University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Location: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire 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

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  • Solicitation on University Premises

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: May 23, 2018

    Solicitation shall be defined as selling, peddling, and/or distribution of material, free or otherwise.  The hawking of newspapers or similar printed materials outside University buildings is not regulated by this policy. … Solicitation on the University grounds will require approval of the Assistant Chancello... Read More
  • Dean of Students: Bias/Hate Incident Reporting

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: May 23, 2018

    Bias/hate incident Something a person does, says, or otherwise expresses that is motivated by bias as a contributing factor (regardless of whether the act is criminal). The bias can be against race, religion, skin color, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or ancestry. … After a report is filed, t... Read More
  • Affirmative Action: Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 23, 2018

    Discriminatory Harassment is a form of discrimination consisting of unwelcome verbal, written, graphic or physical conduct that: Is directed at an individual or group of individuals on the basis of the individual or group of individuals’ actual or perceived protected status, or affiliation or association with... Read More
  • Residence Hall Judicial Code: Disorderly Conduct, Sexual Assault and Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 23, 2018

    Harassment is unwelcome physical, verbal, or visual conduct (including posted literature) that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s living environment or creates an intimidating or hostile environment. Harassment directed at residents, resident assistants, or other Housing and Residence Life staff is subject... Read More
  • Affirmative Action: Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 23, 2018

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offe... Read More
  • Chapter UWS 18: Conduct on University Lands

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 23, 2018

    No person may, with intent to harass, annoy or offend another person, send a message to the person on an electronic mail or other computerized communication system and in that message use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act. Read More
  • Computer and Network Usage Guidelines

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 23, 2018

    Examples of inappropriate and unacceptable use of computing and networking resources include: … Harassment of other users (e.g., continuing to send electronic communications when the recipient has requested that you cease, sending threatening messages). Read More
  • Computer and Network Usage Guidelines

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 23, 2018

    Free expression of ideas is central to the academic process. Read More
  • University of Wisconsin: Students’ Due Process Rights

    March 13, 2009

    FIRE successfully persuaded the University of Wisconsin’s Board of Regents to affirm due process rights for students, including the option of a hearing before a committee including student peers, attorney representation in the case of serious allegations, and both e-mail and paper notification of proceedings. The Board had proposed changes to the State Administrative Code… Read more

  • University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire: Ban on RAs’ Leading Bible Studies

    October 10, 2005

    The University of Wisconsin’s (UW) Board of Regents voted to uphold religious liberty on campus under its jurisdiction by permitting resident assistants (RAs) to hold Bible study groups in their dormitory rooms. Six months before FIRE advocated on the RAs’ behalf, a residential life official from UW Eau-Claire sent Christian RAs a letter notifying them… Read more

  • University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire: Unconstitutional Student Fee Funding Amendment

    December 16, 2004

    FIRE protested the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s (UWEC) Student Senate’s decision to withhold student fee funding from any student organization that espouses a “particular ideological, religious, or partisan viewpoint.” The rule, passed in March of 2005, came after a controversy regarding the approval of a new student magazine, The Flip Side, in December of 2004…. Read more

  • This Month in FIRE History: Religious Liberty Vindicated Across University of Wisconsin System

    March 31, 2010

    In March of 2006, FIRE scored an important victory for religious liberty across the University of Wisconsin System. The case began in July of 2005, when an administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sent a letter to the school’s Christian resident assistants (RAs) ordering them to stop leading Bible studies in their dormitories. More… Read more

  • Professor Donald Downs Discusses ‘Religion in the University’

    June 18, 2007

    Last Monday, University of Wisconsin at Madison Professor Donald A. Downs had an interesting post at the National Association of Scholars forum, “Religion and the University.” Professor Downs divides the history of the American university into three eras: the proprietary, the liberal, and the post-liberal. The proprietary university, to use the American Association of University… Read more

  • Calling all Student Activists!

    February 15, 2007

    The Spectator, the student newspaper of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC), ran an article today on how UWEC’s policies fared in FIRE’s recent speech codes report. As I told the student reporter with whom I spoke, UWEC’s sexual harassment policy is overbroad because it prohibits certain types of speech—including “humor or jokes about sex”… Read more

  • University of Wisconsin Sued for Derecognizing Religious Organization

    October 6, 2006

    In non-Columbia-related news, the Alliance Defense Fund has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, which was derecognized by the University of Wisconsin for allowing only Christians to serve as leaders of the group. This case closely resembles another case recently decided by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction… Read more

  • Professor Under Review for Saying 9/11 Might Be an ‘Inside Job’

