Texas Woman’s University

Location: Denton, Texas
Website: http://www.twu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Texas Woman’s 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 has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Free Speech Areas

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2017

    Designated free speech areas are available to TWU students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The designated areas may be used for, but are not limited to, the expression of personal politics, philosophy, religious viewpoints, surveys, or announcements. …

    In order to provide an area that will support the climate and conditions for teaching, research, and community service, the University has designated the following free speech areas:

    Denton

    • Area between Student Union and ACT
    • Grassy area between Library and Institutional Development
    • Grassy area behind Library by the footbridge
    • Grassy area south of the Fine Arts Building on the corner of Texas and Oakland
    • Student Union Patio (only area to allow amplified sound on Denton Campus)

    Houston

    • Sidewalk between West entrance stairwell and loading dock on Old Main Street

    Dallas

    • Sidewalk area between Parking Garage and Main Entrance.

    Other areas on all campuses may also be utilized by departments or organizations for similar activities; however, reservations are required.

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  • Student Handbook: Statement of Community Respect

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 6, 2017

    The pursuit of community respect requires tolerance of intellectual positions and the expression of ideas that are different from, and contrary to, one’s own beliefs and values. The TWU community expects that the expression of these ideas will be exercised in ways that are consistent with norms of civility toward all people and that demonstrate respect for the cultural traditions of the diverse racial, religious, ethnic and national groups that comprise the University community.

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  • University Policy Manual: 3.05 Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2017

    Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s professional or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, education, or student living environment.

    Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not so subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include, but are not limited to: unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendo; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; leering, catcalls or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display or circulation in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures (including through e-mail or other electronic means); and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2017

    Bullying and Cyber-bullying: Persistent pressure or aggression that is intended to harm or intimidate. Cyberbullying is aggression that intends to harm or intimidate, occurs repeatedly, including by electronic means including social media, cell phone and texting, and email.

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  • Student Handbook: Distribution of Information & Printed Materials

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2017

    All persons and organizations, both those officially and those not officially connected with the university, may come upon university property for effecting the distribution of announcements, notices, pictures, advertisements, or publications only after giving notice to the Center for Student Development of the time, place, and manner of such distribution and by filing a copy of the material to be distributed with the Center for Student Development at least one day prior to the time of distribution.

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  • Residence Life Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 6, 2017

    The student further holds the right to be free from fear, intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2017

    Violations of the Code of Conduct fall into the following categories:
    […]
    Verbal, physical, or psychological abuse, including detention or threat of bodily harm to self or another person or persons in the university community.

    […]

    Harassment: Aggressive, persistent pressure or intimidation

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Statement of Purpose

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 6, 2017

    Texas Woman’s University is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression and freedom of the individual are sustained. TWU is committed to preserving the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the United States Constitution.

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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.