Location: Macomb, Illinois
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit
Western Illinois 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.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementIt is the policy of Western Illinois University that all faculty, staff, and students work and study in an environment that is free from harassment based on sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
The University defines harassment as verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual because of his/her sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status, and that:
has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment;
has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work, study, or participation in University activities; or
otherwise adversely affects an individual's opportunities.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementExamples of behavior and conduct that constitute sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to, the following: ... sexual advances, physical or implied, or direct propositions of a sexual nature. This activity may include inappropriate/unnecessary touching or rubbing against another, sexually suggestive or degrading jokes or comments, remarks of a sexual nature about one's clothing and/or body, preferential treatment in exchange for sexual activity, and the inappropriate display of sexually explicit pictures, text, printed materials, or objects that do not serve an academic purpose;
a pattern of conduct, which can be subtle in nature, that has sexual overtones and is intended to create, or has the effect of creating, discomfort and/or humiliation of another; or
remarks speculating about a person's sexual activities or sexual history, or remarks about one's own sexual activities or sexual history, that do not serve a medical or academic purpose.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementWhile you may decorate the inside of your room to suit your tastes, the outside of your door and window are
considered available to public view. The University will not allow the posting of items which are
deemed to be racist, sexist, indecent, scandalous, illegal, inciting, or in any way oppressive in
nature. These items may be removed, and disciplinary action may be taken.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementThe University will not approve any information that is deemed to be racist, sexist,
indecent, scandalous, illegal, inciting, or in any way oppressive in nature. Each hall has
established locations where materials may be posted.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementAny student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions, including separation from the University or a lesser sanction authorized by the Code. ... [A]cts of physical or verbal abuse.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementThe faculty of Western Illinois University has a responsibility in all professional activities--teaching and other primary duties, research and other creative activities, and service--to act in a manner which supports the principle of just and equal treatment for all people regardless of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status. This responsibility shall include, but not be limited to, the use of inclusive oral and written language. "Inclusive Language" is defined as language that is neutral with respect to sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, StatementDistribution of printed materials or solicitation of signatures on sidewalks within the campus is limited to the daylight hours and is restricted to the following areas:
The walkways and open area traditionally known as the "free speech area" directly to the north of the University Union.
The south campus area adjacent to the University Union and covering the open spaces between Seal, Sallee, Browne, and Memorial Halls.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementAs citizens of the larger community in which the University is located, students retain the rights and responsibilities common to all citizens; affiliation with the University does not diminish the rights or responsibilities held by a student or any other community member as a citizen of the State, the nation, or the world.