Villanova University

Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania
Type: Private

Speech Code Rating

Villanova University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more

Due Process Rating

Non-Sexual Misconduct

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D

Sexual Misconduct

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D

  • Student Handbook: Posting Notice

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    With respect to informing the University community of various lectures and programs by means of posters or flyers, the following criteria have been established: Posters announcing an approved University or student group sponsored event will be approved provided the criteria set forth in this policy are met. All pos... Read More
  • Student Handbook: University IT Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    Misuse of IT systems may include but is not limited to: … Use of University telephone/email/internet to send abusive, harassing or obscene messages may result in disciplinary probation plus other disciplinary measures, up to and including suspension. Read More
  • Student Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    The use of Villanova resources to access, further or otherwise participate in activity which is inconsistent with the mission of the university is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to the following: illegal activity, sexually explicit material, hate speech, violent behavior & bullying, spam, hacking... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Relational Expectations Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    Because Villanova University is a God- centered community, it seeks to reflect the message of St. Augustine and the teachings of the Gospels. Therefore, insensitive, disrespectful, harassing, threatening, obscene or violent behavior is considered most offensive. Such behaviors, including but not limited to those lis... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Racial Incidents and Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    It is the policy of Villanova University to maintain an educational environment free of racial incidents and harassment on the basis of race, color or national origin. Racial harassment includes: Conduct consisting of different treatment on the basis of race; or The existence of a racially hostile environment. Suc... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Psychological Harm

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    The following are violations of this Code: Intentionally inflicting, attempting to inflict, or conspiring to inflict mental harm upon any person; or Taking any action for the purpose of inflicting mental harm; or Taking any reckless, but not accidental, action which could result in mental harm to any person; or Cau... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical, visual, or verbal behavior of a sexual nature where: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of: Unreasonably interfering with a person’s academic or professional performance; or Creating an intimidating, hostile,... Read More
  • Student Handbook: On-Campus Assemblies and Demonstrations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    The assembly or demonstration must not involve a substantial risk of disrupting classes, obstructing access to campus facilities, otherwise interfering with  other ongoing University events or activities, or creating a seriously intimidating, threatening, scandalizing, and/or uncivil environment. To this end, the Un... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Events and Speakers Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    The following conditions must be met for an external speaker or event to be considered for approval: The speech or event must constitute a legitimate educational experience or otherwise contribute to the university’s mission. … The speech or event must not involve a substantial risk of disrupting classes, obstructi... Read More
  • Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policies and Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    Harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual, and that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or educational environment; or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Publications Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    Under University Guidelines for University-Sponsored Publications, all publications … may not be inconsistent with their setting in a Catholic University … Read More
  • Non-Solicitation Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    For purposes of the Non-solicitation Policy, “Solicitation” (or “Soliciting”) shall include, canvassing, soliciting or seeking to obtain membership in or support for any organization, requesting contributions, and posting or distributing handbills, pamphlets, petitions, and the like of any kind (“Materials”) on Univ... Read More
  • Residence Life Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    Material hung on the interior of windows and displayed toward public areas must be in keeping with the values and standards of the University community. … All advertising prepared for distribution or posting in the residence halls must be stamped “Approved for Posting” by the appropriate University department ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: On-Campus Assemblies and Demonstrations

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: October 9, 2019

    Respecting the principles and responsibilities of academic freedom, and recognizing the importance of the perceptions of both internal and external communities, the University encourages the open exchange of ideas on a variety of subjects, including those that are controversial. In fact, Villanova officially recogni... Read More

Policies are rated on their inclusion of 10 due process safeguards. Each policy may receive 2 points for fully including that safeguard, 1 point for partial inclusion, and 0 points for no meaningful inclusion. Most, but not all, institutions have separate policies for sexual misconduct and all other misconduct. See FIRE’s Spotlight on Due Process report for more information.

Grades

Non-Sexual Misconduct

D
8/20
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous

Sexual Misconduct

D
7/20
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous
  • Protesters disrupt Charles Murray at Villanova University (VIDEO) [UPDATED]

    April 3, 2017

    FIRE staff heard rumors last week that Charles Murray, a controversial conservative social scientist, would be speaking at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. The event was scheduled for about a month after a protest of Murray’s March 2 lecture at Middlebury College turned violent. (That event left a faculty member with a neck… Read more

  • Murray event ignites free speech discussions at Villanova (VIDEO)

    April 3, 2017

    Additional video coverage of FIRE’s March 30 trip to Villanova University to cover a speech by conservative social scientist Charles Murray. Click this link for FIRE’s full coverage of the event.

  • Villanova Cancels Workshop by Controversial Gay Performance Artist

    February 24, 2012

    In a letter sent today, FIRE and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) have asked Villanova University to explain how academic freedom and free speech are safe on campus in the wake of Villanova’s decision to cancel a workshop sponsored by faculty in the university’s Department of Communication. The workshop by gay-rights activist and artist… Read more