Old Dominion University

Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Website: http://www.odu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Code of Student Conduct: Online Misconduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Students 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 resources.

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  • University Policies: General Harassment Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment- 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.���  ��� 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.

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  • University Policies: General Harassment Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Statement

    Bullying- 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.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Publicizing Events 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    All 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.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Outdoor Space Guidelines 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    Outdoor 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

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  • University Policies: Sexual Harassment Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment- Unwelcome and unsolicited conduct of a sexual nature, physical or verbal, by a member of the University community when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with such person’s work or academic performance or participation in extracurricular activities by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

    A 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 anecdotes;
    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 body; and
    d. Solicitation of sexual favors through implicit or explicit promises of workplace or academic rewards or threats of punishment.

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Green Light Policies
Not Rated Policies
  • Student Handbook – Monarch Creed

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, Statement




    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.

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