University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Website: http://www.uwosh.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

  • University of Wisconsin: Students’ Due Process Rights

    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 […]

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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

    It 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.

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  • Community Rights and Responsibilities Handbook: Inclusivity/Diversity 12-13

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

    No 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
    orientation.

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  • Community Rights and Responsibilities Handbook: Disorderly Conduct Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    The 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
    suspension/expulsion.

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  • 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, Statement

    All 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.

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  • Faculty and Staff Handbook: Racist and Discriminatory Conduct 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    In 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy 12-13

    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.

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  • UWS 18 Conduct on University Lands: Computer Use 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    No 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.

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  • Community Rights and Responsibilities Handbook: Disorderly Conduct Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    While 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.

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  • Student Affairs: Bias Motivated Incident / Crime Reporting Form 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech, Statement

    The 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.

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  • Office of Equity and Affirmative Action: Some Examples of Sexual Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    The 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.

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  • Student Handbook: Statement of Acceptable Use of Computing Resources 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Examples 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.

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  • Student Newspaper at University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Condemns Misconduct Policy Revisions

    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 […]

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