University of Montana – Western

Location: Dillon, Montana
Website: http://www.umwestern.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Montana – Western 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

  • Campus Policy Manual: Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment in education or employment covers a broad spectrum of behavior, ranging from sexual
    innuendoes and gender-based comments made at inappropriate times, perhaps in the guise of humor, to coerced sexual relations.

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  • Student Handbook: General Behavior Code- Computer Use 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    The following items represent, but do not fully define, misuse of information technology resources. … Using resources for derogatory, racially offensive, sexually offensive, harassing, threatening, or discriminatory purposes.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Statement of Responsibility 13-14

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

    All members of the campus community have the personal responsibility to promote an atmosphere of civility in which the free exchange of ideas and opinions can flourish. We do so by learning from individual and collective differences and respecting every person.

    It should consistently be remembered that all Montana Western employees and students are working under the following set of standards for the betterment of the University, its employees, and its students. It is the responsibility of each of us to live up to these standards. All of the expectations below apply to face-to-face as well as virtual interactions. … While discussions may become heated and passionate, they should never become mean, nasty or vindictive in spoken or printed or emailed words, facial expressions, or gestures ….

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  • Campus Policy Manual: Acceptable Use 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Use of the UMW Network for purposes which may be interpreted as harassment or intimidation is prohibited.

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  • Student Handbook: Residence Life- Resident Rights & Responsibilities 13-14

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

    You have the responsibility to help maintain the sense of community by including others and making them feel part of the group. Action, direct or covert, that discriminates on race, creed, sex, age, disability, national origin or sexual orientation is not tolerated in this community.

    You have the responsibility to accept all other residents for who they are and where they come from, and to educated yourself on issues of human diversity and to appreciate differences as simply differences.

    You have the right to feel safe and free from threat of intimidation, physical, or emotional harm ….

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Green Light Policies
  • Campus Policy Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    The University of Montana Western recognizes that its students retain the rights provided by the United States and Montana Constitutions, Federal and State statutes, and other applicable University policy, while attending UMW.

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  • Student Handbook: General Behavior Code- Standards of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    When a student, with the intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy, bully, or offend, (a) causes bodily injury to another, (b) causes reasonable apprehension of bodily injury in another, (c) damages, destroys, or defaces any property of another or any public property, or (d) makes repeated telephone communications anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours or in offensively coarse language.

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  • Campus Policy Manual: Student Academic Freedom 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Fundamental to our entire philosophy is the firm belief that rights guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States must be protected on the campus as elsewhere and that local, state, and federal laws must prevail on campus. Becoming a member of the University community in no way abrogates or compromises the rights that the Constitution of the United States guarantees to all persons. This principle applies to the adjudication of violations of campus policies as well as other areas.

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  • Feds distance themselves from college campus speech restrictions

    November 24, 2013

    by Gabriella Morrongiello Free speech and due process guaranteed by the First and Fifth Amendments remains intact on college campuses as federal officials have backed away from implementing the “blueprint” for campus speech restrictions issued by the Departments of Education (DOE) and Justice (DOJ) in May. The guidelines on campus speech restrictions were developed after the DOE and DOJ carried out a joint investigation into allegations of sexual assault that occurred at the University of Montana. “The investigation found that six football players were accused of aiding, attempting or committing sexual assault from spring 2009 to spring 2012 and that […]

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