Radford University

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

Speech Code Rating

Radford 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.

At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Policy SA-ST-1300: Standards of Student Conduct- Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 26, 2016

    Behavior that is severe, pervasive, or persistent to a degree that a reasonable person similarly situated would be prevented from accessing University programs, activities, and/or resources. This behavior includes, but is not limited to, verbal abuse, coercion, bullying, and cyber-bullying.

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  • Policy GEN-PO-1002: Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 26, 2016

    2. 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, by any member of the campus community. Harassment does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents. Harassment violates this policy when it creates a hostile environment, as defined below.

    3. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex. It is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other conduct of a sexual nature including: verbal (e.g., specific demands for sexual favors, sexual innuendoes, sexually suggestive comments, jokes of a sexual nature, sexual propositions, or sexual threats); non-verbal (e.g., sexually suggestive emails, other writings, articles or documents, objects or pictures, graphic commentaries, suggestive or insulting sounds or gestures, leering, whistling, or obscene gestures); or physical (e.g., touching, pinching, brushing the body, any unwelcome or coerced sexual activity, including sexual assault). Sexual harassment, including sexual assault, can involve persons of the same or different sexes. Sexual harassment may also include sex-based harassment directed toward stereotypical notions of what is female/feminine v. male/masculine or a failure to conform to those gender stereotypes.

    This policy prohibits the following types of sexual harassment:

    b. Hostile environment. Acts that create a hostile environment, as defined below.

    Hostile environment may be created by oral, written, graphic or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs, services, opportunities, or activities or the individual’s employment access, benefits or opportunities. Mere subjective offensiveness is not enough to create a hostile environment. In determining whether conduct is severe, persistent or pervasive, and thus creates a hostile environment, the following factors will be considered: (a) the degree to which the conduct affected one or more individuals’ education or employment; (b) the nature, scope, frequency, duration, and location of the incident(s); (c) the identity, number, and relationships of persons involved; (d) the perspective of a “reasonable person” in the same situation as the person subjected to the conduct, and (e) the nature of higher education.

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  • Policy SA-ST-1300: Standards of Student Conduct- Online Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 26, 2016

    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. Students must also be aware that information posted to blogs, webpages, social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, or other online postings are in the public sphere and are not private. These postings can subject a student to allegations of Standards violations, if information supporting the existence of a Standards violation is posted online. Posting of indecent behavior (defined at Section 5.D.28.) on social media or using social media to bully another person is online misconduct. Transmitting images of indecent behavior or bullying via electronic media (e.g. email, text) is also online misconduct.

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Green Light Policies
  • Policy SA-ST-1300: Standards of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: January 26, 2016

    Radford University (University) is committed to fostering an environment that is; safe and secure; inclusive; and conducive to academic inquiry, free expression, student engagement, and student success.

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  • Policy SA-PO-1301: Free Expression Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: January 26, 2016

    Radford University affiliated individuals and groups are strongly encouraged to provide 24 hour advance notification to the Radford University Information and Event Planning Office prior to any demonstration or similar expressive activity on the Radford University campus. Participants of any spontaneous demonstration or similar expressive activity are strongly encouraged to notify the Radford University Information and Event Planning Office immediately upon its commencement.

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  • Policy SA-PO-1302: Posting, Chalking, and Distribution of Informational Materials

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: January 26, 2016

    Flyers may be posted on any of the general use bulletin boards. No approval is required.

    The non-disruptive distribution of flyers, giveaways, or other literature or informational materials is allowed in public areas of campus.

    Radford University does not permit the posting or distribution of informational materials that are unlawful or otherwise prohibited by law. Such informational materials include, but are not limited to, defamation, incitement to unlawful conduct, imminent threats of actual violence or harm, obscenity, fighting words, copyright or trademark violation, criminal or civil harassment, sexual harassment, trespass, and false advertising, or depictions that promote or encourage illegal activity.

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  • Acceptable Use Policy for University Computers and Information Technology Systems

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 26, 2016

    Users must not use University systems to defame, harass, or intimidate any person or group of persons.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.