University of Richmond

Location: University of Richmond, Virginia
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

University of Richmond 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
  • Bias Incident Protocol

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 27, 2018

    Bias Incident: defined as acts that do not appear to constitute a crime or actionable discrimination, but which may intimidate, mock, degrade, or threaten, individuals or groups and which one could reasonably conclude targets a member or group within the University community because of that individual or group’... Read More
  • Information Services Policies: Regarding the Use of Technology and Information Resources

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2018

    Members of the University of Richmond community may not: …  Use computing or network resources to harass, threaten, or otherwise cause harm to others. … Certain types of e-mail and uses of e-mail or other forms of electronic communications are prohibited; these include chain letters, obscene messages, ha... Read More
  • Policy on Preventing and Responding to Discrimination Against Students

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    Harassment is unwelcome conduct directed against an individual based on that individual’s Protected Status, as defined in this policy, that: (a) is sufficiently serious or pervasive such that it limits or denies an individual’s employment, academic performance, or ability to participate in or benefit from University... Read More
  • Demonstrations and Peaceful Assembly

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2018

    Demonstrations or peaceful assemblies must be registered with the Events Office at least 48 hours in advance. Read More
  • University of Richmond Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2018

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that: (a) creates Hostile Environment, as defined in this Policy; or (b) constitutes Quid Pro Quo Harassment, as defined in this Policy. Sexual Harassment is sexual misconduct prohibited by the University. 1. Hostile Environment: A hostile environment exists,... Read More
  • Standards of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2018

    The following conduct is prohibited by the University. … Conduct that threatens, intimidates, or endangers the health or safety of any person. Read More
  • Policy on Preventing and Responding to Discrimination Against Students

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    Members of the University community are expected to promote academic freedom, including the freedom to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom; to explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression; and to speak or write as a public citizen without institutional restraint or discipline. Memb... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • So to Speak podcast: ‘Natural Rights and the First Amendment’ with Jud Campbell

    December 28, 2017

    Did the founders intend for the First Amendment to protect as much speech as it does today? University of Richmond Assistant Professor of Law Jud Campbell argues probably not. He is the author of an article recently published in The Yale Law Journal that Cass Sunstein says “might well be the most illuminating work on… Read more

  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2014

    December 24, 2014

    Each month, FIRE singles out a particularly reprehensible campus speech code for our Speech Code of the Month designation. While all of 2014’s Speech Codes of the Month flagrantly violated students’ or faculty members’ right to free expression, two of them were so egregious that they deserve special mention as 2014’s Speech Codes of the… Read more

  • University of Richmond Student Understands Free Expression Better Than Her College

    February 6, 2014

    Yesterday, the University of Richmond earned the unfortunate distinction of playing host to FIRE’s February Speech Code of the Month with its Standards of Student Conduct policy, which bans “inappropriate behavior or expression.” A private institution, the University of Richmond promises to promote academic freedom and expression—but its speech code shows the university does not live up to… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Richmond

    February 5, 2014

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for February 2014: the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond’s Standards of Student Conduct prohibit any “inappropriate behavior or expression,” giving the administration complete discretion to punish virtually any expression it finds inconvenient or unwelcome.