Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit
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.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
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.
Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
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.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
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.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Old Dominion University will at all times defend the right of free expression, including the right of free assembly.