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
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
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 12-13All 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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
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.