Western State College of Colorado

Location: Gunnison, Colorado
Website: http://www.western.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Western State College of Colorado 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Computer and Data Networks- Acceptable Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Free expression of ideas is central to the academic process. Western computer system administrators will not remove any information from individual accounts, servers or electronic bulletin boards maintained in individual accounts unless it is determined that: …

    The information infringes on the rights of others or the normal functioning of the University, because it is unrelated to or is inconsistent with the mission of the University, or is otherwise not in compliance with the legal and ethical usage responsibilities outlined in Federal, State, and University policies.

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  • Residents’ Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

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

    Residents have the responsibility… To treat others in a civil manner and manage conflict in a mature manner.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: General Definitions and Conditions of Misconduct- Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    The University defines harassment as conduct that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it so undermines and detracts from a student’s educational experience or creates a hostile environment and essentially denies a student equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities. Conduct over social media that rises to this level is prohibited. Harassment, as defined above, is not protected by the First Amendment.

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  • Student Handbook: Inappropriate Behavior 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    As an academic community, Western State College is committed to the open exchange of ideas where all views, popular and unpopular, can be freely advocated.

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  • Student Handbook: Anti-Discrimination Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal and physical conduct based on sex when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially and unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment. For such conduct to constitute sexual harassment in the teaching context, the behavior must also be persistent, pervasive, and not germane to the academic subject matter and affect a student’s class participation, or ability to participate in or benefit from an education program, opportunity or activity, or create an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment.

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  • Student Handbook: Inappropriate Behavior 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Behavior which infringes on the rights of others or interferes with the normal functioning of the University will result in disciplinary action through established procedures of the University. Any threats of harm or harassment in social media may be subject to discussions and can be considered as evidence in the judicial process as well as subject to a judicial hearing.

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