Christopher Newport University

Location: Newport News, Virginia
Type: Public

Speech Code Rating

Christopher Newport 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

This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech.
  • Student Handbook: Social Events and Functions- Major Activities

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 20, 2021

    Major activities should be scheduled at least twelve (12) weeks prior to the event date to allow adequate time for planning and preparations. Major activities include; but are not limited to; events that involve alcohol, require security, or are open to the entire campus community and/or public. Final approval of an... Read More
  • Residence Life Handbook: Advertising and Solicitation, Decorating, Posting

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 20, 2021

    ADVERTISING AND SOLICITATION (ALSO SEE POSTING) Bulletin boards are provided in hallways and common areas to keep residents informed of Residence Life and University activities. Residents may post information in approved posting areas on their floor. Posting on other floors, in the lobby, and throughout the building... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Abusive Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 28, 2021

    Abusive, Disorderly or Obscene Conduct Abusive Conduct is defined as actions against one’s self or others that cause physical injury, intimidate, harass, threaten, or otherwise interfere with another person’s rightful actions. This includes but is not limited to, verbal abuse, abuse via electronic means ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Obscene Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 20, 2021

    Obscene Conduct is defined as conduct or expression that is lewd or indecent that is not constitutionally protected speech. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Advertising & Posting

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 28, 2021

    The Office of Student Activities offers advertising and posting resources to recognized student organizations. Advertising and posting guidelines are established to aid in the distribution of information throughout campus. Advertising and Postings that violate these guidelines may result in the removal of the violat... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 21, 2021

    All outdoor spaces are available to students for expressive activities subject to the conditions established by this policy and any other reasonable time, place and manner restrictions as might be deemed necessary by the University. Such use of outdoor areas should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, if po... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Acceptable Use of Computing Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 21, 2021

    University communication and computing resources are intended to support the educational, research and public service missions of the University. All acceptable use of these resources must be in accordance with the University Honor Code, with the policies outlined in this Student Handbook as well as with relevant... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation Policy and Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 28, 2021

    Harassment is a form of discrimination in which unwelcome verbal, written, or physical conduct is directed toward an individual on the basis of his or her protected characteristics or statuses (race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, poli... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Title IX Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 21, 2021

    Title IX Sexual Harassment is conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … Hostile Environment is unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that is effectively denies a person equal access to CNU’s education pro... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Basic Rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 21, 2021

    Free inquiry, expression, and assembly are guaranteed to all students. This expression is subject to the limitations of this document and other University regulations and policies, which are consistent with the provisions of the Constitutions and laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Christopher Newport University releases “University Statement on Free Speech and Expression”

    December 5, 2018

    After gathering input from the campus community through discussion sessions and comment solicitation, Christopher Newport University has adopted its “University Statement on Free Speech and Expression.” The statement, which echoes the core values of the “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression” at the University of Chicago (better known as the “Chicago Statement”), will… Read more

  • Victory for Free Speech: Christopher Newport University Revises Demonstration Policy

    September 26, 2012

    Last week, Christopher Newport University (CNU) censored student speech by preventing a student group, the Feminist Alliance, from protesting a campus appearance by Vice Presidential candidate Representative Paul Ryan. (Another group, the Gay-Straight Student Union, canceled its protest shortly thereafter.) Yesterday, in a welcome development, CNU President Paul Trible admitted his institution’s error and announced… Read more

  • FIRE Asks Christopher Newport University to Respect Student Protest, Repeal Free Speech Zone

    September 25, 2012

    In a letter sent yesterday, FIRE asked Christopher Newport University (CNU) President Paul Trible to immediately rescind restrictions on student demonstrations that prevented student groups from protesting a speech by Vice Presidential candidate Representative Paul Ryan last week. CNU’s indefensible decision silenced core political speech on a public university campus during election season—a deeply disappointing… Read more

  • Democracy on a Ten-Day Delay?

    September 24, 2012

    As the presidential election season accelerates rapidly both on and off campus, yet another story provides ample evidence of the folly of over-regulating student speech. Last Tuesday, Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan visited the public Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Virginia to deliver an address. In the midst of a contentious campaign, one would think… Read more