Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay 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.
March 13, 2009
FIRE successfully persuaded the University of Wisconsin’s Board of Regents to affirm due process rights for students, including the option of a hearing before a committee including student peers, attorney representation in the case of serious allegations, and both e-mail and paper notification of proceedings. The Board had proposed changes to the State Administrative Code governing infractions and judicial procedures within Wisconsin’s public universities that would have limited due process rights and granted more discretion to administrators. FIRE’s Adam Kissel engaged in a speaking tour of University of Wisconsin schools in opposition to these changes, even speaking before the Board […]» Read More
Red Light Policies
University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents: Policies- Racist and Other Discriminatory Conduct Policy 12-13
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement[I]nstitutions may wish to provide specific examples of racist and other discriminatory conduct, to further enhance understanding of the problem. Such examples might include:
... 3. verbal assaults based on ethnicity, such as name calling, racial slurs, or "jokes" that demean a victim's color, culture or history.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementUW-Green Bay and Residence Life will not tolerate behavior aimed at discriminating, degrading or hurting people-- whether physical, emotional, or indirect (notes, signs, gestures).
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementProhibited harassment is conduct based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability and any other legally protected basis when: ... 2. Such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work, academic, or residential environment; or
3. Such conduct otherwise adversely affects employment or academic opportunities.
Examples of such prohibited conduct when based upon a legally protected status include, but are not limited to:
* Verbal abuse or hostile behavior such as insulting, teasing, mocking, degrading, or ridiculing another person or group ... Displays or electronic transmission of derogatory, demeaning, or hostile materials ....
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementAbuse of e-mail privileges such as sending unwanted messages to large groups (spamming) or hurtful e-mails to specific individuals is not acceptable and will be dealt with by the proper University officials.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUW-Green Bay is a place of tolerance and good manners. Use of the network or any UW-Green Bay computer facility for hate mail, statements or images intended to injure or humiliate others, threats, personal attacks on others, or statements expressing animus towards any person or group by reason of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability is prohibited. This includes any such messages transmitted by email, instant messaging or any other electronic means which relies on the UWGB network for transmission.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech, StatementBias Motivated Incident: When an act does not constitute a crime (see below for a list of crime categories) hate offenses are referred to as bias-motivated incidents. These incidents may include cases of minor harassment, verbal slurs, and be precursors to more serious hate motivated violence.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementNo person may, with intent to harass,
annoy or offend another person, send a message to the person on
an electronic mail or other computerized communication system
and in that message use any obscene, lewd or profane language or
suggest any lewd or lascivious act.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementNo person may engage in violent conduct or make threats of violence, implied or direct, on university lands or in connection with university business. This includes but is not limited to: ... Acts or threats made directly or indirectly by words, gestures or symbols.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementAs adults, we are responsible for our behavior and are fully accountable for our actions. We each must take responsibility for our awareness of racism, sexism, ageism, xenophobia, homophobia, and other forms of oppression.
Housing and Residence Life: Policies and Expectations- Abuse, Bias-Motivated Behavior, Domestic Violence, Harassment, and Sexual Assault 12-13
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementDiscrimination and harassment have no place on our campus. Harassment can be verbal, physical or electronic in nature. Threats, demands for favors, social media posts or constant calling or texting are just some ways individuals can be harassed. Conduct that is intended to demean an individual and creates a hostile, intimidating, or demeaning environment may be sanctioned if the behavior breaches the peace or tends to provoke an immediate violent response.