Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit
University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh 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, StatementIt is the policy of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, that racist and other discriminatory conduct toward students, employees, officials, and guests in the University of Wisconsin System is conduct that will not be tolerated. Discrimination, discriminatory attitudes, and expressions that reflect discrimination are inconsistent with the efforts of the University of Wisconsin System to foster an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the university community and to eliminate all manifestations of discrimination within the university.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementNo student should have to tolerate demeaning comments
or actions of any kind. This includes but is not limited to
comments regarding an individual’s gender, gender identity
and expression, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThe introduction of unwanted gender-based
verbal, written, or physical conduct into the work, learning, or living environments on the University campus
will not be tolerated and is strictly prohibited. Students
involved in such behavior may face disciplinary action
that may result in removal from all residence halls and
Faculty and Staff Handbook: Shared Principles to Guide Interactions Among Members of the University 12-13
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementAll members of the University have a responsibility to promote and a right to expect:
An environment that is free of harassment and free of insulting and demeaning comments
and epithets based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status, socioeconomic status, family status, or political views; consistent enforcement of federal, state and university protections against discriminatory treatment yet is free from any
official speech codes.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementIn order to enhance understanding of the conduct prohibited under this policy, the following
specific examples of racist and other discriminatory conduct are provided:
(c) 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: Harassment Policies, Statement[S]exual harassment may also involve relationships among equals, as when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal behavior have a harmful effect on a person's ability to study or work in the academic setting.
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: Posting Policies, StatementWhile residents are allowed to post
materials on the door to their room, this should not expand to the door frame or surrounding walls. Harassing or demeaning materials should not be posted
to the outside of the door or in windows facing outwards
for others to see.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech, StatementThe purpose is to track the nature of bias motivated incidents on and off the UW Oshkosh campus in an effort to prevent future behaviors and to help maintain a positive learning, living and working environment within our community. Examples may include but are not limited to the use of degrading language or slurs, spoken or written directed at woman, men, gays, lesbian, racist, anti-semitic, etc. Incidents that rise to the level of a crime should also be reported to University Police. This form does not take the place of reporting a crime to law enforcement.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThe following behaviors could be considered sexual harassment if unwelcome:
* Sexual innuendoes and comments.
* Intrusive sexually explicit questions.
* Sexually suggestive sounds or gestures such as sucking noises, winks, or pelvic thrusts.
* Repeatedly asking a person out for dates or to have sex.
* Rating a person's sexuality.
* Ogling or leering, staring at a woman's breast or man's derriere.
* Spreading rumors about a person's sexuality.
* Graffiti about a person's sexuality.
* Name-calling, such as "bitch", "whore" or "slut".
* Frequent jokes about sex for males/females.
* Letters, notes, telephone calls, or material of a sexual nature.
* Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementExamples of inappropriate and unacceptable use of computing and networking resources include, but are not limited to, the following:
Use of e-mail or messaging services to harass, intimidate, or otherwise annoy another person, for example, by broadcasting unsolicited messages or sending unwanted mail.
October 10, 2008
The Advance-Titan, the student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, has joined the fray condemning the student misconduct policy revisions proposed by the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents. The editorial reports and agrees with the concerns of the Oshkosh Student Association (OSA) that largely reiterate the objections to the policy’s lack of due process, vagueness, and jurisdictional overbreadth already voiced by UW–Madison professor Don Downs and the Committee for Academic Freedom and Rights (CAFAR) at the University of Wisconsin, the Badger Herald editorial board, and at least one Badger Herald columnist. The Advance-Titan writes, In [the] letter […]» Read More