University of Missouri – Columbia

Location: Columbia, Missouri
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Missouri – Columbia 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 here.

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Red Light Policies

  • MU Equity: Resource Library- Sexual Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It consists of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

    When the harassment rises to the level that it interferes with employment or with education, then it becomes illegal and also violates the University’s policy. But even lesser levels of sexually harassing behaviors may be inconsistent with MU’s commitment to a safe and inclusive work and learning environment.

    Here are some examples of behaviors that may be sexually harassing:

    • Leering or ogling
    • Remarks of a sexual nature, such as comments about a person’s clothing, appearance, or sexual experience
    • Suggestive or insulting sounds
    • Off-color jokes or obscene gestures
    • Unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s body
    • Statements or other indications that sexual favors will be rewarded with grades, favorable employment reviews, or other shows of partiality
    • Direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances is a condition of employment, work status, promotion, or grades
    • Sex-based stalking, sexual assault, or other similar criminal behaviors

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  • Tiger Guide: Emergencies, Health and Personal Safety- Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment is unwelcome contact with an individual through electronic, verbal or written means that threatens, intimidates, demeans and/or creates a hostile environment.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • M-Book: Standard of Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies

    Bullying is defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class.

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  • M-Book: Hosting Events on Campus 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    The application for use of a facility must be submitted 48 hours in advance by the President or Vice President of a recognized student organization.

    Speakers Circle has been designated as an area where permits are not required.

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  • MU Equity Office: Report a Bias Incident 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    If you have witnessed or experienced a bias incident that has occurred within the MU 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, harasses or excludes anyone based on [their identity]. Any act of intolerance, such as graffiti, name-calling, threats, hate crimes or extreme examples of bias incidents – regardless of severity – can be reported using this form.

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  • Tiger Guide: Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment by engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that serves no legitimate purpose that would cause a reasonable person under the circumstances to be frightened, intimidated or emotionally distressed is not tolerated and will result in severe conduct action, including potential removal from the residence hall. Forms of harassment include, but are not limited to, cyber, sexual or verbal harassment, threatening messages, physical threats, intimidation or posting of harassing materials.

    Rationale: The University of Missouri does not condone discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, gentics information, disability or status as a protected veteran. Residential Life is committed to providing a comfortable, non-threatening environment for all; to tolerate harassment would be contrary to that commitment. Personal and academic enrichment must take place in an environment that respects the rights of others, even when individuals may have different views or beliefs. Actions that may not be intended to threaten or degrade may nevertheless do so to another individual. Residential Life staff also come from diverse backgrounds and have the right to perform their jobs to help residents succeed in a safe, non-threatening environment.

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Green Light Policies
  • M-Book: Sexual Harassment Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is defined for this policy as … Other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a University employee or a member of the student body to a University employee or a member of the student body, when:

    1. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used explicitly or implicitly as a condition for academic or employment decisions; or
    2. The purpose or effect of such conduct is to interfere unreasonably with the work or academic performance of the person being harassed; or
    3. The purpose or effect of such conduct to a reasonable person is to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

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  • M-Book: Standard of Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Conduct for which students are subject to sanctions falls into the following categories: …

    Harassment in violation of the University’s anti-discrimination policies, is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct, on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class as defined in the University’s anti-discrimination policies, that creates a hostile environment by being sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities.

    Threatening or Intimidating Behaviors, defined as written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable expectation of injury to the health or safety of any person or damage to any property or implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm in another.

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  • M-Book: Rights and Responsibilities 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    The University’s goals are to provide an atmosphere conducive to the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are essential to attain these goals.

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  • Missouri Colleges Could Be Punished For Stifling Student Speech Under Legislation

    January 15, 2015

    By Matt Lamb at The College Fix Missouri could become the second state in the nation to give college students broad rights to express themselves on campus without the maze of restrictions and permits typically required for demonstrations. The Campus Free Expression Act, introduced by Republican lawmakers in the state house and senate, deems outdoor areas of public universities “traditional public forums” that are protected by the First Amendment – in effect, eliminating “free speech zones.” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed into law the same protections for Virginia students last spring. That bill passed both houses of the […]

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  • Political Rewind: State Law Limiting Birth Control Sparks Lawsuit Trying to Stop It

    September 16, 2012

    Editor’s Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Missouri Watchdog. State law limiting birth control sparks lawsuit trying to stop it The Missouri General Assembly’s decision to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s contraception bill veto Wednesday has sparked a lawsuit to prevent the legislation from becoming law. The Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women filed a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Courtlate Wednesday seeking an injunction against the measure, which allows state employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception on religious grounds. “We consider this move to be just another right—wing assault on workers limiting our members’ options and choices,” […]

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  • This Time, We’re Failing to Talk About ‘American Sniper’

    April 20, 2015

    Every so often, a cultural touchstone descends on college campuses, with the effect of putting campus discourse under the microscope for all to see. The results, frequently, are discouraging. Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster film American Sniper, adapted from deceased Navy sniper Chris Kyle’s memoir, is the latest exhibit. That American Sniper is a controversial movie is not a controversial observation. It was one of the most remarked-upon movies of last year, and the fevered debate over its portrayals of the war in Iraq, of the Iraqi people (and, by extension, Arabs and the Arab world), and of Kyle himself was difficult […]

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  • University of Missouri Will Tolerate Teletubby, ‘Will Not Tolerate’ Asking for Consent

    August 28, 2014

    This week, members of a fraternity at the University of Missouri (MU) found themselves in front of the university’s Title IX coordinator after one of them dressed up as a Teletubby and danced across the street from women rushing a sorority, as shown in a video posted online. Thankfully, the Title IX coordinator quickly and correctly determined that this did not constitute sexual harassment. But it is remarkable that this was even raised as an issue and that someone tasked with assessing actions as serious as sexual assault and rape had to spend time—even a short amount of time—investigating this.

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  • A Year Later, Impact of Feds’ ‘Blueprint’ Comes into Focus

    August 28, 2014

    Last summer, FIRE sounded the alarm about a shockingly broad definition of sexual harassment being pushed by the Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) as a “blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country.” Announced at the conclusion of a year-long investigation into the University of Montana’s sexual assault policies and practices, the resolution agreement and findings letter the feds labeled a “blueprint” defined sexual harassment as “any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including “verbal conduct” (i.e., speech). And this all-encompassing definition wasn’t just a general characterization of sexual harassment; rather, it was the exact policy language that ED and DOJ were requiring the University of Montana to adopt verbatim.

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