Worcester State University

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Website: http://www.worcester.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Worcester State 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.

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Rules and Regulations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    Hate crimes including but not limited to racist or discriminatory comments, epithets or other expressive behavior directed at an
    individual or on separate occasions at different individuals, or physical conduct, if such comments, epithets, other expressive
    behavior or physical conduct intentionally:

    a. Demean the race, sex, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or age of the individual or individuals

    b. Create an intimidating, hostile or demeaning environment for education, College related work, or other College activities on College premises or off campus where College jurisdiction applies.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Rules and Regulations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    Conduct that has a detrimental effect on the reputation of Worcester State.

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  • Network Acceptable Use 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    WSU at any time may make determinations that particular uses are not consistent with the purposes of the WSU network.

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  • Student Handbook: Equal Opportunity/Sexual Harassment Policy Statement 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    For general purposes, sexual harassment may be described as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical conduct and expressive behavior of a sexual nature.

    [S]exual harassment may also involve relationships among equals, when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal behaviors have a harmful effect on a person’s ability to study or work in the academic setting.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Rules and Regulations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies

    Bullying, defined as the severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another student or a member of the Worcester State community that has the effect of:
    * Causing physical or emotional harm to the other student or damage to the other student’s property
    * Placing the other student in reasonable fear of harm to him/herself or of damage to his/her property
    * Creating a hostile environment at school for the other student
    * Infringing on the rights of the other student on campus
    * Materially and substantially disrupting the education process or the orderly operation of Worcester State.
    * Bullying through the use of technology or any electronic means

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Rules and Regulations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including but not limited to physical abuse, verbal abuse,
    threats, intimidation, harassment, and/or coercion.

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  • Student Handbook: Campus Policies- Leafleting Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    The Student Government Association has prohibited solicitation by leafleting except when approved by the Student Senate or a recognized College office.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Introduction 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    In addition to the basic rights granted by the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, members of the College
    community share some other rights crucial for the conduct of free inquiry that is central to the College’s mission.

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