Tarleton State University

Location: Stephenville, Texas
Website: http://www.tarleton.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Tarleton 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
  • SAP 29.01.03.T0.05: Information Technology Services – Email Use

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2017

    The following activities are prohibited: * Sending email that is intimidating or harassing …

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  • Campus Rules and Procedures: Publicity Rules and Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2017

    All publicity displayed on campus, other than those of academic or administrative departments, is to be approved by the Office of Student Engagement before being placed on campus.

    Publicity content should be in good taste. No sign may be posted that contains any material that is obscene, vulgar, offensive, libelous, or suggests a misrepresentation of the institution. The Director of Student Activities makes interpretation.

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  • Campus Rules and Procedures: General Events and Activities

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2017

    An activity permit is required for any event, meeting or activity that any recognized student organization is sponsoring. This applies to events held on and off campus. … The time and place of meetings for clubs or organizations must be approved a minimum of 10 days prior to the event by the Office of Student Activities through the approval of an activity permit.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Unauthorized or Irresponsible Use of Electronic Equipment

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2017

    Misuse or abuse of computer equipment, programs, or data including, but not limited to: … Use of computing and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Bullying/Cyberbullying

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2017

    5.8.4. Bullying defined as the use of repeated or severe verbal and/or non-verbal means in order to coerce or force a person to do something or to degrade a person, including, but not limited to, the use of taunting, teasing, or coercive language, pushing, punching, or creating threatening notes/letters/signs.

    5.8.5 Cyberbullying. Defined as an act of bullying that takes place using different kinds of technology and social media. Using various types of electronic devices to inflict emotional and/or mental pain, and to degrade another person.

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  • SAP 08.01.01.T1.03: Sexual and Other Gender-Based Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2017

    Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational program and/or activities, and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.

    Examples of Sexual Harassment:

    • Offensive sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions, including propositions of sex for grades;
    • Faculty led classroom discussions about sexual experiences not in any way germane to the subject matter of class. • Verbal abuse of a sexual nature or threat of physical sexual harm;
    • Graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body or sexual behaviors;
    • Sexually degrading words used to describe an individual;
    • Unwelcome touching or physical contact;
    • The display of sexually suggestive objects, videos, posters, or pictures;
    • Whistling, obscene gestures, suggestive or insulting sounds; and
    • Unwelcome, repeated requests for dates.


    Bullying, defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally (that is not speech or conduct otherwise protected by the First Amendment).

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Green Light Policies
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • REPORT: Artists clash with campus censors

    July 10, 2018

    Art purged for being “one-sided,” among other excuses Censors, often not understanding the message, ban art rather than grapple with its meaning PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2018 — Art censorship is nothing new. Spanish conquistadors smashed ceramics of ancient Peruvian cultures that portrayed gay and lesbian sex. The Roman Catholic Church of the 15th century was so intent on covering up penises that for decades even Michelangelo’s David wore a garland of leaves around his waist. But a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education shows that art censorship remains alive and well, even on today’s college campuses, […]

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