Utah Valley University

Location: Orem, Utah
Website: http://www.uvu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Utah Valley University 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.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

  • Policy Manual: Sexual Harassment and Consensual Relationships 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    No member of the College community shall engage in sexual harassment. For the purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, written, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning.

    Sexual harassment encompasses any sexual attention that is unwanted. Examples of the verbal or physical conduct prohibited by the “Prohibited Acts” section above include, but are not limited to: …  4.2.3.2 A pattern of conduct (not legitimately related to the subject matter of a course if one is involved) intended to discomfort or humiliate, or both, that includes one or more of the following:  1) Comments of a sexual nature; or  2) Sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes.

    Members of the University community who, without establishing a pattern of doing so, engage in isolated conduct of the kind described above in section 4.2.3, “Examples of Sexual Harassment,” or who exhibit a pattern of engaging in such conduct may fail to realize that their actions discomfort or humiliate and demonstrate insensitivity that necessitates remedial measures. When university administrators become aware that such activities are occurring in their areas, they shall direct that those engaged in such conduct undertake an educational program designed to help them understand the harm that they are doing.

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  • Policy Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities Code 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    A student assumes the responsibility to conduct himself/herself in an appropriate manner. Categories of misconduct that are not considered responsible behavior include, but are not limited to, the following: … Sexual assault, harassment, or any other unwelcome verbal or physical sexual activity, including the support or assistance of such activities.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Policy Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities Code 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    A student, while properly enrolled at the institution, will have the right to the following institutional services, treatment and information: … E. Freedom from a discriminatory and offensive environment that may cause emotional stress or a hostile or offensive campus environment directed toward another person.

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  • Policy Manual: Scheduling Peaceful Assemblies 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Plan your peaceful assemblies through the Dean of Students. … Reserve an appropriate location from the list below.

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  • Policy Manual: Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment: Any unwelcomed physical or verbal conduct toward a person based on a protected status that interferes with the individual’s work or academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment.

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  • Policy Manual: Appropriate Use of Computing Facilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES: Pertinent laws include, but are not limited to: … Harassment: A course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes emotional distress in such person and serves no legitimate purpose. … Disorderly Conduct: Utah law (76-9-102) prohibits a person from knowingly creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by an act which serves no legitimate purpose. Intending to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof. Making unreasonable noises in a public place. Engaging in abusive or obscene language or making obscene gestures in a public place. … Utah law (76-10-1228) prohibits public display (at any establishment frequented by minors, or where the minors are invited as a part of the general public, i.e. UVU), any motion picture, or any still picture that consists of nude or partially denuded figures posed or presented in a manner to provoke or arouse lust or passion.

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Green Light Policies
  • Policy Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities Code 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    A student, while properly enrolled at the institution, will have the right to the following institutional services, treatment and information:

    1) Free and open discussion, inquiry and expression, subject to constitutional limitations regarding time, place and manner.

    7) Full protection under the Constitution for freedom of the press, including constitutional limitations on prior restraint and censorship.

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  • Policy Manual: Appropriate Use of Computing Facilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    4.7 Free Expression
    4.7.1 Communications which originate from UVU facilities are free from censorship or prior restraint, except when they are illegal.

    4.7.2 Universities exist for the transmission of knowledge and the pursuit of truth. Censorship of material on partisan or doctrinal grounds is contrary to these goals.

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  • Fighting Words 101

    March 14, 2005

    Colorado legislator Bob Hagedorn admits that when he proposed Senate Bill 85 in December, he was thinking of himself. In the wake of last fall’s polarizing race for the White House, Hagedorn, a Democrat who is also a political-science professor at Metropolitan State College in Denver, grew more and more worried about saying the wrong thing as his students debated contentious issues like George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind initiative and the teaching of creationism in schools. Earlier in the year, students had filed bias complaints against a colleague who had criticized Republicans. “I’m thinking ‘My God, we don’t […]

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  • FIRE’s Azhar Majeed on Utah Valley’s Speech Codes

    July 3, 2013

    FIRE Associate Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Azhar Majeed spoke earlier this week with Alex Sousa of the UVU Review, Utah Valley University’s student newspaper, about the public institution’s two “red light” speech codes—policies that clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech. As Sousa’s article notes, both red light policies deal with sexual harassment, an issue of particular concern to FIRE and other free speech advocates after the Departments of Education and Justice’s May 9 “blueprint” letter mandating overbroad sexual harassment policies on campuses across the country. One of UVU’s speech codes prohibits, among other things, “any … unwelcome […]

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