University of Mary Washington

Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Mary Washington 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
  • Judicial Affairs and Community Responsibility: Disorderly or Obscene Conduct 13-14

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

    No student shall be involved in disorderly or obscene conduct. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to: fighting, creating a disturbance, obscene language, verbal or physical harassment, making excessive noise. Disorderly or obscene conduct on campus, at any UMW-sponsored event, or while operating or traveling in any Mary Washington or state-owned vehicle, should be reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Responsibility, or, in urgent situations, to University Police.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Publicity 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    ANY poster, sign, flyer, notice, banner, or other advertisement to be displayed on campus MUST FIRST be reviewed, approved, and stamped by SAE. … SAE will not approve vulgar material or anything with pictures or statements concerning alcohol or drugs. Materials will only be approved if they are keeping within the values of the University.

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  • Bias Offense and Incident Reporting Policy: Related Definitions 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    Below are definitions of terms that are commonly used in conversations about creating a safe and respectful professional, academic, and/or social climate. These definitions, however, should not be interpreted as legal definitions that are or may be used to determine if a violation of law has occurred. … Bias Incident-any behavior that a person finds harmful or hurtful and reasonably believes is directed at him or her or others simply because of one’s race, color, religion, disability, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, veteran status, or age … Harassment  – unwanted negative attention perceived as intimidating, demeaning, or bothersome to an individual

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Green Light Policies
  • Sexual Misconduct Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    SEXUAL HARASSMENT is defined as gender-based verbal or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with or deprives someone of educational access, benefits, or opportunities.

    Hostile Environment harassment includes any situation in which there is harassing conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent, and patently offensive, such that it alters the conditions of education or employment, from both a subjective (the alleged victim’s) and an objective (reasonable person’s) viewpoint.

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  • Bias Offense and Incident Reporting Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    A bias offense is any act that is based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, disability, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, veteran status, or age that creates an intimidating and/or hostile educational , living, or working environment by unreasonably and substantially interfering with an individual’s or group’s safety, security, work, or academic performance. Acts include language and/or behaviors. Bias offenses may result in serious sanctions or disciplinary action. An intimidating and/or hostile environment is one that reasonably results from severe or pervasive bias related conduct.

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  • Network and Computer Use Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    The network provides an open forum for the expression of ideas, including
    viewpoints that are strange, unorthodox, and unpopular. Opinions expressed
    there must be presented in a manner that is free of obscenity (as defined by
    Code of Virginia section 18.2-372), forgery, and other illegal forms of
    expression, which are not acceptable uses of the University’s network and are
    in violation of University policy. In addition, expressions of opinion may not be
    represented as the views of the University of Mary Washington, and individual
    users are responsible and accountable for any material posted and transmitted
    on the network in violation of this or other University policies, or state or
    federal law.

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  • Responding to “Offensive” Speech with Constructive Speech at the University of Mary Washington

    November 12, 2007

    According to Jeff Branscome in The Free Lance-Star, University of Mary Washington freshman Rob Mariani “is facing college disciplinary action for disrupting community values and disorderly conduct after the school’s student newspaper ran a story about a racially insensitive poster found in a dorm.” Mariani had put the poster outside his dorm room door, and it or a copy of it somehow ended up in a dorm refrigerator, where it was discovered by cleaning staff, who complained. The poster, according to Branscome, “pictured an emotional black basketball player embracing his coach and read, ‘Slavery Reinstated: Catch Yourself a Strong One.’” […]

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