Tarleton State University

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

Speech Code Rating

Tarleton State 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 here.

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Rules: Campus Rules and Procedures- Student Rights and Responsibilities 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Students have rights that are to be respected. These rights include respect for personal feelings, freedom from indignity of any type, freedom from control by any person except as may be in accord with published rules and procedures of Tarleton State University or the policies of The Texas A&M University System and conditions allowing them to make the best use of their time and talents toward the objectives that brought them to the institution. No officer or student, regardless of position or rank, shall violate those rights; any custom, tradition or regulation in conflict will be allowed to prevail.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Information Technology Services: Email Use 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

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

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  • Student Rules: Campus Rules and Procedures- Publicity Rules and Procedures 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies

    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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  • Student Rules: Campus Rules and Procedures- Code of Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    [D]isorderly conduct, which includes physical or verbal abuse and/or injury of another person; abusive, indecent, profane or vulgar language in a public place; threats, obscene actions; non-consensual sexual act or contact, and/or disrespect for the rights and privileges of others.

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  • Information Technology Services: Computer Use 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Users must NOT: … Use the university’s computer system for the transmission of commercial or personal advertisements, solicitations, promotions, or political material without approval obtained through university-established channels.

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  • Student Rules: Campus Rules and Procedures- General Events and Activities 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    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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  • Title IX: What is Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is difficult to define because it involves feelings and perceptions. What is considered acceptable behavior by one person may be perceived as sexual harassment by another. Generally, sexual harassment is repeated, oppressive behavior directed at someone because of his or her gender. It can consist of unwanted, unwelcome and offensive verbal comments and visual images as well as physical advances, in which: … Such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment which unreasonably interferes with an individual’s normal work performance.

    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.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Rules: Campus Rules of Conduct- Code of Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    [U]nwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical contact of sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or
    creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive university environment.

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