University of West Georgia

Location: Carrollton, Georgia
Website: http://www.westga.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

University of West Georgia 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.

Yellow Light Policies
  • Residence Hall Regulations: Offensive material

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2018

    The Housing and Residence Life department encourages and welcomes students to decorate their room in a manner in which they would be comfortable, with discretion. Space outside the interior of one’s assigned room (e.g., visible through windows, and door exteriors) is considered public space and is maintained under the jurisdiction of Housing and Residence Life. Residents have the right to approach anyone who displays a decoration which they believe to be offensive or obscene in order to discuss their concern. Students may be asked to remove offensive material from public view.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2018

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct, based on sex or gender stereotypes, that: is implicitly or explicitly a term or condition or status in a course, program, or activity; is a basis for employment/educational decisions; or has the purpose or effect of interfering with one’s work or educational performance creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment, or interfering with or limiting one’s ability to participate in or benefit from an institutional program or activity.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Disorderly Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2018

    Harassment or threat of harm, whether physical, verbal, oral, or written that is beyond the bounds of protected speech, directed at a specific individual(s), and is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it denies or limits an individual’s ability to work, or to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity.

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  • First Amendment and Protected Activity on Campus

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 25, 2018

    The University of West Georgia (“UWG or the University”) places great importance on First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the right to assemble peaceably. The University remains firmly committed to affording groups and individuals the opportunity to engage in peaceful and orderly protests and demonstrations.

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  • First Amendment and Protected Activity on Campus

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2018

    Free Expression Areas – open outside areas, that are not used for administrative purposes related to the operation of the University or for educationally related activities, that are generally available to the University Community for First Amendment Speech.

    Free Expression Areas of campus may be used for First Amendment Speech by members of the University Community, subject to the restrictions in Paragraph E., and based on availability on a first-come, first-served basis, so long as other individuals or groups have not first reserved the space.

    The University encourages all parties who are members of the University Community and are seeking to use Campus facilities for First Amendment Speech to contact the office of the Chief Auxiliary Officer to minimize conflicts and accommodate all interested users.

    Groups of fifty (50} or more persons wishing to gather in the Free Expression Areas must contact one of the following as soon as possible: – (1) for calls made Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m., contact Auxiliary Services at (678) 839-6525; (2) for calls made at all other hours, contact the University Police at (678} 839-6000. Prior notice is requested to ensure that there is sufficient space for the large group event, that the large group event does not conflict with any other scheduled use of the space, and that sufficient University resources are available for crowd control and security. If such advance notice is not feasible because of circumstances that could not be reasonably anticipated, such as very recent or still-unfolding news developments, the person or group should provide the University with as much advance notice as circumstances reasonably permit.

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  • Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 25, 2018

    5.0 Harassment

    The following acts constitute computer harassment if the actions are sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the recipient’s ability to work or to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by UWG: (1) Deliberately using a computer to harass, annoy, terrify, intimidate, threaten, or offend another person by transmitting obscene language, photographs, pictures, or other materials or threats of bodily harm to the recipient or the recipient’s immediate family; (2) Repeatedly attempting to communicate with a recipient after the recipient has given reasonable notice that he or she does not desire such communication.

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  • SGA-West Georgian conflict resolved

    August 19, 2009

    By Samantha Godwin at The West Georgian As Former Editor-in-Chief, Ellis Smith, and SGA President, Alan Webster, laughed and conversed with one another near The West Georgian table at Summer Orientation on June 26, the arduous, heated debate over newspaper funding finally seemed to reach a close. Following The West Georgian’s publication of “Join a Frat with Buck Futter, Jr.,” by Jacob Lovell, a satire on Greek organizations, the SGA passed a bill that eliminated all newspaper funding and sparked over two months of Freedom of Speech debates. After negotiations with the Student Activity Fee General Guidelines (SAFBA), letters to President […]

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  • Rights in the News: Victory at UCLA Helps FIRE Blaze Trail Into New School Year

    August 21, 2009

    It’s nice every time you can take a case public on a Thursday and declare victory by lunchtime on Friday. This was FIRE’s good fortune this week after we issued a press release yesterday concerning UCLA’s threats against former graduate student Tom Wilde, who maintained a private website that was critical of what he called UCLA’s “weeding out” practices. Within hours, UCLA had dropped its threats against Wilde (though we’re still waiting on Santa Rosa Junior College to make a similar move). Eugene Volokh—a professor of law at UCLA—is among the many pleased with the news. You can read his […]

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  • ‘West Georgian’ Reports on FIRE Victory for Freedom of the Press

    August 20, 2009

    Samantha Godwin of The West Georgian (at the University of West Georgia ) reported yesterday on FIRE’s victory for the newspaper’s First Amendment rights. Earlier this summer, FIRE successfully challenged the unconstitutional cut of the paper’s annual funding allocation on the basis of the paper’s content, as well as the student government’s attempt to freeze the paper’s assets in the wake of controversial news and opinion pieces that had targeted fraternities and the student government itself.  After FIRE intervened, an investigation found that the allocation decision indeed had been based partly on content. A new review resulted not only in the restoration of all of the paper’s […]

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  • University of West Georgia Blames Students, Tries to Snatch Defeat from Jaws of Victory

    July 17, 2009

    First, the good news. FIRE reported on Tuesday that the University of West Georgia (UWG) had not only restored but increased the funding of its controversial student newspaper, The West Georgian, after agreeing that the university’s finance committee had made its decision partly on the basis of unconstitutional considerations of the newspaper’s content. Indeed, one of the more pleasant letters FIRE has received from university counsel was the one we received from University General Counsel E. Jane Simpson. The university agreed with FIRE’s analysis of the situation, promised to investigate, and asked the finance committee to reconsider. The proof’s in […]

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  • Victory for Freedom of the Press at University of West Georgia: FIRE Turns Content-Based Newspaper Censorship into Funding Increase

    July 15, 2009

    In yesterday’s press release, FIRE reports that after subjecting it to multiple content-based retaliatory actions, including budget cuts and a proposed suspension of funding, The University of West Georgia (UWG) has restored and increased funding to its student newspaper, The West Georgian. UWG thus has reaffirmed the university’s commitment to free speech and freedom of the press. After FIRE intervened on the paper’s behalf, The West Georgian not only saw its funding restored but also received $3,600 of new funds it had requested for the coming academic year. The West Georgian, like many campus clubs, has traditionally been funded in […]

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  • Victory for Freedom of the Press at University of West Georgia: FIRE Turns Content-Based Newspaper Censorship into Funding Increase

    July 14, 2009

    ATLANTA, July 14, 2009—The University of West Georgia’s (UWG’s) finance committee has restored and increased funding to UWG’s student newspaper after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) challenged its unconstitutional funding cut and the student government’s attempt to freeze the assets of The West Georgian. The newspaper had criticized corruption in the student government and printed a satire of fraternity life. After FIRE intervened on the paper’s behalf, The West Georgian not only saw its funding restored but also received $3,600 of new funding. “The University of West Georgia should be commended for quickly correcting its error,” FIRE […]

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  • Potential Censorship of Political Speech at University of West Georgia

    September 16, 2008

    Last week, The West Georgian, the official student paper of the University of West Georgia, ran an article regarding a dispute over “table tents” (advertisements folded into a triangle shape and placed on tables) that the College Republicans set out in the University Community Center and the Z-6 Dining Hall. Printed on the table tents were provocative statements about presidential candidate Barack Obama and advertisements for a party to watch the Republican Convention. A number of students complained, citing the inflammatory nature of the information presented about Senator Obama, and the president of the Young Democrats said that the table […]

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