University of West Florida

Location: Pensacola, Florida
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of West Florida 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

This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech.
  • UWF/REG – 3.010 Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: December 20, 2018

    Conduct that creates an intimidating, intolerable, or offensive campus, educational or working environment for another person, unrelated to the victim’s protected class, if any. Read More
  • UWF/REG – 3.010 Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 20, 2018

    Harassment based on any of the following protected classes: gender (including gender identity and sex), race, color religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or sexual orientation. Harassment is defined as conduct that is sufficiently severe or pervasive so that it unreasonably inter... Read More
  • UWF/REG – 3.010 Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: December 20, 2018

    Use of University computing facilities or resources to send obscene or abusive material. Read More
  • Housing Handbook: Standards for Community Living

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: December 20, 2018

    Bigotry and hatred will be given no home within our community. Our community will not tolerate verbal or written abuse, threats, intimidation, and will not accept false humor, anger, intoxication, or substance abuse as an excuse, reason, or rationale for such behavior.  We strive to develop and support a learning en... Read More
  • Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 20, 2018

    (C) Harassment Based Upon a Protected Class. Harassment, as defined by this Policy, is unwelcome conduct based on an individual’s protected class. … 5. Prohibited Conduct. (A) Discrimination as defined in this policy in Section 4(B) is prohibited. (B) Harassment based upon an individual’s protected class that ... Read More
  • Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Violence, Gender-Based Discrimination and Retaliation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 20, 2018

    Sexual Harassment – unwelcome conduct, based on sex/gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, that is sufficiently severe or pervasive so that it alters the terms and conditions of the Complainant’s employment or educational environment. Sexual harassment may include, for example, unwanted sexual advances... Read More
  • UWF/REG-5.050 Speech, Assembly and Public Expression in Outdoor Areas on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: December 20, 2018

    Subject to the terms of this regulation and related University regulations, expressive activities are permitted in outdoor areas of campus so long as the conduct is lawful and does not materially and substantially disrupt the normal operations and functions of the University or infringe on the rights of other member... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Florida becomes ninth state to ban restrictive campus free speech zones

    March 12, 2018

    Florida State, University of West Florida, Florida Atlantic, and other schools must change speech policies TALLAHASSEE, Mar. 12, 2018 — Yesterday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law SB 4, a broad higher education bill, which was amended to include free speech protections at the state’s public colleges and universities. The new law prohibits Florida… Read more

  • Free Speech Zone Policy Debated at University of West Florida

    March 4, 2011

    On Valentine’s Day at the University of West Florida (UWF), people strolling the public university’s Cannon Greens did not see the language of love displayed, but instead the graphic images of genocide victims and aborted fetuses provided by a California anti-abortion group. According to an article by Terry Strickland in UWF’s student newspaper The Voyager,… Read more