Michigan State University
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Sixth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Lou Anna K Simon
Michigan State University
Office of the President
450 Administration Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
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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)
Spartan Life Student Handbook: Residence Hall Regulations 12-13
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives: Resource Guide on Prohibited Harassment 12-13
A: There is not an exhaustive list of the types of conduct that may amount to harassment
based on the different protected categories, but examples include: ... offensive jokes; ... insults or put-downs; offensive objects or pictures....
Spartan Life Student Handbook: Anti-Discrimination Policy 12-13
standards of conduct more stringent than those mandated by
law. Thus, even if not illegal, acts are prohibited under this
policy if they: ... Harass any University community member(s) on the basis
of age, color, gender, gender identity, disability status,
height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion,
race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.
Spartan Life Student Handbook: Policy on Sexual Harassment 12-13
does not make that behavior sexual harassment. The
behavior must also be objectively unreasonable.
Many kinds of behavior may fit within the preceding definition
of sexual harassment. The following list is not
exhaustive. ... sexual advances, sexual propositions, or sexual
demands which are not agreeable to both parties; unwelcome and persistent sexually explicit statements
or stories which are not legitimately related to employment
duties, course content, research, or other
University programs or activities
; repeatedly using sexually degrading words or sounds to
describe a person; unwanted and unnecessary touching, patting, hugging,
or other physical contact; recurring comments or questions about an individual's
sexual prowess, sexual deficiencies, or sexual behavior
unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome
behavior of a sexual nature when: ... such behavior is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that
a reasonable person would find that it:
a) alters the terms or conditions of a person's employment
or educational experience, or
b) unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or
performance in a course, program, or activity, thus
creating a hostile or abusive working or educational
Internet Usage Policies
Spartan Life Student Handbook: Appropriate Use of MSU E-mail Services by Internal Users on MSUnet 12-13
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives: Bias Incident Reporting 12-13
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Spartan Life Student Handbook: Academic Freedom for Students at Michigan State University- Student Rights and Responsibilities 12-13
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives: First Amendment and the Meaning of "Free Speech" 12-13
Spartan Life Student Handbook: Outside Speakers Sponsored by Registered Student Organizations 12-13
of free speech and free expression embodied in the 1st
Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Freedom of speech is central to academic freedom and
the related notion that a university should be an open
marketplace for the exchange of ideas.
The University also has a longstanding commitment to
the principles of freedom of inquiry and freedom of dissent.
These freedoms are vital to a robust intellectual
exchange and the pursuit of knowledge. Different and
competing views expressed as part of this exchange may
cause discomfort or even offend members of the campus
community. The University does not impose restraints on
speech for these reasons, including the speech of outside
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in January 2013. 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.