Texas A&M University – College Station

Location: College Station, Texas
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Texas A&M University – College Station has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more
  • Residence Life Handbook: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 21, 2020

    The Department of Residence Life will not tolerate verbal or written threats, intimidation, violence or other forms of illegal harassment against any member of the university community. Read More
  • Student Rules: Racial and Ethnic Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 21, 2020

    Racial and Ethnic Harassment is discrimination based on race, color, or national origin and involves behavior that is so severe and pervasive and objectively offensive so as to interfere with or limit the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by Texas ... Read More
  • Student Rules: Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 21, 2020

    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. This behavior includes, but is not limited to, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, and coercion. Read More
  • 08.01.01 Civil Rights Compliance: Sexual harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 21, 2020

    Sexual harassment – a form of sex discrimination. Unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex (of a sexual nature or otherwise): … determined by a reasonable person to be so severe and pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the member’s education program or activity; ... Read More
  • Stop Hate: Hate/Bias Definition

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 21, 2020

    The university defines a “bias complaint” as any report of a threat or act of harassment or intimidation which is directed against or targets a person or groups of persons of the Texas A&M community because of that person’s age, color, disability, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation,... Read More
  • Student Rules: Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 21, 2020

    A student shall have the right to participate in a free exchange of ideas, and there shall be no University rule or administrative rule that in any way abridges the rights of freedom of speech, expression, petition and peaceful assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Read More
  • Student Rules: Appendix XI- Rules on Freedom of Expression

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 21, 2020

    As a public institution of higher learning, Texas A&M University provides forums for the expression of ideas and opinions. These include: Traditional public forums include the University’s public streets, sidewalks, parks, and similar common areas. These areas are generally available for expressive activity, pl... Read More
  • Student Rules: Basic Rules and Procedures Governing Student Life

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 21, 2020

    The student retains the rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States … Read More
  • Student Rules: Appendix V- Individual Responsibility for Use of Computing Resources and Facilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 21, 2020

    Communications that are threatening, discriminatory, or disruptive may result in disciplinary action because they are not speech protected by the First Amendment. Read More
  • Student Rules: Soliciting on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 21, 2020

    The term “solicit” is defined as the taking of orders, sales, rentals or donations. Any solicitation on campus must have the approval of the University Concessions Committee, through the Department of Student Activities, whether such solicitation is by an officially recognized student organization, university organi... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Old habits die hard: Texas A&M sued again for Facebook and YouTube censorship

    September 3, 2020

    In 2018, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued Texas A&M University, alleging that the university used automated filtering tools to block animal rights activists’ comments and posts on the university’s official Facebook page. These filters meant that any time someone posted words commonly used by the university’s… Read more

  • Texas A&M rated best in Texas for campus speech policies

    January 10, 2019

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 10, 2019 — When it comes to protecting free speech on campus, no one in Texas beats the Aggies. Texas A&M University has earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s highest rating for maintaining policies that protect student and faculty free speech. “Today, Texas A&M is the lone institution in… Read more

  • Texas A&M: Our secret list of naughty words you can’t say on our Facebook page doesn’t offend the First Amendment

    August 23, 2018

    Last December, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals noticed that posts and comments on Texas A&M University’s Facebook page that were critical of the university for experiments on golden retrievers would quickly disappear. With a bit of experimentation, PETA surmised that the university had set up a blacklist of particular words that would, if… Read more

  • Public colleges, the cancellation of white nationalist events, and the First Amendment

    August 16, 2017

    As the nation reels from the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, two public colleges this week have canceled or disallowed campus events featuring white nationalist Richard Spencer. Yesterday, Texas A&M University canceled a “White Lives Matter” event, featuring Spencer, planned for Sept. 11. This morning, the University of Florida denied a request from Spencer’s organization, the… Read more

  • ESPN’s Jay Bilas, NCAA’s Oliver Luck to Take On ‘College Athletes Should Be Allowed to Be Paid’ in First FIRE Debate!

    September 25, 2015

    FIRE is extremely excited to announce ESPN’s Jay Bilas and the NCAA’s Oliver Luck will debate the motion “College athletes should be allowed to be paid” in the first installment in our series, FIRE Debates, on October 20 at Texas A&M University. Jay Bilas is a broadcaster for ESPN, an attorney, and a former professional… Read more

  • 30 Years After Courtroom Win for Gay Student Group, Former Plaintiff Still Demands Free Speech for His Opponents

    April 3, 2015

    It can be easy to forget the importance of standing up for the free speech rights of those you disagree with—even more so when your views enjoy widespread support. But looking back at the changing tides of public opinion can remind us why it is essential to defend the underlying values of free speech, rather… Read more

  • Texas A&M Hosts Free Speech Workshops for Students ‘in Accordance with the Teachings of FIRE’

    January 27, 2009

    Yesterday the Office of the President at Texas A&M University (TAMU) hosted two workshops on free speech titled "Free Speech: Balancing Freedoms with Our Aggie Values" in order to educate students about their free speech rights. The workshops were led by Saundra Schuster, author of The First Amendment on Campus: A Handbook for College and… Read more

  • Smoke and Mirrors at Texas A&M

    May 3, 2007

    After FIRE named Texas A&M University our May 2007 Speech Code of the Month, FIRE friend Professor Marshall Onellion wrote to Dr. Eddie Davis, president of the university’s flagship campus in College Station, to express his opposition to the policy. In response, Prof. Onellion received the following from Dean Bresciani, the university’s Vice President for… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Texas A&M University

    May 1, 2007

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for May 2007: Texas A&M University. Texas A&M’s policy on Student Rights and Obligations provides, in relevant part, that: The rights of students are to be respected. These rights include respect for personal feelings, freedom from indignity of any type…. No officer or student, regardless of position… Read more