University of Montana – Western

Location: Dillon, Montana
Website: http://www.umwestern.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Montana – Western 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 Code of Conduct: Statement of Responsibility 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 24, 2014

    All members of the campus community have the personal responsibility to promote an atmosphere of civility in which the free exchange of ideas and opinions can flourish. We do so by learning from individual and collective differences and respecting every person.

    It should consistently be remembered that all Montana Western employees and students are working under the following set of standards for the betterment of the University, its employees, and its students. It is the responsibility of each of us to live up to these standards. All of the expectations below apply to face-to-face as well as virtual interactions. … While discussions may become heated and passionate, they should never become mean, nasty or vindictive in spoken or printed or emailed words, facial expressions, or gestures ….

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  • Campus Policy Manual: Acceptable Use 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 24, 2014

    Use of the UMW Network for purposes which may be interpreted as harassment or intimidation is prohibited.

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  • Campus Policy Manual: Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Retaliation 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 30, 2015

    Harassment is covered under this policy if it is based upon an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Harassing conduct may take various forms, including, name-calling, graphic, spoken or written statements (including the use of cell phones, landlines, or the Internet), or other conduct that may be physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating. Harassment does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents. Sex-based harassment includes sexual harassment, which is further defined below, and non-sexual harassment based on stereotypical notions of what is female/feminine v. male/masculine or a failure to conform to those gender stereotypes.

    Harassment violates this policy when it creates a hostile environment….

    Sexual Harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors,
    or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual assault.

    A Hostile Environment based on race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services, veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation exists when harassment:

    • is sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, pervasive, or persistent) and objectively offensive so as to deny or limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s programs, services, opportunities, or activities ; or
    • when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment. Harassment that creates a hostile environment (“hostile environment harassment”) violates this policy.

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Green Light Policies
  • Campus Policy Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 24, 2014

    The University of Montana Western recognizes that its students retain the rights provided by the United States and Montana Constitutions, Federal and State statutes, and other applicable University policy, while attending UMW.

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  • Student Handbook: General Behavior Code- Standards of Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 24, 2014

    When a student, with the intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy, bully, or offend, (a) causes bodily injury to another, (b) causes reasonable apprehension of bodily injury in another, (c) damages, destroys, or defaces any property of another or any public property, or (d) makes repeated telephone communications anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours or in offensively coarse language.

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  • Campus Policy Manual: Student Academic Freedom 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 24, 2014

    Fundamental to our entire philosophy is the firm belief that rights guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States must be protected on the campus as elsewhere and that local, state, and federal laws must prevail on campus. Becoming a member of the University community in no way abrogates or compromises the rights that the Constitution of the United States guarantees to all persons. This principle applies to the adjudication of violations of campus policies as well as other areas.

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  • Feds distance themselves from college campus speech restrictions

    November 24, 2013

    By Gabriella Morrongiello at Red Alert Politics Free speech and due process guaranteed by the First and Fifth Amendments remains intact on college campuses as federal officials have backed away from implementing the “blueprint” for campus speech restrictions issued by the Departments of Education (DOE) and Justice (DOJ) in May. The guidelines on campus speech restrictions were developed after the DOE and DOJ carried out a joint investigation into allegations of sexual assault that occurred at the University of Montana. “The investigation found that six football players were accused of aiding, attempting or committing sexual assault from spring 2009 to spring […]

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