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, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Retaliation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 27, 2018

    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 in... Read More
  • Campus Policy Manual: 500.1 Acceptable Use

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: November 27, 2018

    Use of the UMW Network for purposes which may be interpreted as harassment or intimidation is prohibited. Read More
  • Campus Policy Manual: 101 Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: November 27, 2018

    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. Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: General Behavior Code for Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 27, 2018

    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: November 27, 2018

    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