University of Washington

Location: Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.washington.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Washington 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 here.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Presidential Orders: Non-discrimination and Affirmative Action 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 31, 2015

    Sexual harassment is a form of harassment based on the recipient’s sex that is characterized by: … Unwelcome and unsolicited language or conduct that is of a sexual nature or that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it could reasonably be expected to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment, or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance.

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  • Student Activities Office Policy Guide: Handbill Distribution 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 31, 2015

    Non-commercial handbills, leaflets, and similar materials may be distributed by regularly enrolled students, and by University personnel in public areas or areas outside University buildings, and in meeting rooms that have been reserved for their use, so long as such distribution does not materially or substantially interfere with the conduct of University functions or the freedom of movement. Such materials must bear identification as to the student organization responsible for its distribution.

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  • Housing and Food Services: Options and Resources for Victims of Bias-related Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: March 31, 2015

    Bias-related conduct is behavior that by intent, action and/or outcome may offend, harm or threaten to harm a person or group. Such behavior is usually motivated by prejudice toward a person or group because of factors such as race, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, age, gender or sexual orientation.

    Some bias-related conduct comes in the form of speech that can appear to be offensive, derogatory or demeaning. Although these and other expressions betray the UW’s ideal of a campus community committed to honor and respect, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution may protect expressions of this nature.  Regardless of whether or not a specific situation is punishable, acts of bias should be appropriately addressed.  In the absence of a disciplinary procedure, an educational response may be warranted.

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  • Residence Hall System Community Standards 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: March 31, 2015

    I will not participate in any action or situation involving physical or mental abuse, harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying, intimidation, hazing, pranks and/or other conduct that recklessly or intentionally endangers or threatens the health, safety or welfare of any person or results in damage to University property.

     

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Green Light Policies
  • Presidential Orders: Non-discrimination and Affirmative Action 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 31, 2015

    Harassment is conduct directed at a person because of the person’s race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or military status that is unwelcome and sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that:

    1) It could reasonably be expected to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment, or

    2) It has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance. Harassment is a form of discrimination.

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  • Student Conduct Code: Standards of Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: March 31, 2015

    Specific instances of misconduct include, but are not limited to: …

    Physical abuse of any person, or conduct intended to threaten imminent bodily harm or to endanger the health or safety of any person on university premises; …

    Intentionally inciting others to engage immediately in any unlawful activity, which incitement leads directly to such conduct on university premises….

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  • UW group holds bake sale to slam affirmative action

    October 9, 2003

    By Nguyen Huy Vu at The Seattle Times A conservative student group at the University of Washington said it will continue to protest affirmative action after it held a mock bake sale yesterday in which the goods were priced according to race or ethnicity. In an attempt to show what, they said, are the inequities of affirmative action in college admissions, chocolate-chip cookies were priced at 25 cents for Native Americans, 30 cents for African Americans, 35 cents for Latinos, 50 cents for Pacific Islanders, 95 cents for Asian Americans and $1 for whites. Doughnuts were available for 50 cents to everyone […]

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  • Woe to Moderates on the UW Campus

    January 2, 2002

    By Matt Rosenberg at The Seattle Times Some undergraduates at the University of Washington are learning about freedom of speech the hard way. Take Kathleen Ahern, a freshman business major from Sammamish. This fall, she passed the table of a campus group passing out “Scarves for Solidarity” with Afghan women, and was asked if she’d like to wear one. She declined, and a disagreement followed. Ahern eventually went on her way — posting fliers for a campus speech on terrorism by conservative commentator Ann Coulter. But when Ahern passed the group’s table again later, she says she was called over and handed […]

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  • Student Government at U. of Washington Unanimously Passes Free Speech Resolution

    December 4, 2013

    On November 26, all 100 members of the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW), the university’s student government, voted for the passage of a resolution supporting students’ right of free speech. The unanimous resolution (PDF) reads in part: WHEREAS, roughly 1 in 6 of America’s top colleges have so-called “free speech zones,” defined here as a space into which a college reserves the right to restrict speech or assembly activities, frequently characterized by limited use, limited area, and the need for pre-registration; and WHEREAS, the UW administration in recent years has been both supportive and considerate of the free speech […]

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  • Do School Admins Need to Have a Thicker Skin for Discussion of Social Issues?

    December 2, 2013

    I have to admit, I am tempted to have the text of this blog entry consist of the word “yes” and then head home for the day. A thick skin seems so self-evidently critical to the functioning of a free and democratic society that it’s hard to believe people need to be reminded of it. Yet they do, and among those most in need of a dermatological toughening are administrators at our nation’s high schools (and colleges). Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) brings to our attention a new joint report on civic education from Stanford University and the […]

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