Texas Woman’s University

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

Speech Code Rating

Texas Woman’s University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Life Office: Title IX

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 16, 2015

    Sexual harassment may include any unwelcome sexual advance or request for sexual favor, made by an employee, student, or agent of the University to a student or employee of the University, that substantially interferes with the person’s educational or work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

    Examples include:

    • Unwelcome or uninvited sexual comments or innuendo
    • Oral, written, or electronic communications that are sexually explicit in nature
    • Sexually explicit questions, jokes, or anecdotes about gender specific traits
    • Sexually suggestive sounds, gestures, gifts, or visual materials such as magazines, pictures, posters, photos, cartoons, or drawings
    • Direct or indirect threats concerning sexual favors or retaliation because of the refusal to consent to sexual favors
    • Sexual leering, uninvited touching, stroking, or gestures
    • Communication of unsought sexual propositions, requests for dates or lewd remarks or sounds
    • Coerced sexual intercourse
    • Sexual assault or abuse

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Residence Life Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: June 16, 2015

    Primary rights of the hall resident include: … the right to be free from fear, intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm. … Any violation of these rights is subject to review and action by the Residence Life Conduct Review Board or Area Manager, Residence Director, Hall Director, or both; the violation may be referred to the University Student Conduct Board for further action.

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  • Student Handbook: Free Speech Areas

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: June 16, 2015

    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. … 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: June 16, 2015

    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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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 16, 2015

    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.

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  • Student Handbook: Distribution of Printed Material

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 16, 2015

    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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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: June 16, 2015

    Bullying—aggression that intends to harm, occurs repeatedly, including by electronic means.

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  • University Policy Manual: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 16, 2015

    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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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 16, 2015

    Sexual harassment is: • unwelcome, sexual or gender-based verbal, written or physical conduct that is, • sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it, • has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying or limiting education or employment opportunities or the ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational, social and/or residential program, and is • based on power differentials (quid pro quo), or the creation of a hostile environment or retaliation.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 16, 2015

    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 Constitution. The exercise and preservation of these freedoms and rights require a respect for the rights of all people in the community to enjoy them to the same extent.

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