Southwest Minnesota State University

Location: Marshall, Minnesota
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Southwest Minnesota 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
  • Judicial Affairs: Prohibited Code of Conduct- Discriminatory Harassment; Intolerance/Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 10, 2018

    Discriminatory harassment means verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class, and that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or educational environment. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Demonstrations and Protests Procedure

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: December 10, 2018

    In an effort to ensure safety and to promote an environment conducive to study, advanced reservation for expressive activity is required (in the form of an approved Reservation Request for Space) for events or activities that are promoted in advance, and/or sponsored by student organizations, and/or expected to draw... Read More
  • Minnesota State Colleges & Universities: 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 10, 2018

    Discriminatory harassment means verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class, and that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or educational environment. As required by law, Minnesota State ... Read More
  • Judicial Affairs: Prohibited Code of Conduct- Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 10, 2018

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when: … b. Such conduct has the purpose of effect of threatening, or interfering with your work or academic performance. c. In situations where there is a superior/sub... Read More
  • Judicial Affairs: Prohibited Code of Conduct- Respect for Persons/Hazing

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: December 10, 2018

    You are expected to respect the rights and privileges of other members of the University community. Violating this Code of Civility includes, but is not limited to: physical abuse of any person, engaging in brawling, engaging in any boisterous or noisy conduct reasonable tending to arouse alarm, resentment or anger ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: December 10, 2018

    In addition to the basic constitutional rights enjoyed by all citizens, students in colleges and universities have specific rights related to academic freedom and their status as students. … Individual students and student organizations shall be free to examine and to discuss all questions of interest to them ... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • More on Speech Codes at SMSU

    February 26, 2016

    When Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) removed an unconstitutional ban on “cultural intolerance” from its website after being named FIRE’s November 2015 Speech Code of the Month, FIRE quickly updated SMSU’s Spotlight entry and upgraded the university’s rating from “red light” to “yellow light” to reflect the improvement. That should have been the end of… Read more

  • SMSU: Truth Impedes Student Newspaper’s Attempted Hit Piece

    January 29, 2016

    When a university changes a policy following criticism from FIRE, they often tell us either that the policy was under review already—what a coincidence!—or that they had already updated the policy, but had simply failed to post the new one online. In fact, it’s a long-running joke among members of FIRE’s policy review team that… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Southwest Minnesota State University

    November 9, 2015

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2015: Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). SMSU’s Prohibited Code of Conduct for students bans “cultural intolerance,” defined as follows: Any verbal or physical contact directed at an individual or group such as racial slurs, jokes, or other behaviors that demean or belittle a person’s race,… Read more