Western Carolina University

Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Western Carolina University has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more
  • University Policy 52: Responsible Use of Information Technology Resources

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2018

    V.  RESPONSIBLE USE VIOLATIONS Sharing your user credentials with others; Unauthorized attempts to use, manipulate or otherwise gain access to University information or information technology resources; Unauthorized use of University information technology resources for personal gain for yourself or others; Use of ... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2018

    Sexual Harassment – any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably denies, limits or interferes with an individual’s ability to participate in an educational program or activity. University Policy 53 – Unlawful Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, and... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2018

    Harassment – unlawful speech or conduct that is unwelcome or unsolicited based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, or veteran status that creates a hostile environment for Students, or denies... Read More
  • University Policy 114: Free Expression and Solicitation

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies, Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: December 6, 2018

    University Groups,Recognized Student Groups, Non-University Groups and individuals alike may distribute leaflets, brochures or other written materials in any open, exterior campus space; … Subject to Additional Guidelines described below, Recognized Student Groups, University Groups and Individuals may conduct... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2018

    Bullying – any pattern of written, electronic, or verbal communication, behavior, gesture, and/or any physical act(s) that is threatening or intimidating which places a person in actual and/or reasonable fear of harm and/or damage to personal property, and/or creates a hostile living and/or learning environment by i... Read More
  • University Policy 53: Unlawful Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2018

    With regard to students, Sexual Harassment is defined by the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) as any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably denies, limits or interferes with an individual’s ability to participate in an educational program or activ... Read More
  • University of North Carolina System: State of the First Amendment

    January 10, 2006

    FIRE teamed up with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to release the Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report notes that UNC System’s many speech codes and illiberal restrictions on religious groups would likely not survive a legal challenge. It also… Read more

  • WCU, UNC Pembroke bring speech policies in line with the Constitution, earn ‘green light’ rating

    December 6, 2018

    Dec. 6, 2018 — Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke have earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s highest, “green light” rating for protecting student and faculty free speech, a distinction held by only 42 other institutions in the country. “Due to restrictive speech codes, most students around the country forfeit some First… Read more

  • REPORT: North Carolina is home to some of America’s best colleges for free speech

    September 24, 2018

    Eight colleges in North Carolina earn FIRE’s highest rating for free speech — more than in any other state — but 17 still maintain policies that substantially restrict student expression. PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 24, 2018 — A new report finds that North Carolina’s colleges and universities lead the way nationally for protecting student free speech. The… Read more

  • ‘Free Speech Semester’ at Western Carolina

    January 26, 2011

    On Monday, Western Carolina University (WCU) commenced a semester-long "Celebration of the First Amendment" with a presentation by Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center. The presentation was sponsored by WCU’s campus newspaper, The Western Carolinian, and funded by a 2010-11 Louis Ingelhard First Amendment Award Grant from the College Media Association. … Read more