Murray State University
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Sixth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Randy Dunn
Murray State University
Office of the President
218 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071
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On this page, FIRE has excerpted policies that address speech and expression. You may download the full policy in .pdf form, below.
Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Housing Regulations- Hazing and Harassment 12-13
hazing or harassment in any form is prohibited,
including harassing language or behavior of any
kind, particularly sexual and discriminatory
harassment. Discriminatory harassment is defined as physical acts or threats or verbal slurs
or referring to an individual’s race, ethnicity,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, creed, national
origin, ancestry, age or handicap that are made
with the purpose of injuring the person to whom
the words or actions are directed and that are
not made as part of a discussion or exchange
of an idea, ideology, or philosophy.
MSU Women's Center: Sexual/Peer Harassment 12-13
Harassment from a peer - an equal. Consists of at one end of the scale so-called "teasing," sexual innuendoes, and bullying of a sexist nature, both physical and verbal. At the other end of the scale is explicit sexual harassment up to and including sexual aggression.
* Calling a person a doll, babe, or honey.
* Making sexual innuendoes.
* Telling sexual jokes or stories.
* Making sexual comments about a person's clothing, body, or looks.
* Turning discussions to sexual topics.
* Looking a person up and down (elevator eyes)
* Staring at someone.
* Displaying sexual and/or derogatory comments about men/women on coffee mugs, hats, clothing, etc.
* Invading a person's body space; standing closer than appropriate or necessary for the work being done.
* Making sexual gestures with hands and/or body movements.
Student Life Policies: Policy on Combating Sexual Harassment 12-13
humor and jokes about gender or gender specific traits, requests or
demands for sexual favors, threats, or suggestive gestures.
are unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other
verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature and: ... such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or participation
or performance in a course, program, or activity, or creates an
intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or any
course, program, or activity.
Undergraduate Bulletin: Racial Harassment 12-13
harassment is any behavior that would verbally
or physically threaten, torment, badger,
heckle or persecute an individual because of
his/her race. Isolated instances of misconduct,
although never condoned, do not necessarily
constitute racial harassment, nor a hostile environment.
Office of Equal Opportunity: Sexual Harassment Policy 12-13
Free Speech Zones
Student Life Policies: Use of Outside Areas on Campus 12-13
Free Speech Zone requires reservation with the Director of
the Curris Center.
Internet Usage Policies
Information Technology: Acceptable Use 12-13
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Life Policies: Statement on Student Rights 12-13
purpose of this university community is the
enlargement, dissemination and application
of knowledge. The most basic necessity for
the achievement of this purpose is freedom of
expression and communication.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in November 2012. According to FIRE’s research the substantive policies are current at least until this date. Directory information, including the name of the president of the college or university, may have been updated more recently. If any policy has been revised, or if you believe that we are in error, please contact us.