Location: Farmville, Virginia
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit
Longwood 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.
Red Light Policies
Student Handbook: Distribution of Written Materials, Outdoor Speeches, Marches and Demonstrations Policy 13-14
The open area designated for speeches and demonstrations is the Lankford Mall which is a primary crossway on the campus and will consist of the patio and the surrounding area located on the south side of the Student Union. … A request for use of this area must be made a minimum of five (5) business days in advance of the event. All structures, signs, and litter resulting from the activity must be removed from the area by the end of the event. Groups or individuals may only use those designated areas once per month and for a maximum period of two days.
Pamphlets, handbills, circulars, newspapers, magazines, posters, flyers, billboards, and other materials which are protected by the First Amendment may be distributed on a person-to-person basis on the Lankford Mall between the hours of 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Friday, when school is in session. This space must be reserved a minimum of five (5) business days in advance ….
Students found responsible for violating the following should receive a minimum sanction of disciplinary probation. … Harassment, threats, intimidation, coercion or abuse (e.g., physical, verbal, graphic, or electronic) directed toward any person or group of people.
For use to be acceptable, it must demonstrate respect for: … Individuals’ rights to be free of intimidation, harassment and unwarranted
Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of employment or the educational relationship; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or education decisions affecting the individual; or (3) such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s or employee’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, educational, or living environment. While sexual harassment encompasses a wide range of conduct, some examples of specifically prohibited conduct include: … Engaging in sexually suggestive conversation or physical contact or touching another student or employee.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual attention or the seeking or offering of advancement, gain, or consideration in return for sexual favors. Verbal, written, or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes harassment when: … such conduct is unwelcome and has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning.
Examples of behavior that may constitute sexual harassment are: subtle or overt pressure intended to induce sexual favors; unwanted physical contact such as patting, pinching, brushing or otherwise touching in a sexually suggestive manner; disparaging sexual remarks about one’s gender; lewd remarks, whistles, or sexual innuendoes; or offensive sexual graffiti.
Longwood University endorses the principle of academic freedom, believing it essential to the development of citizen leaders for the common good. Since the search for truth requires the free exchange of ideas, the University protects the right of students to engage in unhampered academic inquiry and exposition.
February 21, 2013
At Virginia’s Longwood University, student Kramer Anderson has a bone to pick with Longwood’s “free speech zone” policy—and with good reason. As Anderson explains in a column for The Rotunda, Longwood’s student paper: The university’s current speech codes state, “The open area designated for speeches and demonstrations is the Lankford Mall … A request for use of this area must be made a minimum of five (5) business days in advance of the event … Groups or individuals may only use those designated areas once per month and for a maximum period of two days.” Longwood’s “Distribution of Written Materials, […]» Read More