Central Washington University

Location: Ellensburg, Washington
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Central Washington 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
  • CWUP 1-30 Statement of Rights and Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees: 1-30-020 Policies of Governing the Right of Dissent

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: May 26, 2020

    Because the right of dissent is subject to abuse, the following policies are observed: … Coercion, threats, demands, obscenity, vulgarity, obstructionism, and violence are not acceptable. Read More
  • Student Conduct Code: Prohibited Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 26, 2020

    The term “harassment” means unwelcome and offensive conduct, including verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct, that is directed at a person because of such person’s protected status and that is sufficiently serious as to deny or limit the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the u... Read More
  • Student Conduct Code: Prohibited Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 26, 2020

    The term “personal offense” is an offense against the safety or security of any person and includes physical assault, reckless endangerment, physical or verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, bullying, stalking, invasion of privacy, or other similar conduct that harms any person, or that is rea... Read More
  • Diversity & Inclusivity: Bias Response Plan

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: May 26, 2020

    Bias Motivated Incident is an action in which a person is made aware that her/his status is offensive to another, but does not rise to the level of a crime. Incidents are motivated by bias as targeted individuals or groups are intentionally selected because of the actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientati... Read More
  • CWUP 2-35-050 Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 26, 2020

    For the purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or creating an intimidating,... Read More
  • CWUP 2-40-010 Acceptable and Ethical Use of University Information Technology

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 26, 2020

    Transmitting images, sounds, or messages to others which might reasonably to be considered harassing and/or malicious is not permissible. Read More
  • CWUP 1-30 Statement of Rights and Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees: 1-30-030 Protection of Right of Peaceful Protest

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: May 26, 2020

    Because the rights of free speech and peaceable assembly are fundamental to the democratic process, Central Washington University supports rights of students and other members of the university community to express their views or peacefully protest against actions and opinions with which they may disagree. The unive... Read More
  • Central Washington University: Student Media Face Defunding Threat, Onerous Interview Practices

    December 10, 2019

    In November 2019, The Observer — Central Washington University’s student newspaper — published an editorial criticizing various departments at the university for requiring prior review of interview questions before allowing their employees to be interviewed by student media. On November 21, FIRE sent a letter to the university asking administrators to put a stop to… Read more

  • Central Washington University: Student Group Faces De-funding for Protected Expression

    February 27, 2008

    FIRE has successfully intervened to protect the rights of a student group at Central Washington University after the student government threatened to de-fund the groups for engaging in constitutionally protected expression. The College Republicans were investigated and faced possible loss of funding after they posted flyers promoting an on-campus speech by controversial illegal immigration opponent… Read more

  • After scandal, questions remain about Central Washington University’s new promise to support student media

    January 16, 2020

    It isn’t every day that public officials appear on video discussing how to get away with violating the First Amendment. But in December, that’s exactly what we saw happen at Central Washington University, where members of its Services and Activities Fee Committee openly discussed defunding student media in a video posted to YouTube. Thankfully, the… Read more

  • Central Washington leaders on video brainstorming how to censor newspaper, make it seem legal

    December 11, 2019

    Here’s some useful advice if you’re considering a future in government: If you find yourself in a public meeting discussing ways to violate the First Amendment without getting caught, you’re probably going to get caught.  It’s a lesson leaders at Central Washington University could have used a bit sooner. Recently, they were recorded criticizing coverage… Read more

  • More Campus Leaders Address Free Speech Following Election

    November 21, 2016

    For the past few months, we’ve been covering the statements campus leaders make about free speech at their colleges or universities. In the weeks following this month’s presidential election, campus leaders have addressed their students’ reactions to the results in various ways—some “good,” and others “bad” for freedom of expression. The Good Central Washington University… Read more

  • Greenwald to Central Washington Students: No Idea Beyond Challenge

    May 10, 2013

    Attorney and columnist Glenn Greenwald spoke earlier this week to students at Central Washington University (CWU), delivering a vital message about the importance of freedom of expression. The Daily Record reports that in a talk presented as part of CWU’s weeklong First Amendment Festival, Greenwald discussed messages and symbols students had added to a "free… Read more

  • Central Washington University Hosts First Amendment Festival

    May 6, 2013

    Liberty Sign – Shutterstock This week, Central Washington University will celebrate freedom of expression with presentations and interactive events open to the public. The line-up includes speeches by civil rights advocates, student reenactments of famous First Amendment cases, and a live musical performance at the end of the week. As The Daily Record reports, students and visitors… Read more

  • Twin Victories At Central Washington, Montclair State as First Amendment Trumps Student Government Censorship

    March 11, 2008

    FIRE is very pleased to announce two important victories for free expression this afternoon at Montclair State University and Central Washington University (CWU). At both Montclair State and CWU, student government was attempting to stifle the speech of organized student groups, a clear violation of the First Amendment. As Greg makes clear in today’s press… Read more

  • Twin Victories for Free Expression at Montclair State and Central Washington Universities

    March 11, 2008

    PHILADELPHIA, March 11, 2008—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has successfully intervened to protect the rights of student groups at New Jersey’s Montclair State University and Central Washington University (CWU) after student governments at both universities threatened to de-fund the groups for engaging in constitutionally protected expression. “These two cases—on opposite sides of… Read more