Texas Woman’s University

Location: Denton, Texas
Website: http://www.twu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Texas Woman’s 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.

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Red Light Policies

  • TWU Counseling Center: Sexual Harassment Includes Many Things 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment includes many things: …

    * Unwanted letters, telephone calls, or materials of a sexual nature
    * Unwanted pressure for dates
    * Unwanted sexual teasing, jokes, remarks, or questions
    * Referring to an adult as a girl, hunk, doll, babe, or honey
    * Whistling at someone
    * Cat calls
    * Sexual comments
    * Turning work discussions to sexual topics
    * Sexual innuendoes or stories
    * Asking about sexual fantasies, preferences, or history
    * Personal questions about social or sexual life
    * Sexual comments about a person’s clothing, anatomy, or looks
    * Kissing sounds, howling, and smacking lips
    * Telling lies or spreading rumors about a person’s personal sex life

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  • TWU Counseling Center: Sexual Harassment- The Facts 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Gender Harassment: Generalized sexist statements and behavior that convey insulting or degrading attitudes about women. Examples include insulting remarks, offensive graffiti, obscene jokes or humor about sex or women in general.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Residence Life Handbook: Resident’s Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

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

    Primary rights of the hall resident include: … the right to be free from fear, intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm. … Any violation of these rights is subject to review and action by the Residence Life Conduct Review Board or Area Manager, Residence Director, Hall Director, or both; the violation may be referred to the University Student Conduct Board for further action.

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  • Student Handbook: Free Speech Areas 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Designated free speech areas are available to TWU students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The designated areas may be used for, but are not limited to, the expression of personal politics, philosophy, religious viewpoints, surveys, or announcements. … Other areas on all campuses may also be utilized by departments or organizations for similar activities; however, reservations are required.

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  • Student Handbook: Statement of Community Respect 13-14

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

    The pursuit of community respect requires tolerance of intellectual positions and the expression of ideas that are different from, and contrary to, one’s own beliefs and values. The TWU community expects that the expression of these ideas will be exercised in ways that are consistent with norms of civility toward all people and that demonstrate respect for the cultural traditions of the diverse racial, religious, ethnic and national groups that comprise the University community.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Violations of the Code of Conduct fall into the following categories:

    Verbal, physical, or psychological abuse, including detention or threat of bodily harm to self or another person or persons in the university community. …
    Intimidation or harassment of TWU students or employees.

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  • Student Handbook: Distribution of Printed Material 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    All persons and organizations, both those officially and those not officially connected with the university, may come upon university property for effecting the distribution of announcements, notices, pictures, advertisements, or publications only after giving notice to the Center for Student Development of the time, place, and manner of such distribution and by filing a copy of the material to be distributed with the Center for Student Development at least one day prior to the time of distribution.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies

    Bullying—aggression that intends to harm, occurs repeatedly, including by electronic means.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is: • unwelcome, sexual or gender-based verbal, written or physical conduct that is, • sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it, • has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying or limiting education or employment opportunities or the ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational, social and/or residential program, and is • based on power differentials (quid pro quo), or the creation of a hostile environment or retaliation.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Texas Woman’s University is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression and freedom of the individual are sustained. TWU is committed to preserving the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution. The exercise and preservation of these freedoms and rights require a respect for the rights of all people in the community to enjoy them to the same extent.

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