Location: Laramie, Wyoming
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit
University of Wyoming 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
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementDiscrimination includes: ... Sexual harassment - Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors,
sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or
communication of a sexual nature.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementVerbal, written or graphic abuse, including threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct that creates a climate of fear or which is reasonably expected to cause mental or emotional distress.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementMistreating, intimidating, bullying or coercing another individual for any
reason is prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment is a form of discrimination that
includes verbal, written, or physical behavior of a sexual nature, directed at someone, or
against a particular group, because of that person's or group's sex or sexual orientation, or
based on gender stereotypes, when that behavior is unwelcome and meets either of the
following criteria: ... The behavior has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student's
work or educational performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning
environment for employment, education, on-campus living, or participation in a
University activity. Examples of this type of sexual harassment can include:
(a) persistent unwelcomed efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship
(b) unwelcome commentary about an individual's body or sexual activities
(c) unwanted sexual attention. (d) repeated and unwelcome sexually-oriented teasing, joking, or flirting
(e) verbal abuse of a sexual nature.
Comments or communications could be verbal, written, or electronic. Behavior does not
need to be directed at or to a specific student, but rather may be generalized unwelcomed
and unnecessary comments based on sex or gender stereotypes.
Determination of whether alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment requires
consideration of all the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementStudent organizations may post signs, publicize, and advertise on campus in accordance with the following policies: ... Posters must be approved by a professional staff member in the Campus Activities Center. ... The advertisement, publicity, sign, or banner must be in good taste and appropriate for its intended purpose.
Proper Use of Computing and Data Communications Facilities Operated by the Division of Information Technology 13-14
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement
Improper use includes, but is not limited to, use for personal gain; use which intentionally
interferes with legitimate use by others; and, use which is threatening to others, including
May 2, 2013
by James Taranto The Wall Street Journal A student at the University of Wyoming has received a misdemeanor citation for a Facebook post that “allegedly threatened” a female UW student, the amusingly named Laramie Boomerang reports. The target of the post was Meg Lanker-Simons. The student who is accused of sending it is Meg Lanker-Simons. CampusReform.org has the full text of the post except for a partly redacted four-letter obscenity. As this is the website of a family newspaper, we’ll rely on the Boomerang’s sanitized description: The post was made April 24 to the UW Crushes page on […]» Read More
September 13, 2010
We haven’t been that nice to the University of Wyoming here on The Torch in recent months. Then again, the university’s recent antics—banning education professor and former Weather Underground leader William Ayers from speaking on the campus and then losing $86,000 of Wyoming taxpayer money trying to defend this indefensible decision in court—haven’t made it the easiest to love. After being dragged through the mud here and elsewhere, however, I’m encouraged to see UW’s announcement that it will hold a forum on the subject of freedom of expression on its campus. The university’s press release states that the event “will […]» Read More
July 12, 2010
We’ve written a number of times here about the University of Wyoming’s ill-advised and unconstitutional attempts to prevent education professor and former Weather Underground leader William Ayers from speaking on the UW campus after he was duly invited. We predicted that this effort would fail miserably and expensively, and we were, of course, right. Most recently, I wrote here that the attempted end-run around the First Amendment cost the university and, ultimately, the people of Wyoming $50,000. That $50,000 doesn’t tell the whole story, as we’ve learned recently, for it only covers the legal fees for the plaintiffs, Ayers and […]» Read More
May 21, 2010
The drama surrounding the recent appearance of Professor William Ayers at the University of Wyoming has come to an end, it seems, and an expensive end at that. Ayers and UW student Meg Lanker agreed to drop their lawsuit against the university after UW agreed to pay $50,000 in legal fees for the plaintiffs, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Like a loaded gun in a Chekhov drama whose presence guarantees it will be discharged before the play’s end, this outcome was foreseeable. Unlike the world of Uncle Vanya or The Seagull, however, it was eminently avoidable. FIRE had publicly warned […]» Read More
April 28, 2010
As we reported yesterday, U.S. District Judge William Downes was unconvinced by the University of Wyoming’s defense of its ban of education professor and co-founder of the Weather Underground Bill Ayers, and ordered that Ayers be allowed to speak on campus in Downes’ decision yesterday afternoon. As Adam noted, FIRE and other civil liberties advocates had reason to be optimistic about yesterday’s decision after the hearing, as Judge Downes and plaintiffs’ attorney David Lane dashed the credibility of the university’s defense by sharply questioning the legitimacy of the threats the school cited as justification for excluding Ayers. The Casper Star-Tribune‘s […]» Read More
April 27, 2010
In a true “dog bites man” story for those who follow FIRE or are conversant with the First Amendment, the Associated Press is reporting that a federal judge has ordered the University of Wyoming to allow University of Illinois-Chicago professor and former Weather Underground leader William Ayers to speak on its Laramie campus. FIRE has been pointing out the inevitability of this development for some time, and just this afternoon noted that things weren’t looking so good for the university’s effort at censorship once the judge had told the university president in yesterday’s hearing that threats of violence do not […]» Read More
April 27, 2010
Free speech is winning points against violent agitators in the wake of the University of Wyoming’s choice to ban from speaking on campus controversial education professor William Ayers, whose former organization Weather Underground once made a point of being violent agitators. As Peter described last Thursday, students and faculty at the University of Wyoming (UW) held a demonstration in support of free speech on campus, and Ayers, along with student Meg Lanker, has sued the university following two failed attempts to bring him to the campus. Peter’s post has most of the details, including some choice quotations from the lawsuit. […]» Read More
April 22, 2010
Today, students and faculty at the University of Wyoming (UW) are holding a demonstration in support of free speech in the wake of a cancelled appearance by education professor and Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers. Ayers has sued the university following two failed attempts to bring him to the campus. Ayers had originally been scheduled to appear at UW on April 5 and 6, hosted by UW’s Social Justice Research Center (SJRC). Though the controversy surrounding his appearance only swelled in the final days prior to his scheduled visit, the appearance had been planned at least as far back as […]» Read More