Texas State University – San Marcos

Location: San Marcos, Texas
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Texas State University – San Marcos 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
  • Texas State University System Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 6, 2021

    Sexual Harassment under other applicable state and federal law means unwelcomed sex-based verbal or physical conduct that:: …  in the education context, is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct interferes with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from Education Programs o... Read More
  • UPPS No. 04.01.07: Appropriate Use of Information Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 6, 2021

    The following activities exemplify inappropriate use of the university’s information resources. These and similar activities are strictly prohibited for all users: … k. using university information resources in a manner that violates other university policies, such as racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, or othe... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Rules and Policies- Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 6, 2021

    Specific examples of conduct that are violations of this Code of Student Conduct include, but are not limited to, involvement or attempted involvement in the following: … endangering the physical or mental health or safety of any person or intentionally or recklessly causing injury to any person … harass... Read More
  • Texas State University System Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures: Title IX Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 6, 2021

    Title IX Sexual Harassment refers to Sexual Misconduct that meets one or more of these three types of behavior: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal accessto the Component’s Education Program o... Read More
  • UPPS No. 07.04.02: Posting/Distribution of Literature, Informational Booths & Banners on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 6, 2021

    Any person may distribute literature outdoors on grounds owned or controlled by Texas State with the exception of literature that contains a commercial message. For commercial messages, please see UPPS No. 07.04.03, Solicitation on Campus. For employment messages, see Section 03.04. Read More
  • Texas State University: Independent Student Newspaper Under Fire for Controversial Opinion Column

    December 13, 2017

    On November 28, 2017, independent student newspaper The University Star published an editorial by opinion columnist Rudy Martinez titled “Your DNA is an abomination.” Martinez’s editorial argued that race — including “whiteness” — is a social construct used to oppress non-white populations. Martinez’s editorial sparked controversy and outrage across campus and online. The article was… Read more

  • Texas State University student government introduces resolution demanding TPUSA be banned from campus

    April 3, 2019

    Some representatives of the student government at Texas State University have proposed a resolution that calls for the university to bar a chapter of a conservative student group, Turning Point USA, from campus. The resolution expresses a “hope to foster a learning environment” free of “discrimination, intimidation, or censorship.” If its calls were granted, it… Read more

  • UPDATE: After Florida school shooting, ‘Worst Colleges for Free Speech’ promising high schoolers a right to protest

    March 14, 2018

    Update: FIRE has tallied the number of colleges and universities that have made statements supporting free speech, based on the list compiled by Chris Peterson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology assistant director of undergraduate admissions. Out of the schools in our Spotlight database that made statements on free speech, 61 have a “red light” speech code… Read more

  • The 10 worst colleges for free speech: 2018

    February 12, 2018

    Every year, FIRE chooses the 10 worst colleges for free speech — and unfortunately, 2017 left us with plenty of options: Campuses were rocked by violent mob censorship, monitored by bias response teams, plagued by free speech zones, and beset by far too many disinvitation attempts. Although the number of colleges with the most restrictive… Read more

  • FIRE names America’s 10 worst colleges for free speech: 2018

    February 12, 2018

    PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 12, 2018 — Each year, colleges across the country find dubious ways to silence student and faculty expression. In the last year, administrators became embroiled in litigation for telling a student he couldn’t hand out Spanish-language copies of the U.S. Constitution outside a free speech zone, continued a years-long effort to ban a… Read more

  • Texas State University, asked to protect student newspaper’s First Amendment rights, offers muted response

    December 22, 2017

    Earlier this month, FIRE joined the National Coalition Against Censorship and the Student Press Law Center in a letter to Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth, calling on TSU to clearly rebuff threats by its student body president to defund the student newspaper, The University Star. The newspaper faced calls for revocation of its… Read more

  • Students, faculty, and administrators launch attack on Texas State University newspaper

    December 13, 2017

    Attacks on student newspapers following the publication of controversial articles are unfortunately commonplace. Over the years, FIRE has seen newspaper advisers fired, issues stolen from racks, formal disciplinary investigations, attempted administrative takeovers, threats to newspaper funding, and even complete defunding of all student media, simply because some on (or off) campus did not like what… Read more

  • Texas Students, FIRE’s Joe Cohn is Coming to a Campus Near You

    October 6, 2014

    Yeehaw! Joe Cohn, FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Director, will be traveling across the Lone Star State for a rootin’ tootin’ Texan campus tour. Students and faculty at or near the University of Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University at San Marcos, and Texas A&M are invited… Read more

  • Texas State’s ‘Common Experience’ on First Amendment Should Begin With Revision of Speech Codes

    September 22, 2011

    We recently took note of an interview featuring Texas State University-San Marcos (TSU) President Denise Trauth in TSU’s The University Star, in which President Trauth spoke at length about her experiences as an undergraduate reporter at her college’s campus newspaper, as a high school journalism teacher, and as features editor for The Daily Iowan at… Read more