Weber State University

Location: Ogden, Utah
Website: www.weber.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Weber State 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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • 6-22 Student Code: Student Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    Examples of such prohibited conduct include but are not limited to the following: … Sexual assault, sexual harassment, or any other non-consensual verbal or physical sexual activity, including the support or assistance of such activities.

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  • 6-22 Student Code: Student Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    Examples of such prohibited conduct include but are not limited to the following: … Disorderly, lewd, indecent, defamatory, or obscene conduct or expression on University-owned or controlled property or at University-sponsored or supervised functions or events.

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  • 6-22 Student Code: Student Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to: … Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.

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  • 3-32 Discrimination and Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    This policy shall not be construed to restrict constitutionally protected expression, even though such expression may be unpleasant or even hateful. Constitutionally protected speech and traditional notions of academic freedom are valued in higher education. These ideals help to create the stimulating and challenging learning environment which should characterize higher education. In the spirit of a true university environment, individuals are encouraged to invite, rather than inhibit, discourse on ideas.

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    Harassment: Unwelcome conduct directed against a person based on one or more of that person’s “protected classifications.”

    Hostile Environment: Harassment which is so severe or pervasive that it denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s program or unreasonably interferes with an employee’s work performance or creates an intimidating, or offensive work environment.  Both subjective and objective factors shall be considered when evaluating whether a hostile climate exists.

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    No student or employee of the university may engage in discrimination or create a hostile environment on the basis of “protected classifications,” as defined above, when involved in university activities.

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    When discriminatory harassment that is neither severe nor pervasive occurs, efforts should be undertaken to prevent the creation of a hostile work or learning environment even before it may be appropriate to impose disciplinary sanctions on those engaging in the harassment…. Nondisciplinary remedial measures such as education and training, mediation, voluntary transfers or reassignments, etc., that may help to avoid the creation of hostile environment should be considered.

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  • 7-10 Posting and Distribution of Written Materials on Campus

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    Except as provided herein for university personnel, anyone wishing to distribute or post any material at Weber State University must first obtain approval or authorization from the Office of University Relations.

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  • Housing and Residence Life Community Policies: Verbal and/or Physical Abuse

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    Residents and guests are to treat all neighbors, apartment mates, visitors, WSU Housing staff, and University officials with courtesy and respect. Verbal abuse will not be tolerated including swearing, name calling or any other language offensive or demeaning to the person. Physical violence of any type will not be tolerated.

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Green Light Policies
  • 6-22 Student Code: Student Rights

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 29, 2017

    Weber State University students retain and enjoy all rights guaranteed to citizens by the Constitution and laws of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Utah. Examples of such rights include but are not limited to the following: … The right of free inquiry, expression, and assembly subject to constitutional limitations.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.