Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit
Old Dominion University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementStudents are cautioned that they can be subject to the student conduct
system for behavior occurring online, such as harassment delivered by email, or acts of bullying
or discrimination posted in video form or on gossip sites accessed through University computing
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment- Incidents that are sufficiently pervasive, persistent or severe that a reasonable
person, under similar circumstances as the complainant, would be adversely affected to a
degree that interferes with his or her ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits
of an institutional activity, employment, or resource.Ã�ï¿½Ã�Â Ã�ï¿½Ã�Â Examples of harassment include, but are
not limited to, behavior that is derogatory, hostile, intimidating, threatening, bullying,
humiliating or violent, although not necessarily illegal, and that does not necessarily refer to a
legally protected status or environment.
Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, StatementBullying- Conduct of a member of the University community and authorized visitors, with
malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to the University’s
legitimate business interest.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementAll individuals and organizations posting notices are expected to design and display their materials in a manner
respectful of the diverse beliefs, opinions and attitudes that exist in an institution of higher learning.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementOutdoor spaces are major open spaces surrounding the outside of the University buildings and are available
for holding various types of events. ... Outdoor Space Reservation Forms should be submitted to Event Scheduling (OSAL), no less than
ten (10) days prior to the scheduled event
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementA variety of sexual conduct directed at another University community member may be
considered sexual harassment, including, but not limited to:
a. Comments of a sexual nature including sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or
b. Remarks of a sexual nature about a person's body or clothing, whistling in a suggestive
manner, obscene gestures;
c. Uninvited physical contact or touching such as pinching or intentional brushing against the
d. Solicitation of sexual favors through implicit or explicit promises of workplace or academic
rewards or threats of punishment.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementOld Dominion University will at all times defend the right of free expression, including the right
of free assembly.
Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, Statement[...]
AS A MEMBER OF THE OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY, I WILL
Heighten my awareness of individual and cultural differences and similarities.
Aware that our strength is our diversity [and that each individual is endowed with unique gifts], I choose to be attuned to the strength of each individual. I will seek new ways to learn about others, to challenge stereotypes, to recognize the human similarities that bond us together as people, and to respect and value the differences instead of criticizing them.