    July 6, 2006

    The provost of the University of Wisconsin at Madison announced last week that the university would conduct a “review” of an instructor who has publicly stated that he believes the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job.” The instructor, Kevin Barrett, was a guest on a radio show last week where he defended his controversial views…. Read more

  • The Media Condemn Censorship at NKU

    April 17, 2006

    Today, the Cincinnati Enquirer published an editorial concerning an incident at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) where a professor invited a class “to express their freedom-of-speech rights” to destroy a “Cemetery of Innocents,” an anti-abortion display consisting of 400 crosses and a sign explaining its purpose. The editorial is right on point in saying: Northern Kentucky… Read more

  • Bible Studies: Not So Bad After All

    March 14, 2006

    FIRE’s press release today announces a tremendous victory for religious liberty throughout the 13 schools in the University of Wisconsin System. Since last November, the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) has been under attack for a policy that banned RAs from leading Bible studies—or studies of any other holy book—in their dorm rooms, on the… Read more

  • Religious Liberty Vindicated Across University of Wisconsin System

    March 14, 2006

    MADISON, Wis., March 14, 2006—On Friday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin’s (UW’s) Board of Regents voted to protect religious liberty and freedom of expression on every UW campus. After six months of public pressure from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the Regents finally approved a policy that allows resident assistants (RAs) to… Read more

  • Wisconsin Regents’ Education Committee Approves New Bible Study Policy

    March 10, 2006

    In a fantastic development for religious liberty and freedom of association on campus, the Education Committee of the University of Wisconsin’s Board of Regents yesterday approved a new policy governing activities by RAs that would acknowledge that they have the same right to lead or participate in Bible studies or any other group activities as… Read more

  • Kersten Lauds FIRE’s Religious Liberty Efforts

    March 9, 2006

    An excellent column by Katherine Kersten of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune recently called attention to FIRE’s efforts to protect religious liberty on campus. She writes: The Foundation for Individual Rights (FIRE) is a Philadelphia-based organization that defends constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, due process and religious liberty, on college campuses. In 2003, FIRE commissioned twin… Read more

  • Editorials Endorse Repeal of ‘Bible Study Ban’

    March 9, 2006

    Today, the Education Committee of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents is set to vote on repealing UW-Madison and UW–Eau Claire’s infamous “Bible study bans.” It was FIRE, of course, that brought this issue to the surface. As the Education Committee votes—and, hopefully, as the full board prepares to vote tomorrow—it’s an appropriate time… Read more

  • The ‘Right’ Not to Be Offended, Part 3,590,328

    March 7, 2006

    Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education is reporting (subscription required) the following: The U.S. Supreme Court ended a two-year legal battle on Monday, when it declined to hear an appeal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a sculpture at Washburn University that some considered anti-Catholic. A bronze bust of a sneering, corpulent Roman Catholic… Read more

  • University of Wisconsin Poised to Repeal ‘Bible Study Ban’

    March 1, 2006

    MADISON, Wis., March 1, 2006—The University of Wisconsin (UW) System is poised to restore the First Amendment rights of its student resident assistants (RAs). UW campuses at Madison and Eau Claire currently have policies banning RAs from leading Bible studies in their dormitories, but a newly proposed policy would repeal them. This move comes after… Read more

  • The UW Waiting Game Begins

    February 15, 2006

    Yesterday, the Badger Herald at the University of Wisconsin–Madison featured an article on the letter recently sent to UW System President Kevin Reilly by ten Wisconsin legislators. As the article points out, FIRE’s public exposure of UW–Eau Claire’s ban on RAs’ holding Bible studies in their dorms (which is also in force at UW-Madison) resulted… Read more

  • Legislators Renew Call for Religious Liberty at UW

    February 9, 2006

    FIRE recently received a copy of a letter sent on February 7 to Kevin Reilly, the president of the University of Wisconsin System, about the ongoing “Bible study ban” controversy there, which FIRE brought to public attention. It’s from ten Wisconsin state legislators and it’s so good that it’s worth quoting in full: Dear President… Read more

  • Nine Days Left to Set UW Straight

    January 27, 2006

    An article in yesterday’s edition of The Spectator, the student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, provided some useful information about FIRE’s battles against UWEC’s and UW-Madison’s nationally infamous “Bible study bans.” As you may recall from FIRE’s January 16 press release: The University of Wisconsin (UW) has missed yet another opportunity to demonstrate… Read more

  • Lecture to Address Student Rights at UWEC and Beyond

    January 25, 2006

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis., January 25, 2006—Greg Lukianoff, interim president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), will speak at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) on Wednesday, February 1. Free copies of FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus, which Lukianoff co-authored, will be available. Lukianoff’s speech, entitled “Liberty in Danger: The All-Too-Frequent… Read more

