The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Location: Wise, Virginia
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 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
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: October 8, 2014

    For student conduct which is outside the jurisdiction of the Honor Court but which tends to discredit or injure the College, the Chancellor is authorized by the President of the University of Virginia to impose such penalty as he/she may deem appropriate, including expulsion from the College.

    Generally, prohibited conduct for which a student is subject to discipline is defined as, but not limited to, the following: … Conduct that is detrimental to the College or conduct that reflects negatively on the College community.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 8, 2014

    Physical and/or emotional abuse of any person on College-owned or controlled property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions, or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Misconduct/Harassment (Title IX) 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 8, 2014

    Sexual Harassment: conduct, including physical contact, advances, and comments in person and/or via phone, text message, email, or other electronic medium, that is (1) unwelcome; (2) based on sex or gender-based stereotypes; and (3) is so severe or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with a person’s academic performance or equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from College programs or activities.

    Sexual harassment produces a hostile environment and may include, depending upon the facts:

    • persistent and unwelcome efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship
    • persistent and unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities, including telling lies or spreading rumors about a person’s sex life
    • threats to engage in the commission of a sexual act with another person
    • stalking or cyberstalking
    • engaging in indecent exposure
    • acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature, including but not limited to:
      • name-calling whistling or making cat calls
      • gestures with hands or through other body movements
      • touching a person’s clothing, hair or body such as massaging, hugging, kissing, groping, pinching, stroking, squeezing, licking, fondling, etc.
    • telling sexual jokes or stories
    • asking personal questions about sex life, fantasies, preferences, or history
    • turning work/class discussions to sexual topics
    • paying unwanted attention to someone, such as staring, following, blocking a person’s path, etc.
    • displaying sexually suggestive visuals such as drawings, pornography, screen savers, calendars, cartoons, etc.

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  • Housing Agreement 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: November 19, 2014

    All exterior door and window decorations, other than message boards, that are visible from outside must be approved by the [Director of Housing & Residence Life].

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: October 8, 2014

    The College 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. It is committed to preserving the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution.

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  • College Network Resources and the Internet 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: November 20, 2014

    Access to the network is a privilege that may be revoked at any time for abusive conduct.

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  • Schools struggle with dark writings

    May 20, 2008

    When Steven Barber turned in a short story this semester for his creative-writing class at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, his instructor was alarmed. The 23-year-old student had produced an imagined account of someone on the edge of a violent breakdown, touching on suicide and murder. “It had to be acted on immediately,” says Christopher Scalia, the instructor. He alerted administrators, who reacted swiftly, searching Mr. Barber’s dorm room and car. Upon discovering three guns, they had him committed to a psychiatric institution for a weekend. Then they expelled him. Yet the psychiatrists who evaluated Mr. Barber during […]

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