Virginia Commonwealth University

Location: Richmond, Virginia
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Virginia Commonwealth 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 Library: Sexual Misconduct/Violence and Sex/Gender Discrimination

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 6, 2019

    Sexual harassment is also a form of discrimination and is unwelcome, sexual, sex or gender-based, verbal or physical conduct, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other conduct of a sexual nature. Purpose or intent is not a required element of sexual harassment. … A hostile envir... Read More
  • Policy Library: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: June 6, 2019

    Students are encouraged to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects credit upon the University community and to model good citizenship in any community. Read More
  • Policy Library: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 6, 2019

    Violations include, but are not limited to, unauthorized entry, unauthorized transfer of a file, use of another individual’s identification and/or password, use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another University member, use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene mes... Read More
  • Division of Student Affairs: Bias Response Team

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: June 6, 2019

    A bias incident is an action taken by an individual or group that may involve, but is not limited to, assault, damage to property, sending of threatening mail or e-mail, graffiti, stalking, verbal harassment and other bias-motivated behavior that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that an individual ... Read More
  • Policy Library: Computer and Network Resources Use Policy – Interim

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 6, 2019

    VCU computer and network resources must not be used in connection with the following: Conduct that harasses, threatens, or otherwise causes harm to individuals in violation of university policy, or state or federal law. Read More
  • Guide to Residential Living: Room Decorations

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 6, 2019

    The University encourages residents to consider that any messages or items posted or displayed in residence hall space communicate directly with neighboring residents, hall mates, and staff who pass. Residents may not post materials that are in violation of applicable university policies, or state or federal law. To... Read More
  • Policy Library: Reservation and Use of Space

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: June 6, 2019

    The university is committed to creating an environment that fosters the exercise of protected speech and other expressive activity on university property while maintaining an atmosphere free of disruption to the mission of the university. It recognizes that the free expression of ideas and open inquiry are essential... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Students at Virginia Commonwealth Protest Proposed Policy on Demonstrations

    April 24, 2012

    In defense of their free speech rights, students at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) recently took to protesting a proposed new policy aimed in part at student demonstrations at VCU. The policy in question prohibited the following:  Participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the University and/or… Read more