University of Central Missouri

Location: Warrensburg, Missouri
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Central Missouri 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
  • UCM’s Guide to Good Decision-Making: The Right to Non-Discrimination, Equal Access, and Fair TreatmentThe Right to Non-Discrimination, Equal Access, and Fair Treatment

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: June 21, 2018

    As members of this diverse learning community, students have the responsibility to treat others equitably, to refrain from hateful discourse, to be civil, and to resolve disputes constructively. […] In some cases, lively debate can lead to disagreement and misunderstanding. We expect students to develop the sk... Read More
  • Sexual Misconduct Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 28, 2018

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Hostile environment harassment occurs when: …  Conduct of a sexual nature has the purpose or effec... Read More
  • Title IX: Sexual Misconduct Definitions

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 28, 2018

    Sexual harassment Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual violence. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Stalking, bullying and/or cyber-bullying may also be forms ... Read More
  • Bias Reporting

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: February 28, 2018

    If you have witnessed or experienced a bias incident that has occurred within the UCM community, please use the form below to report the incident anonymously or with your name. A bias incident is an act of intolerance which is committed against any person, group or property and which discriminates, stereotypes, hara... Read More
  • Campus Posting Procedure

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 28, 2018

    The intent of this policy is to provide the University of Central Missouri students, faculty and staff with maximum opportunity and space to advertise approved events, products, services, etc. at designated locations throughout the campus on bulletin boards or similar devices. … Offensive, obscene, inflammator... Read More
  • Discrimination and Harassment: Procedures for Reporting and Investigation Complaints

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 28, 2018

    Harassment: Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct based on age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, handicap/disability or genetic information that has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile campus environment. Harassment may incl... Read More
  • Public Speech Activities Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 28, 2018

    For the purposes of this policy “public speech activities” may include demonstrations (individual or collective), picketing, distribution of leaflets/publications, sit-ins, marches, mass gatherings and all other similar gatherings. … Members of the university community, visitors and/or guests planning to hold ... Read More
  • Demonstrations and Mass Gatherings

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 28, 2018

    In some instances it may be the desire of some students or other individuals to express their views and make their opinions known through the process of orderly demonstration. The primary responsibility of the University is to maintain conditions conducive to the effective conduct of academic affairs and to the pres... Read More
  • Acceptable Use Guidelines

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2018

    It is a violation of University policy to access the university’s electronic information system when the purpose of such access is to convey misinformation, defamatory material, or intimidating, threatening, pornographic, discriminatory, or disruptive messages. Read More
  • UCM’s Guide to Good Decision-Making: Digital Citizenship

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: February 28, 2018

    Responsible digital citizens do not give out too much personal information online, misrepresent or negatively represent themselves through social media, or engage in conduct that constitutes harassment or discrimination as defined in applicable University policies, or that is otherwise prohibited by law, such as def... Read More
  • UCM’s Guide to Good Decision-Making: Assault, Intimidation & Bullying

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2018

    Bullying Definition Bullying has been the subject of considerable public discussion and is often misunderstood. There is a difference between experiencing mean behavior and experiencing bullying. Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to extreme negative actions on the part of one or mo... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Central Missouri

    June 26, 2018

    FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for June 2018: the University of Central Missouri. This is the second time a UCM policy has been named FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month. Back in November 2014, we highlighted a portion of UCM’s Student Rights & Responsibilities policy that prohibits subjectively “hateful” rhetoric and suggests… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Central Missouri

    November 12, 2014

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2014: the University of Central Missouri. While restrictive speech codes are on the decline nationwide, the University of Central Missouri (UCM) adopted several new, unconstitutional speech codes last year—a move that earned UCM FIRE’s worst, “red light,” rating for severely restricting students’ free speech rights…. Read more