  • More on UWEC’s Double Standard

    January 24, 2006

    FIRE is in receipt of an e-mail and attachment just sent to faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire by a student organization called Making Our School an Intercultural Community (MOSAIC). As we have discussed on The Torch before, UWEC’s own website calls MOSAIC a “Housing & Residence Life Organization,” which means it is charged… Read more

  • ‘Badger Herald’ Gets It Right

    January 20, 2006

    Check out the excellent editorial from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Badger Herald on the ongoing debacle at UW-Madison and University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire: This board feels that RAs within the UW System have the right to lead ideological discussions in their own dorm rooms so long as such sessions remain strictly voluntary. To ban an… Read more

  • Bring Your Moral Outrage to Bear on UW

    January 19, 2006

    Monday’s press release noted the University of Wisconsin’s latest missed chance to abolish once and for all its Eau Claire and Wisconsin campuses’ now-infamous “Bible study bans.” As we pointed out then, a UW committee has ludicrously recommended that the individual campuses be allowed to determine their own policies vis-à-vis Bible studies—which they haven’t exactly… Read more

  • Cuius Regio, Eius Religio

    January 16, 2006

    The University of Wisconsin committee charged with making recommendations for a final, system-wide policy on whether RAs should be allowed to lead Bible studies in their dorms put out its Resident Assistant Working Group Final Report late last week. The committee’s recommendation: each school in the UW System should make the decision for itself. The… Read more

  • University of Wisconsin Committee Misfires on RA Bible Study Ban

    January 16, 2006

    MADISON, Wis., January 16, 2006—The University of Wisconsin (UW) has missed yet another opportunity to demonstrate that it respects its resident assistants’ (RAs’) basic rights. A UW System committee recommended late last week that two UW campuses be allowed to maintain policies banning RAs from leading Bible studies on their own time and in their… Read more

  • FIRE Advises UW System to Heed the Constitution

    January 9, 2006

    In the wake of FIRE’s successful campaign to end the ban on RA-led Bible studies at UWEC, and the subsequent lawsuit filed by Christian RA Lance Steiger against UWEC, the University of Wisconsin System is scrambling to put together a definitive, system-wide policy on whether RAs should be allowed to lead voluntary Bible studies on… Read more

  • FIRE Advises University of Wisconsin on RA Bible Study Policy

    January 9, 2006

    On Friday, January 6, FIRE wrote to University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly, who requested that interested parties weigh in on the development of a system-wide policy to determine whether RAs may lead Bible studies in their own dormitories. FIRE’s letter to Reilly pointed out that the UW System not only can but must allow… Read more

  • Maybe It’s Something in the Cheese?

    January 6, 2006

    The University of Wisconsin (UW) System schools have had their share of problems when it comes to complying with the Constitution. In 2000, one of those problems made it all the way to the Supreme Court, in Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System v. Southworth, 529 U.S. 217 (2000). This case was… Read more

  • The War on Christians (and Muslims)

    December 27, 2005

    There has been a lot of talk the past few months about the “war on Christmas,” by which people generally mean the replacement of the religious symbols and language of Christmas with secular language and symbols of the holidays. This is often extended into an argument that there is a growing cultural hostility to the… Read more

  • The Next Step for UWEC

    December 23, 2005

    For months now, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor Kent Syverson has been a stalwart FIRE ally. He has brought several examples of repression to our attention and has been truly amazing with disseminating news articles, updates, and other key information about the ongoing scandal of UWEC’s crackdown on its resident assistants’ First Amendment rights. As… Read more

  • UWEC’s Edifice of Repression Begins to Crumble

    December 1, 2005

    Today’s FIRE press release announces that the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) is now in federal court over its unconstitutional ban on RA-led Bible studies in those RAs’ own dormitories. Since FIRE exposed this shameful example of religious repression last month, UWEC and the UW system have been taking enormous hits from all sides for… Read more

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Sued Over RA Bible Study Ban, Suspends Ban

    December 1, 2005

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis., December 1, 2005—The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) has “suspended” its ban on resident assistants’ (RAs’) leading unofficial Bible studies in their own dormitories after a Christian RA filed a federal lawsuit challenging the policy late yesterday. The lawsuit and policy suspension follow weeks of intense public pressure on UWEC since the… Read more

  • Hey, UWEC: Had Enough Yet?

