Washington & Lee University

Location: Lexington, Virginia
Website: http://www2.wlu.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Washington & Lee University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.

This school does not have any cases at this time.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Organization Handbook: Publicity Best Practices 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Fliers are not permitted to reference alcohol.

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  • Student Handbook: Statement on Student Behavior 13-14

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

    Washington and Lee University expects an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect to prevail. Instances of uncivil behavior involving students are most effectively dealt with in personal and informal ways, not by formal conduct procedures. Therefore, members of the Washington and Lee community who believe themselves to have been objects of such behavior should first seek resolution by personal consultation with friends, faculty, designated advisers, or others who may intervene in the dispute. If such direct efforts do not resolve the matter, instances of uncivil behavior involving students may be reported to the Associate Dean of Students for Student Conduct.

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  • Student Judicial Council 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    Any person who believes a student has deviated from this standard has the right to have the complaint reviewed by the SJC. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to, the following: … Conduct unbecoming of a Washington and Lee student.

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Green Light Policies
  • University Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    To constitute harassment in violation of this policy there must be a finding that the conduct was: (1) based on one or more of the protected categories mentioned above; (2) unwelcome and offensive; and (3) either severe (in the case of isolated incidents) or repeated and pervasive such that it had the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or educational environment at the University.

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  • Computing Resources, Network and Email Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Neither the network pathways nor W&L-owned computer systems are to be used: … for harassing, fraudulent, or threatening purposes.

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  • The Problem with Mandating Civility

    October 11, 2012

    FIRE is often referred to as a “watchdog” organization, and that is indeed an important part of what we do. But those who follow our work know that we also love to reward schools for upholding students’ free speech rights. That is why when a university earns a “green light” rating—a distinction currently awarded to just 15 out of the hundreds of schools we survey—FIRE does as much as possible to ensure that good news receives the maximum publicity. For example, we publish an annual list of the best colleges for free speech on The Huffington Post. In the last […]

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