The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

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

Speech Code Rating

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 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

  • College Network Resources and the Internet 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Access to the network is a privilege that may be revoked at any time for abusive conduct. Such abusive conduct
    includes, but is not limited to: … Use of abusive or otherwise objectionable language in either public or private messages.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    For student conduct which is outside the jurisdiction of the Honor Court but which tends to discredit or injure the College,
    the Chancellor is authorized by the President of the University of Virginia to impose such penalty as he/she may deem appropriate,
    including expulsion from the College.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Physical and/or emotional abuse of any person on College-owned or controlled property or at College-sponsored or supervised
    functions, or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person.

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  • Housing Agreement & Application for Campus Housing 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    All exterior door and window decorations, other than message boards, that are visible from outside must be approved by the Director of Housing & Residence Life.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    The College 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. It is committed to preserving the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual/Discriminatory Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct or written communication of a sexual nature is sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work, academic performance, or participation in extracurricular activities, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.

    Sexual harassment may be described generally as unwelcome sexual behavior that a reasonable person would find offensive and that adversely affects the working or learning environment.

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  • Schools struggle with dark writings

    May 20, 2008

    When Steven Barber turned in a short story this semester for his creative-writing class at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, his instructor was alarmed. The 23-year-old student had produced an imagined account of someone on the edge of a violent breakdown, touching on suicide and murder. “It had to be acted on immediately,” says Christopher Scalia, the instructor. He alerted administrators, who reacted swiftly, searching Mr. Barber’s dorm room and car. Upon discovering three guns, they had him committed to a psychiatric institution for a weekend. Then they expelled him. Yet the psychiatrists who evaluated Mr. Barber during […]

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