Freedom of Speech Policy

  • Custodian of Policy: VP Finance & Administration
    Relevant Minnesota State System Policy: United States Constitution – Amendment 1 http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am1.html
    Minnesota State Policy 3.1 Student Rights & Responsibilities http://www.minnstate.edu/board/policy/301.html
    Effective Date: October 2016
    Last Review: October 2016
    Next Review: 2023

    Policy

    Minnesota State University Moorhead directly follows the United States Constitution – Amendment 1 (below) and the Minnesota State Policy 3.1 Student Rights & Responsibilities found here: http://www.minnstate.edu/board/policy/301.html

    United States Constitution – Amendment 1

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am1.html

    Speech That Is Not Protected

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution does not protect conduct that threatens the health, safety or welfare of persons. Any speech that inflicts or threatens harm, causes a breach of the peace, incites an individual(s) to commit a crime or causes panic is not considered protected speech. While the interpretation of these factors may be subjective, the University must reasonably act in order to protect the members of the University community and any University property.