University of Montana Western

Location: Dillon, Montana
Type: Public
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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
  • Campus Policy Manual: 101.4 Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy [INTERIM]- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 16, 2021

    Discriminatory Harassment is unwanted conduct that is: (a) 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, gender, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disa... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Harassment, Hazing, and Bystanding

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 16, 2021

    Harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome verbal, psychological, graphic and/or written abuse directed at another, beyond a reasonable expression of opinion. a. Cyberbullying is repeated and/or severe aggressive electronic communications that are direct at another person or are intended to intimidate, harm... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Assault and Harm to Persons

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: March 16, 2021

    Threatening and Intimidating Behaviors: a. A threat is defined as written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable expectation of injury to the health or safety of any person or damage to any property. b. Intimidation is defined as implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm in another. Read More
  • Campus Policy Manual: 500.1 Acceptable Use

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: March 16, 2021

    Use of the UMW Network for purposes which may be interpreted as harassment or intimidation is prohibited. Read More
  • Campus Policy Manual: 100.7 Sign Posting

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 16, 2021

    There are three types of designated bulletin boards, with signs indicating the designated use. Departmental bulletin boards are for a specific department’s use only. Campus bulletin boards are limited to use by campus groups. Public bulletin boards are provided for any non-campus advertising. Posting of signs or a... Read More
  • Title IX Brochure

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 16, 2021

    Sexual misconduct may include: … • Unwelcome sexual remarks about clothing, body, sex or sexual orientation. • Offensive sexual questions, jokes and stories. • Display of sexually offensive posters, pictures, words or messages. Read More
  • Campus Policy Manual: 101.4 Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy [INTERIM]- Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 16, 2021

    Sexual Harassment is conduct that: (1) occurs within a University Program or Activity located in the United States; (2) affects an individual participating or attempting to participate in a University Program or Activity at the time the Formal Complaint is filed; (3) is based on sex, gender identity, gender expressi... Read More
  • 2020-2021 Catalog: Student Code of Conduct- General Behavior Code for Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 16, 2021

    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 com... Read More
  • Campus Policy Manual: 200.4 Student Academic Freedom

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 16, 2021

    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 ... Read More
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  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Montana Western

    December 4, 2018

    The debate about “civility” in public expression has raged on over the past year. When several Trump administration officials were heckled at D.C. area restaurants in June, some commentators condemned the hecklers for their “incivility,” while others thought this condemnation wrongly discouraged protest. That same month, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters called on her supporters to… Read more