Utah Valley University

Location: Orem, Utah
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Utah Valley University 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
  • Policy No. 441: Appropriate Use of Computing Facilities

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: March 5, 2019

    Illegal activities: Pertinent laws include, but are not limited to: … Harassment: A course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes emotional distress in such person. … Disorderly conduct: Utah law (76-9-102) prohibits a person from knowingly creating a hazardous or physically offensive condi... Read More
  • Policy No. 541: Student Rights and Responsibilities Code

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 5, 2019

    Definitions … 3.3 Bullying and cyberbullying: Repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally, and are not protected by the First Amendment. … Categories of prohibited misconduct include but are not limited ... Read More
  • Policy No. 541: Student Rights and Responsibilities Code

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 5, 2019

    Students have the right to free exchange of ideas and to artistic expression, the right to free speech, open discussion, inquiry, and academic freedom in the University and on the university campus without prior restraint or censorship, subject to limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech and to clearly stated, rea... Read More
  • Policy No. 161: Freedom of Speech

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: March 5, 2019

    Members of the university community shall have the right to freedom of speech and assembly without prior restraint or censorship, subject to clearly stated, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory rules and procedures regarding time, place, and manner. … Speakers may speak in any outdoor area, as long as such speech... Read More
  • Policy No. 161: Freedom of Speech

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 5, 2019

    The University shall provide reasonable space indoors and outdoors for the posting of non-commercial signs, notices, posters, and banners by members of the university community. Subject to the limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech (section 4.2.2) and reasonable and nondiscriminatory time, place, and manner rest... Read More
  • Policy No. 165: Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action (Temporary Emergency)

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 5, 2019

    3.4 Harassment: For purposes of this policy, any unwelcome verbal, physical, written, electronic, or non-verbal conduct (whether directly, indirectly, or through a third party) based on that person’s inclusion in one or more protected classes that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to alter the conditi... Read More
  • Policy No. 162: Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 5, 2019

    3.9 Harassment: For purposes of this policy, any unwelcome verbal, physical, written, electronic, or nonverbal conduct (whether directly, indirectly, or through a third party) of a sexual nature, or related to an individual’s sex, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gende... Read More
  • Policy No. 441: Appropriate Use of Computing Facilities

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 5, 2019

    4.7 Free Expression 4.7.1 Communications which originate from UVU facilities are free from censorship or prior restraint, except when they are illegal. 4.7.2 Universities exist for the transmission of knowledge and the pursuit of truth. Censorship of material on partisan or doctrinal grounds is contrary to these goa... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • FIRE’s Azhar Majeed on Utah Valley’s Speech Codes

    July 3, 2013

    FIRE Associate Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Azhar Majeed spoke earlier this week with Alex Sousa of the UVU Review, Utah Valley University’s student newspaper, about the public institution’s two “red light” speech codes—policies that clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech. As Sousa’s article notes, both red light policies deal with sexual harassment,… Read more