Location: Wichita, Kansas
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit
Wichita State 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementResidents using public areas should be dressed appropriately, refrain from any behavior which
might prove offensive to others, conduct themselves in an orderly manner, and respect the rights of others.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementPictures and other materials that may be considered objectionable are not to be displayed in areas that may be visible
outside a residence hall room/suite/apartment (including viewed from outside of room through window or door).
Incidents will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementPhysical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any member of the University community or which occurs on University premises is prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementViolations of these ethical standards and unauthorized or inappropriate use of computers is prohibited. Such use includes but is not limited to: ... Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment, an intentional act, or series of acts, which is extreme or outrageous, or calculated to cause severe embarrassment, humiliation, shame or fright, or which is intended to intimidate or ridicule is prohibited. To constitute harassment, the conduct must be of such a nature that a reasonable person would not tolerate it.
Policies and Procedures: Use of University Campus by University Groups for First Amendment Activities 12-13
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementIf more than forty (40) people are expected to participate in the Event, the Event must be held in one or more of the areas shown on the attached map (hereinafter "the Limited Public Forum"). (Note to readers of this policy on the World Wide Web: Copies of the map of "Limited Public Forums" can be picked up at University Police headquarters.)
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementThe use of the University's computing and information technology resources to send, upload, download, post, transmit or store ... profane, libelous, threatening, intimidating or other unlawful messages is specifically prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementPosters/flyers shall ... contain appropriate print and content for the University community. ... Posters/flyers not posted in accordance with this policy will be removed by University employees.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment is defined in terms of unwelcome conduct (sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, written or spoken sexual expressions, physical behavior of a sexual nature) under any of the following circumstances: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment.
March 6, 2012
There’s some good news out of Wichita State University (WSU), which recently had decided to enact a rule that prohibited any “non-scholarly religious” student group from receiving student fee funding. The good news is that WSU has now un-enacted that rule. The reasoning usually offered for this type of rule is that it is intended to prevent religious groups from using student fee money to advocate for their religion on campus, or to engage in worship or other activities to which others might object. But when these rules are confined to only religious student groups (as opposed to groups engaged […]» Read More