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 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 does not maintain information on this school's policies.
Yellow Light Policies
  • SAP 29.01.03.T0.05: Information Technology Services – Email Use

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 13, 2015

    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 13, 2015

    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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  • Code of Student Conduct: Disruptive Behavior

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: October 13, 2015

    Engaging in disorderly conduct, which includes physical or verbal abuse and/or injury of another person.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 13, 2015

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct is so frequent or severe that it explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

    a) Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in other university activity;

    b) Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions affecting an individual;

    c) 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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  • Campus Rules and Procedures: General Events and Activities

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 13, 2015

    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 13, 2015

    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 13, 2015

    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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  • Code of Student Conduct: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 13, 2015

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can be sex-based and/or gender-based verbal, written, online and/or physical conduct. Anyone experiencing sexual harassment in any University program is encouraged to report it immediately to the Title IX Coordinator or a deputy. Remedies, education and/or training will be provided in response. Sexual harassment may be disciplined when it takes the form of quid pro quo harassment, retaliatory harassment and/or creates a hostile environment.

    8.2.1 A hostile environment is created when sexual harassment is:

    a) sufficiently severe, or

    b) persistent or pervasive, and

    c) objectively offensive that it:

    d) unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational [and/or employment], social and/or residential program.

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 13, 2015

    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.

    3. OTHER GENDER-BASED MISCONDUCT …

    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
  • Code of Student Conduct: Harassment/Threatening Behaviors

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 13, 2015

    5.8.2 Harassment

    Stalking behavior in which an individual willfully, maliciously, and

    a) Repeatedly engages in a knowing course of conduct directed at a specific person, which reasonably and seriously alarms, torments, and/or terrorizes the person.

    b) Behavior that substantially interferes with the opportunity of other students to obtain an education.

    5.8.3 Threatening Behaviors:

    a) Threat. Extreme written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable expectation of injury to the health or safety of any person or damage to any property.

    b) Intimidation. Intimidation defined as implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm in another

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.