University of South Dakota

Location: Vermillion, South Dakota
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of South Dakota 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

This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech.
  • South Dakota Board of Regents Policy Manual: 3:4 Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    Harassment, which includes, but is not limited to: a. Conduct towards another person that has the purpose or effect of creating an objectively and subjectively intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment that substantially interferes with the individual’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended bene... Read More
  • The University of South Dakota Sales and Solicitation Policy and Request Form

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    Sales and Solicitation on USD property is strictly prohibited without authorization from the Muenster University Center Administration. A copy of the authorized Sales and Solicitation form must be displayed at all times while on campus. The Sales and Solicitation form may be picked up at the information desk located... Read More
  • Bias, Discrimination or Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    A bias incident is an incident of verbal or nonverbal conduct or behavior that is threatening, harassing, intimidating, discriminating, or hostile and is based on a category that is protected under the Institutional Nondiscriminatory Policy. To learn about bias incidents and reporting bias incidents, call 605-677-39... Read More
  • South Dakota Board of Regents Policy Manual: 1:17 Harassment Including Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    Harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, transgender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or harassment on any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination or on any g... Read More
  • South Dakota Board of Regents Policy Manual: 3:4 Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    Unauthorized use or abuse of technology, including, but not limited to: … Use of technology to send Harassing or abusive messages … Read More
  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Speech

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 18, 2018

    The institution shall ensure the rights of free speech and expression and shall encourage the timely and rational discussion of topics whereby the ethical and intellectual development of the student body and general welfare of the public may be promoted. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Speech Code of the Month: University of South Dakota

    June 7, 2017

    FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for June 2017: the University of South Dakota. Not only are USD’s “Guidelines for the Awareness and Prevention of Acts of Cultural Insensitivity and Bullying at USD” written in a tone more appropriate for schoolchildren than adult college students, they also make clear that protected speech may… Read more

  • The Mystery of the Missing Free Speech Zone

    December 12, 2014

    FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project has already seen several victories for free expression on campus. Earlier this month, two institutions agreed to revise their speech codes and abolish their “free speech zones” within a day of each other—but far too many institutions still maintain such zones. A thoughtful editorial published in the University… Read more