Tarleton State University

Location: Stephenville, Texas
Type: Public
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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
  • SAP 29.01.03.T0.05: Information Technology Services – Email Use

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 16, 2018

    The following activities are prohibited: * Sending email that is intimidating or harassing … Read More
  • Campus Rules and Procedures: Publicity Rules and Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 16, 2018

    For the purpose of this policy, Publicity and Solicitation are defined as advertising through means of printed materials (such as flyers and banners), sandwich board, A-frames or other outdoor displays, distribution of literature or handbills, and/or campaigning (political or other). … Any publicity or solicit... Read More
  • Student Organizations: Event Management

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 16, 2018

    Event Management Student organizations should consult with the Department of Student Involvement, Spirit, Tradition, and Family Relations before planning any major event. Some events may require an event checklist to be completed. These include: Any program or event open to anyone outside of the organization’s memb... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Unauthorized or Irresponsible Use of Electronic Equipment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 16, 2018

    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. Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Bullying/Cyberbullying

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: October 16, 2018

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

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 16, 2018

    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 bas... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Harassment/Threatening Behaviors

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 16, 2018

    5.6.2 Harassment Behavior that is severe, pervasive or persistent to a degree that a reasonable person similarly situated would be prevented from accessing an educational opportunity or benefit. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Texas A&M journalism programs at risk after faculty advisor punished for protecting sources

    October 25, 2018

    The revelation that Tarleton State University is punishing a faculty journalism advisor for helping a student reporter protect the identity of her confidential sources is one that threatens the integrity of journalism programs across the entire Texas A&M University System, of which Tarleton State is a member. Earlier this year, Quanecia Fraser, a reporter at… Read more

  • 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… Read more