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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Standards of Student Conduct: Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    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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  • Office of Diversity and Equity: Title IX 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    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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  • Standards of Student Conduct: Online Misconduct 14-15

    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. 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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  • Student Organization Handbook: Posting Guidelines 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies

    Printed materials created for public posting, (i.e. flyers, banners), by recognized clubs/organizations and university departments, must be reviewed by the Department of Student Activities before displaying the material.

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Green Light Policies
  • Standards of Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Radford University is a community of scholars and learners in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, thought, expression, and the individual are sustained.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Free Expression Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    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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  • Acceptable Use Policy for University Computers and Information Technology Systems 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

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

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