Case Western Reserve University

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Website: http://www.cwru.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Case Western Reserve University 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.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

  • Sexual Conduct at Case: Sexual Harassment on Campus 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment in general is a kind of bullying. It runs the gamut from annoying to abusive and it is intended to threaten or to endanger the safety and security of another person, or group of people. Harassment can cause physical, emotional, and financial harm. Harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to “prank” phone calls and emails, insulting language, and intimidating behavior.

    Sexual Harassment is bullying with a sexual edge, intimidation rooted in gender hostility. Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature directed at someone because of their gender or motivated by animus based on gender. Conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s work or education or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment is harassment. By this definition, sexual harassment could include (but is not limited to) foul language and lewd remarks; offensive posters; unwelcome touching, hugging, and kissing; and obscene phone calls, e-mails, and text messages.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: University Policies- Standards of Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Any actual or threatened physical harm or mental abuse of any person on University premises or at functions sponsored or supervised by the University.

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  • Student Handbook: University Policies- Posting 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Posting of any derogatory, obscene, or offensive message, either explicitly or implicitly, is strictly prohibited.

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  • Student Handbook: Undergraduate Policies- Disorderly Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    University community members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not create disruptions or that does not involve unacceptable actions in regards to community, behavioral, and/or moral standards. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to the following: … * Obnoxious and anti-social behavior; * Lewd, lascivious, and vulgar behavior ….

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  • Sexual Conduct at Case: Sexual Misconduct Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Acts that constitute sexual harassment take a variety of forms and may include but are not limited to the following unwelcome actions: …

    • Verbal expressions of a sexual nature, including sexual communications about a person’s body, dress, appearance or sexual activities; the use of sexually degrading language, name calling, sexually suggestive jokes, or innuendoes; suggestive or insulting gestures, sounds or whistles; sexually suggestive phone calls.
    • Sexually suggestive objects or written materials, such as social media, e-mail or internet communications, pictures, photographs, cartoons, text messages, videos, or DVD’s. …
    • Stereotyping or generalizing about a group based on gender. These types of comments typically constitute sexual harassment when associated with other sexual behavior or comments.

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  • Student Handbook: University Policies- Abuse 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

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  • Student Handbook: University Policies- Facility Use 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    University facilities and services may not be used for political fund-raising or to advocate a partisan position, and requests for their use will not be granted for activities which may cause the university to appear to be taking a position with regard to a public issue or a candidate for public office. This restriction also applies to the use of campus mail services, university mailing lists and labels, duplicating and printing equipment, and telephones belonging to the university.

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  • Student Handbook: University Policies- Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Members of the University Community are expected to respect the rights of others by refraining from any inappropriate behaviors that may negatively impact a student’s experience. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Behavior that intentionally or negligently causes physical, financial, or emotional harm to any person; and
    • Conduct which intimidates, threatens, or endangers the health or safety of any person;
    • Behavior that is construed as a nuisance, including, but not limited to, prank phone calls or abusing or harassing another user through
      electronic means.

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Green Light Policies
  • Sexual Conduct at Case: Sexual Harassment – Definition 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment can be defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, or verbal or physical conduct directed at an individual because of his or her gender or motivated by animosity based on gender when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or educational experience, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work and/or educational environment–that is, hostile environment.

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  • Case Western Reserve University Statement of Ethics 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Universities seek to preserve, disseminate, and advance knowledge. At Case, as elsewhere, we recognize that to fulfill these purposes requires … the right to hold and express opinions different from our own.

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  • Do campus tribunals wield too much power?

    March 13, 2006

    By John Higgins at The Beacon Journal A Summit County jury found Charles Plinton not guilty of selling drugs to a confidential informant in 2004. A few weeks later, a University of Akron disciplinary board found him “responsible” for “selling drugs to a confidential informant.” The difference between those two words — guilty and responsible — may not sound meaningful to the average person. But it’s a distinction that begins to explain the secretive world of college justice in which campus committees may re-try the facts of serious crimes after criminal courts have already decided them. Critics see the hearings […]

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  • Introducing FIRE Summer Intern Andrew Breland

    June 18, 2014

    Andrew Breland is a rising senior at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), majoring in political science and English while simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree in political science. Andrew is the president of CWRU’s Pi Kappa Phi chapter and is a columnist for the The Observer, the university’s student newspaper. He has previously interned in the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman. On coming to FIRE, Andrew writes: In September of my junior year, I published a column in our student newspaper that garnered attention from all corners of the university. Titled “Things Tour Guides Don’t Tell You,” it revealed some […]

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Case Western Reserve University

    December 1, 2010

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for December 2010: Case Western Reserve University. Case Western’s “Use of University Facilities” policy provides that University facilities and services may not be used for political fund-raising or to advocate a partisan position …. This restriction also applies to the use of campus mail services, university mailing lists and labels, duplicating and printing equipment, and telephones belonging to the university. By its plain language, this policy prohibits any of Case Western’s recognized student organizations—which include Case Democrats, College Republicans of Case, Case Right to Life, Spectrum Gay-Straight Alliance, and Students for Justice in […]

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