University of North Carolina – Wilmington

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of North Carolina – Wilmington has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more
  • Code of Student Life: Freedom and Responsibility in the University Community

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 20, 2019

    The University of North Carolina is dedicated to the transmission and advancement of knowledge and understanding. Academic freedom is essential to the achievement of these purposes. The University therefore supports and encourages freedom of inquiry for faculty members and students, to the end that they may responsi... Read More
  • Code of Student Life: Student Conduct and Appeals- Offenses

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 20, 2019

    In determining whether student conduct violates these provisions, all relevant facts and circumstances shall be considered. Care must be exercised in order to preserve freedoms of speech and expression, as articulated in current legal standards. a. No student shall threaten, coerce, harass or intimidate another pers... Read More
  • Code of Student Life: Seahawk Respect Compact

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 20, 2019

    As members of the UNCW student body, staff, faculty, and administration, we aspire to the following: … In the pursuit of excellence, UNC Wilmington actively fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance, and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. Read More
  • Code of Student Life: Student Conduct and Appeals- Offenses

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 20, 2019

    Discriminates against another student through hostile environment harassment of a biased or prejudiced nature related to one’s personal characteristics, such as race, color, national origin, sex, religion, handicap, age or sexual orientation. Read More
  • Code of Student Life: Student Gender Based/Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 20, 2019

    Sexual harassment is a form of sexual misconduct and is defined as any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It may include, but is not limited to: i. unwelcome sexual advances; ii. requests for sexual favors; and/or iii. other verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may occur i... Read More
  • Code of Student Life: Unlawful Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 20, 2019

    3. Unlawful harassment is a form of discrimination and can consist of: … b. Hostile environment harassment, which consists of unwelcome conduct based on a protected characteristic when: i. Such conduct is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive as to unreasonably interfere with an individual’s work, ac... Read More
  • Code of Student Life: Use of University Facilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 20, 2019

    Any peaceful assembly, protest or demonstration organized or sponsored by a RSO where 50 or more people are expected to participate, or where amplified sound will be used, must be registered with the Office of the Dean of Students prior to the event. Whenever possible, at least 48 hours lead time should be given to ... Read More
  • REPORT: North Carolina is home to some of America’s best colleges for free speech

    September 24, 2018

    Eight colleges in North Carolina earn FIRE’s highest rating for free speech — more than in any other state — but 17 still maintain policies that substantially restrict student expression. PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 24, 2018 — A new report finds that North Carolina’s colleges and universities lead the way nationally for protecting student free speech. The… Read more

  • UNC Wilmington, Appalachian State earn FIRE’s highest rating for free speech

    August 29, 2017

    PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Aug. 29, 2017 — The University of North Carolina Wilmington and Appalachian State University have both earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s highest, “green light” rating for protecting student and faculty free speech, a distinction held by only 35 institutions nationwide. With eight institutions earning FIRE’s top rating, North Carolina leads the country… Read more

  • On Free Speech, Double Standards, and Professor Mike Adams

    December 2, 2016

    Mike Adams, a professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), is no stranger to controversy. In 2014, Adams won a First Amendment lawsuit alleging that UNCW retaliated against him for his public expression of conservative views. Now, Adams once again finds himself at the center of a debate over the boundaries of free… Read more

  • Free Speech Advocates Urge Consistency in Protecting Speech

    August 14, 2014

    Adam Kissel, formerly of FIRE, took to Minding the Campus on Tuesday to remind readers of why advocates for free speech should be concerned that Professor Steven Salaita had his employment offer rescinded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) following controversy over his tweets about Israel. Those who refuse to defend Salaita’s right to share these tweets, Kissel argues, will have a hard time defending the public speech of any other faculty member who voices opinions that others find offensive.

  • UNC Wilmington Drops Appeal, Settles with Professor in First Amendment Case

    July 16, 2014

    After seven years, the legal battle between the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC Wilmington) and Professor Mike Adams has finally come to an end. Back in 2007, Adams sued UNC Wilmington, alleging that it retaliated against him for political viewpoints he had expressed in columns written for non-university publications. With a key federal appellate court win in 2011 and a jury verdict in his favor earlier this year, Adams has had an impressive run—and UNC Wilmington is smart to settle with the professor at last.

  • Supreme Court Takes Positive Step for Public Employee Speech in ‘Lane v. Franks’

    June 23, 2014

    Last Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Lane v. Franks (PDF), holding that a public employee’s in-court testimony about official corruption was protected by the First Amendment.

  • UNC Wilmington Hit With $700,000 Legal Bill for Violating Professor’s Speech Rights

    June 11, 2014

    The protracted legal battle between the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC Wilmington) and professor Mike Adams can be fairly characterized as a series of failures by the university to cut its losses and own up to its mistakes. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled against the university in… Read more

  • UNC Wilmington Appeals Free Speech Case After Repeated Losses in Court, Hundreds of Thousands of Taxpayers’ Dollars

    May 22, 2014

    Outside observers could easily be forgiven for assuming that things were wrapping up in University of North Carolina Wilmington Professor Mike Adams’ lawsuit against the school. As Torch readers will remember, Adams sued his employer for denying him a promotion in part because of political viewpoints he had expressed in columns written for non-university publications…. Read more

  • Judge Orders UNC Wilmington to Promote Mike Adams, Awards Back Pay

    April 8, 2014

    This afternoon, a federal judge brought Professor Mike Adams’ lawsuit one step closer to conclusion when he issued a judgment in the wake of the jury’s verdict that the University of North Carolina Wilmington unconstitutionally denied Adams a promotion to full professor on the basis of his protected speech.

