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Utah Constitution, and in accordance with generally accepted concepts of academic f... Read More
  • Free Speech and Advocacy on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    4.8.5.1 Speakers may speak in any outdoor area, as long as such speech does not violate the time, place, and manner restrictions set forth in section 4.8.6 of this policy. The University also provides reasonably appropriate places inside the Sharwan Smith Student Center, outside the Gerald R. Sherratt Library, and o... Read More
  • Free Speech and Advocacy on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2019

    The University shall provide reasonable space indoors and outdoors for the posting of non-commercial signs, notices, posters, and banners by members of the University community. Subject to the limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech (section 4.2.2), the logistical procedures established by the Student Involvement... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Academic Freedom at Southern Utah University

    February 21, 2005

    KC Johnson recently posted an interesting piece to his blog about a case involving a professor at Southern Utah University.  I attempted to contact Dr. Roberds to find out more about his case when it first came to our attention. While FIRE typically avoids “pure” tenure cases, if the facts are as clear as they… Read more