University of Nevada, Reno

Location: Reno, Nevada
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Nevada, Reno 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
  • Student Code of Conduct: Student Conduct Regulations and Policies

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    The following conduct is prohibited: … Verbal abuse, intimidation, coercion or bullying which is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive so as to interfere with or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the educational services, activities or opportunities offered by the univers... Read More
  • Residential Life: Student Handbook- Disorderly Conduct/Unacceptable Behavior

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    Any behavior or action, physical or verbal (including social media posts), in which the mode of expression, irrespective of its content or viewpoint, is lewd, obscene, or indecent, verbal abuse, intimidation, coercion or bullying which is sufficiently severe, persistent pervasive so as to interfere with or limit a s... Read More
  • Administrative Manual: Public Forum

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    This University has always created an environment for raising challenging questions and the discussion of significant issues. There is perhaps none more significant than the challenge and issue of free speech. A function of free speech is to invite debate which can result in unrest, anger, and dissatisfaction. It is... Read More
  • University of Nevada at Reno: Unconstitutional Free Speech Zone Policy

    March 21, 2006

    At the University of Nevada at Reno, the university’s policy designated only four small or remote areas on UNR’s campus as “‘public forum’ areas,” and explicitly deemed the rest of the campus a non-public forum. Student activists, working with FIRE and the ACLU of Nevada, protested this unconstitutional policy and proposed a new policy that… Read more

  • Public universities must resist pressure to discipline students for attending Charlottesville rally

    August 21, 2017

    Last weekend’s protests — and tragedy — in Charlottesville, Virginia, have left many grappling with the question of how to confront speech that offends their deepest-held values and beliefs. FIRE has always argued that the answer is to use one’s own expressive rights to counter ideas one finds offensive or harmful, rather than demanding reflexive… Read more

  • ‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ Urges Nevada Schools to Repeal Speech Codes

    January 27, 2014

    If the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) don’t get it, at least the Las Vegas Review-Journal does: UNLV and UNR, as public institutions, cannot maintain their broad and vague prohibitions on “offensive” or “disrespect[ful]” speech. The Review-Journal spoke with FIRE’s Samantha Harris for an editorial published yesterday explaining how the Nevada schools earned their “red… Read more

  • This Month in FIRE History: Speech Code Falls at Citrus College

    June 19, 2012

    Last week, United States District Judge Timothy S. Black held that the University of Cincinnati’s (UC’s) "free speech zone" policy "violates the First Amendment and cannot stand." This victory came after FIRE helped coordinate a federal lawsuit in cooperation with Ohio’s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law on behalf of UC’s chapter of Young Americans for… Read more

  • Free Speech Zones, Past and Present

    July 10, 2007

    In yesterday’s Campus Alert, FIRE’s weekly column in the New York Post, we discussed the disturbing prevalence of free speech zones at America’s public universities. Providing readers with a representative sample of schools that either currently maintain free speech zones or have done so in the past, we wrote: Onerous speech zones have been reported… Read more

  • ‘Speech Code of the Month’ in ‘The FIRE Quarterly’

    May 25, 2007

    As Torch readers know, each month, FIRE features a college or university with a particularly egregious speech code as its Speech Code of the Month. We use Speech Code of the Month to educate the public about the ever-present problem of speech codes on campus, but the feature also helps put public pressure on these… Read more

  • New Speech Code of the Month Website Feature

    April 13, 2007

    FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month program has been an important vehicle for change. Since June 2005, five universities—Albertson College of Idaho, the University of Nevada at Reno, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Jacksonville State University, and the University of Mississippi—have changed their policies after being named Speech Code of the Month. In addition, the… Read more

  • Students Have the Power to Effect Change

    June 29, 2006

    If FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program (IREP) had a motto, I think it would be “helping students help themselves.” The mission of IREP is to educate members of the university community about their rights, so that they can successfully stand up for those rights on campus. In recent months, several students have successfully overturned speech… Read more

  • Victory for Freedom of Speech: University of Nevada at Reno Abolishes ‘Free Speech Zones’

    June 28, 2006

    RENO, Nev., June 28, 2006—Students at the University of Nevada at Reno (UNR) are freer today, thanks to a new policy that designates the entire campus—save the interior of university buildings—as an “open public forum area.” “We are thrilled that UNR has taken such decisive action to protect its students’ free speech rights,” stated Greg… Read more

  • NKU Update: Mediation for Jacobsen

    May 25, 2006

    Remember Sally Jacobsen? As previously flagged by FIRE, Jacobsen is the recently retired Northern Kentucky University professor facing theft and criminal mischief charges for allegedly dismantling a campus anti-abortion display. Yesterday, as reported in the Cincinnati Post, a judge offered Jacobsen the opportunity to have her charges dismissed if she completes mediation with representatives from NKU, its… Read more

  • Free Speech Under Quarantine at University of Nevada, Reno

    April 26, 2006

    RENO, Nev., April 26, 2006—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is calling for the repeal of an unlawful and immoral “free speech zone” policy at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). This policy quarantines free speech at UNR to four zones covering only a small percentage of the campus and places onerous bureaucratic… Read more

  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2005

    December 29, 2005

    An outrageous number of colleges and universities severely restrict their students’ expressive rights—so many that researching and analyzing these restrictions is my full-time job. As 2005 draws to a close, I would like to highlight just a few of the particularly outrageous (but, sadly, quite common) restrictions that I found in the course of my… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Nevada at Reno

    August 24, 2005

    FIRE announces the Speech Code of the Month for September 2005: the University of Nevada at Reno. The University of Nevada at Reno is a public institution, legally bound to uphold the constitutional rights of its students. Yet the university maintains a blatantly unconstitutional speech code for its residence halls, prohibiting, among other things, “offensive… Read more