University of West Alabama

Location: Livingston, Alabama
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of West Alabama 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
  • Tiger Paw Student Handbook: Computer Lab Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    UWA student computer labs are provided to enhance the university mission by supporting learning, discovery, and service to its students. The following computer lab policy applies to all UWA computer labs. Individual labs may have additional policies: … 6. Any kind of misconduct or behavior, which is intended t... Read More
  • Tiger Paw Student Handbook: Facilities Conduct Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    Loud or abusive language is not conducive to a positive environment and will not be tolerated. Read More
  • Tiger Paw Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    Violators of the Code of Student Conduct may be disciplined for the following: … Physical or verbal abuse, threat of violence, intimidation, profanity and physical or mental harassment.  Making obscene utterances, gestures, or displays; addressing harassing language, slanderous/libelous language, or fighting w... Read More
  • Tiger Paw Student Handbook: University Bulletin Boards

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    General bulletin boards-those not assigned to specific offices-are available for posting of important information by faculty, staff, and students, including notices from student organizations and other groups directly related to the University. Since bulletin boards are provided for meaningful communication within t... Read More
  • Tiger Paw Student Handbook: Poster Regulations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    Although the word “poster” is used, the following regulations apply to posters, flyers, leaflets and similar promotional materials. … Posters must be sponsored by a recognized UWA student organization or University department, except for student elections … Read More
  • Tiger Paw Student Handbook: Dress Code

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    Students will be denied admission to University functions if their manner of dress is inappropriate. Examples of inappropriate dress and/or appearance include, but are not limited to, the following: … Clothing with derogatory, offensive and/or lewd messages either in words or pictures. … All administrati... Read More
  • Policies and Procedures Regarding Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination: Discriminatory Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    Discriminatory harassment constitutes a form of discrimination that is prohibited by University policy. Discriminatory harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct by any member or group of the community on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a class protected by policy or law. The University does not toler... Read More
  • Policies and Procedures Regarding Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination: Other Civil Rights Offenses

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    Bullying, defined as: Repeated and/or severe Aggressive behavior Likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control, or diminish another person, physically and/or mentally That is not speech or conduct otherwise protected by the First Amendment. Read More
  • Policies and Procedures Regarding Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    2) Sexual Harassment: a. unwelcome conduct, b. determined by a reasonable person, c. to be so severe, and d. pervasive, and, e. objectively offensive, f. that it effectively denies a person equal access to the University’s education program or activity Read More
  • Tiger Paw Student Handbook: Cyberbullying and Cyber Harassment Policy Statement

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    Cyberbullying or cyber harassment by any member of the University of West Alabama community (student, faculty, staff, etc.) toward another individual constitutes conduct that disrupts the educational environment of the University. Cyberbullying and cyber harassment are prohibited by state law (Ala. Code § 13A-11-8; ... Read More
  • Tiger Paw Student Handbook: Free Speech & Facility Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2021

    Faculty, staff, and students are free to take positions on public controversies and to engage in protected expressive activity in outdoor areas of the campus, and to spontaneously and contemporaneously assemble, speak, and distribute literature. … The University provides forums for the expression of ideas and ... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Speech Code of the Month: University of West Alabama

    January 2, 2014

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for January 2014: the University of West Alabama (UWA). The University of West Alabama has a new policy prohibiting “Cyberbullying and Cyber Harassment” (PDF) that subjects virtually every student and faculty member on campus to punishment. That is because the policy defines cyberbullying to include not only unlawful conduct… Read more