Old Dominion University

Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Website: http://www.odu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Old Dominion 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Code of Student Conduct: Online Misconduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: November 25, 2014

    Students are cautioned that they can be subject to the student conduct system for behavior occurring online, such as harassment delivered by email, or acts of bullying or discrimination posted in video form or on gossip sites accessed through University computing resources.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Publicizing Events 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: November 25, 2014

    All individuals and organizations posting notices are expected to design and display their materials in a manner respectful of the diverse beliefs, opinions and attitudes that exist in an institution of higher learning.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Scheduling Outdoor Space 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: November 26, 2014

    The following outdoor areas are available for reservations through LSI Event Management: Kaufman Mall, Whitehurst Beach, Williamsburg Lawn, Bolling Square, and the Peace Garden. The Runte Quad and Powhatan Pavilion is reserved through Housing and Residence Life. The SRC Field and Whitehurst Field is reserved through Recreation and Wellness.

    a. Sound amplification in outdoor areas is restricted to Activity Hour (12:30-1:30 PM) Tuesdays and Thursdays or after 4 PM on Friday.

    b. Students or University-affiliated organizations can reserve these outdoor areas for Free Speech purposes.

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  • University Policies: Sexual Harassment Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 25, 2014

    Sexual harassment- Unwelcome and unsolicited conduct of a sexual nature, physical or verbal, by a member of the University community when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with such person’s work or academic performance or participation in extracurricular activities by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

    A variety of sexual conduct directed at another University community member may be considered sexual harassment, including, but not limited to:

    a. Comments of a sexual nature including sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes;
    b. Remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s body or clothing, whistling in a suggestive manner, obscene gestures;
    c. Uninvited physical contact or touching such as pinching or intentional brushing against the body; and
    d. Solicitation of sexual favors through implicit or explicit promises of workplace or academic rewards or threats of punishment.

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  • Housing and Residence Life Policies & Procedures: On-campus Living Expectations 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: November 26, 2014

    Old Dominion University has some basic expectations that govern the special nature of interpersonal relationships in community living on campus. Below is a list of reasonable expectations which students should have for one another while sharing space in campus housing: … to feel secure against physical or emotional harm. … Violating these expectations of other students may result in conduct actions pursuant to specific policies, in addition to reassignment, or being removed from on campus housing.

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Green Light Policies
  • Old Dominion Frat Suspended for Crude Signs

    August 25, 2015

    By Blake Neff at The Daily Caller A fraternity at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia that caused consternation for its connection with lewd signs has been suspended pending an investigation. As parents drove up to the school to drop their children off for orientation last weekend, signs hung from the balcony of an off-campus house with phrases such as “Freshman daughter drop-off” and “Go ahead and drop off your mom, too.” The house isn’t university-owned, but it houses numerous members of the fraternity Sigma Nu and is associated with the house. Sigma Nu national director Brad Beachum has said […]

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  • Maybe a Lawsuit Will Stop Old Dominion’s Tyrant from Punishing Student Speech

    August 25, 2015

    By Greg Piper at The College Fix The University of Oklahoma and Old Dominion University have much in common: They are public universities with presidents who think they can legally punish students for their peaceful speech. OK, maybe they don’t have much in common, but those similarities speak volumes about the condition of the First Amendment at taxpayer-funded institutions. You’ve probably seen the banners hanging from an off-campus house near Old Dominion, encouraging parents to drop off their freshman daughters (and Mom) there. Suggestive? Of course. Cheeky? Undoubtedly. (A few moms probably appreciated the come-on directed at them.) Crude? Arguably. Saying out loud […]

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  • Public Universities Threaten Students Over Controversial Off-Campus Banners

    August 25, 2015

    Public universities must tolerate students’ off-campus speech even when it offends some, or most, of the student body. Recent incidents at Old Dominion University (ODU) and The Ohio State University (OSU) serve as reminders that this is not always what happens. At both universities, students adorned their off-campus residences with signs offering a less than wholesome welcome to new and returning students. The banners at ODU read, “Rowdy and fun – Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time,” “Freshman daughter drop off,” and “Go ahead and drop mom off too.” Signs at an OSU apartment, which were […]

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