  • Greg and Ari on the Significance of Mike Adams’ Lawsuit Victory for ‘Minding the Campus’

    April 1, 2014

    FIRE President Greg Lukianoff and I have written a piece for Minding the Campus explaining the importance a federal jury’s March 20 verdict in favor of Dr. Mike Adams, who sued the University of North Carolina Wilmington for allegedly denying his promotion to full professor because of his outspoken conservative views.

  • Victory for Free Speech: UNC Wilmington Professor Wins in Court

    March 21, 2014

    University of North Carolina Wilmington Professor Mike Adams won a significant victory for free speech in federal court yesterday when a jury found that UNC Wilmington had retaliated against him in violation of his First Amendment rights.

  • UNC Wilmington Professor’s Day in Court Finally Arrives

    March 17, 2014

    Today, University of North Carolina Wilmington Professor Mike Adams heads to federal court to begin a trial that will determine whether his university retaliated against him for expressing his religious and political beliefs in columns, books, and radio and television interviews for non-university outlets.

  • Nearly Six Years After Filing, UNC-Wilmington Professor’s First Amendment Lawsuit Heads to Trial

    March 26, 2013

    In April 2007, Professor Mike Adams of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington filed a federal lawsuit against his institution, alleging that he had been denied promotion in part due to political viewpoints he had expressed in columns written for non-university publications. Nearly six years and one successful appeal to the United States Court of Appeals… Read more

  • Landmark Fourth Circuit Ruling Protects Faculty Speech

    April 7, 2011

    In a victory for freedom of expression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit yesterday issued a landmark defense of First Amendment rights for faculty at public colleges and universities. The Fourth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s ruling in part, holding that the lower court had improperly dismissed First Amendment claims… Read more

  • NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ on Two FIRE Cases about Christian Professors

    August 16, 2010

    National Public Radio’s All Things Considered discussed a couple of FIRE cases earlier this month. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, reporting for the show, covered a poll of 1,700 university scientists at "elite universities" which found that many of them say they self-censor when it comes to talking about their religion: Contrary to the stereotype that most scientists… Read more

  • A Disheartening Account of Censorship at UNC-Wilmington

    July 22, 2009

    Janet Mason Ellerby, a Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), who until recently also served as interim director of UNCW’s Women’s Studies and Resource Center, has written an interesting article for Inside Higher Ed detailing her frustrations with the administrative censorship she witnessed as interim director. Ellerby’s article centers… Read more

  • UNC Rejects the Heckler’s Veto

    April 24, 2009

    The First Amendment scored a victory this week at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill when UNC removed and arrested six hecklers who disrupted a campus speech by former Virginia congressman and illegal immigration opponent Virgil Goode. Goode was invited to speak on campus by a group called Youth for Western Civilization. Problems with disruptive… Read more

  • The Latest on the Mike Adams Case

    September 28, 2006

    As reported earlier on The Torch, conservative activist and UNC-Wilmington professor Mike Adams was recently denied promotion to full professor without an explanation. After seeking a written rationale (and being promised one), Mike recently received a memo informing him that no written explanation will be issued. In it, Department Chair Kimberly Cook stated: I am… Read more

  • David French on Mike Adams

    September 19, 2006

    Check out David’s take over at Phi Beta Cons on UNC Wilmington’s decision not to promote Professor Mike Adams.

  • Mike Adams Denied Promotion at UNC-Wilmington

    September 15, 2006

    University professor and conservative rabble-rouser Mike Adams was officially denied promotion to full professor today at UNC-Wilmington. Loyal Torch readers are familiar with Adams as he has written dozens of articles on FIRE-related issues over the years. FIRE first became acquainted with Adams back in 2001 when UNC-W decided to invade his private e-mails due… Read more

  • Liberty in the Balance in North Carolina

    February 1, 2006

    The number of battles FIRE has had to fight in North Carolina is staggering. Even before our recent (and victorious) headline-grabbing case at UNC Greensboro, we have defended embattled professors at UNC Wilmington, Shaw University, Forsyth Technical Community College, and Duke University; two Christian groups at UNC Chapel Hill; a student newspaper under attack at… Read more

  • UNC Greensboro Caves on ‘Speech Zone’ Punishment

    January 17, 2006

    Once again proving FIRE’s belief that universities cannot defend in public what they do in private, UNC Greensboro has dropped all charges against the students who protested the university’s “free speech zone.” As we note in today’s press release: This resounding victory for free speech came just days after FIRE and the Pope Center for… Read more

  • Report Exposes Extensive Constitutional Violations in University of North Carolina System

    January 10, 2006

    RALEIGH, N.C., January 10, 2006—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy released their Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report explains precisely what the First Amendment obligations of the UNC System schools are—and… Read more

  • The State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System

    January 10, 2006

    A Joint Report of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Executive Summary If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or… Read more

  • UNC Restores Tradition of Holiday Travesties

    December 15, 2005

    The holiday season is upon us again. Christmas trees, menorahs, and lights festoon homes and streets. Shoppers drive around mall parking lots in a desperate search through a sea of cars for a parking space. Holiday specials take to the airwaves. Americans numbering in the millions travel to visit far-away family members. And some students… Read more

  • Please Don’t Hit Me With That—Keyboard?

    June 21, 2005

    This week’s Chronicle of Higher Education contains a special section on information technology that carries an article (subscription required) by UNC-Wilmington professors Jennifer Summerville and John C. Fischetti on the problem of “cyberbullying” in online classes. Having myself been the witness, and occasionally the victim, of a significant amount of good old-fashioned “meatspace” bullying back… Read more

  • UNC Wilmington, Without Shame, Invades Professor’s Privacy and Chills Everyone’s Free Speech

    December 19, 2001

    WILMINGTON, N.C.—In October, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC-W) ordered the opening and examination of the private letters of a UNC-W professor’s email account. It is a remarkable story of abusive authority and hypocrisy. Four days after the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, a student sent the professor, and… Read more