    November 30, 2005

    FIRE’s case at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire has been all over the news in recent weeks, and things just keep getting worse for the UWEC administration. As if having its Bible study ban exposed on Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Brit Hume again on Monday wasn’t bad enough, UWEC’s latest attempt to salvage… Read more

  • UWEC: It Gets Worse and Worse

    November 21, 2005

    Last Friday, I received the following e-mail written by a former RA at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. While I have had to redact certain portions to protect the writer’s identity, it speaks for itself: I am frustrated by the university’s claim that [the Bible study ban] has been a “long-standing policy.” I was an… Read more

  • Wisconsin Readers: Watch FIRE on TV Tonight!

    November 18, 2005

    FIRE President David French will be appearing tonight on the Wisconsin Public Television program Here & Now, which airs at 7 p.m. (CT). It does not seem to be available online, but friends of liberty in Wisconsin should tune in. During the appearance, David will debate Mike Rindo, UWEC’s executive director of university communications. It’s… Read more

  • UWEC Cannot Run from Its Record

    November 16, 2005

    One of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire’s (UWEC’s) central contentions is that it has for some time applied a policy that limited the political and ideological speech of its RAs, and thus the Bible study ban is not only nothing new, but also perfectly consistent with past practice. This contention is untrue; it is difficult… Read more

  • Newspaper Editors Denounce Wisconsin Bible Study Ban

    November 15, 2005

    Editors at two newspapers in Wisconsin have recently taken FIRE’s side—and the side of freedom—in the current dispute at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC). In case you haven’t seen our two recent press releases, noticed Robert’s three most recent blog entries, read any of the many media accounts of the case, or heard any… Read more

  • Have RAs Surrendered Their Religious Rights?

    November 10, 2005

    FIRE’s case at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC), where Christian RAs have been told that they may not lead Bible studies in their own dorm rooms or dorms, has captured a great deal of attention in the national media, including syndicated columnist Suzanne Fields’ latest. Condemnation of UWEC has generally been widespread, and for… Read more

  • UWEC and the Purpose of Principles

    November 3, 2005

    There’s a reason it’s usually a compliment to be considered “principled.” It’s because principles, such as respect for freedom of expression and freedom of religion, serve as moral guideposts that enable a person or institution to make consistent and fair judgments. Conversely, when a person or institution forgets about principles, it usually means trouble. Such… Read more

  • God and Man in Wisconsin

    November 2, 2005

    From today’s FIRE press release: In a shameful attack on freedom of religion, the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) has banned resident assistants (RAs) from leading Bible studies in their own dormitories. The university claims the ban is necessary because some students might not feel RAs who lead Bible studies are “approachable.” While they were… Read more

  • Bible Studies Are Endangered Species at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

    November 2, 2005

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis., November 2, 2005—In a shameful attack on freedom of religion, the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) has banned resident assistants (RAs) from leading Bible studies in their own dormitories. The university claims the ban is necessary because some students might not feel RAs who lead Bible studies are “approachable.” “As a state… Read more

  • Lukianoff in ‘Inside Higher Ed’

    June 6, 2005

    FIRE Legal Director Greg Lukianoff has an article in today’s Inside Higher Ed discussing constitutional confusion at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, where FIRE has been working to get administrators to overturn an unconstitutional student government decision regarding viewpoint neutrality: In cases across the country…administrations have stood idly by while student governments pass… Read more

  • UWEC Responds to FIRE

    May 2, 2005

    Last Wednesday, FIRE put out a press release dealing with the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire’s Student Senate legislation that bans funding for any student-organized activity that promotes a “particular ideological, religious, or partisan viewpoint.” The next day, a letter from the University of Wisconsin’s Office of General Counsel arrived in FIRE’s mail stating, in part,… Read more

  • The ‘No Viewpoint’ Viewpoint: University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire’s Campaign Against Students’ Rights

    April 27, 2005

    In a disturbing decision last month, the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) Student Senate decided to prohibit student groups from receiving student-fee funding for activities that “endorse a particular ideological, religious, or partisan viewpoint.” FIRE issued a press release today about this blatant disregard for students’ First Amendment rights. Furthermore, the decision took place in light… Read more

  • University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Wages Campaign Against Student Viewpoints

    April 27, 2005

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis., April 27, 2005—The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) Student Senate has amended its rules to forbid any student-organized activity that promotes a “particular ideological, religious, or partisan viewpoint” from receiving student-fee funding.  This new policy directly contradicts the university’s First Amendment obligation to distribute student funds regardless of viewpoint and violates the… Read more

  • The Un-Freedom of Association

    April 13, 2005

    A reader just wrote in to inform us of a recent student government proposal at Princeton University to add a “nondiscrimination” statement to its constitution that may infringe on students’ rights to freedom of association. The Daily Princetonian reports: The amendment as it stands would add a non-discrimination clause to the [University Student Government] constitution… Read more