Location: Pensacola, Florida
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
University of West Florida 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.
Red Light Policies
Harassment based on any of the following protected classes: gender (including gender identity and sex), race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or sexual orientation. Harassment is defined as conduct that unreasonably
interferes with an individual’s academic or employment status or performance by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment or an educational environment. (Harassment on the basis of these protected classes may include unequal treatment that is based on prejudiced stereotypes of a group to which that individual may belong such as objectionable epithets, threatened or actual physical harm or abuse, stalking, or other intimidating or insulting conduct directed against the individual based on his or her protected class.)
The assembly area designated as the “Free Speech Area” on the campus map (see UWF Student Life Handbook) is established as the only campus location for unscheduled and unorganized public expression. The Free Speech Area may be used by the university
community, including students, faculty, staff, and guests, for unscheduled and unorganized public expression without prior registration or approval, providing applicable university regulations are observed.
The use of the Free Speech Area is limited to regular university operating hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.).
Written materials may be distributed free of charge by university students on the campus, either individually or as officials of registered student organizations, pursuant to the following regulations: … Distributors must register the distribution (Event Registration Form) and a specimen copy of the material with the University Commons and Student Activities Office.
For the purpose of this policy, harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct which is based on an individual’s protected class (age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status) that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or objectively offensive as to alter the terms and conditions of employment or substantially disrupt the educational
For the purpose of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or creates an objectively intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.
March 4, 2011
On Valentine’s Day at the University of West Florida (UWF), people strolling the public university’s Cannon Greens did not see the language of love displayed, but instead the graphic images of genocide victims and aborted fetuses provided by a California anti-abortion group. According to an article by Terry Strickland in UWF’s student newspaper The Voyager, the display was held outside of UWF’s “free speech zone” (between buildings 18 and 21 on the campus map), and not without complaint. Many students claimed that the display was “a violation of decency” and questioned why it had not been confined to UWF’s free […]» Read More