Western State College of Colorado

Location: Gunnison, Colorado
Website: http://www.western.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Western State College of Colorado 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Computer and Data Networks- Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 20, 2015

    Free expression of ideas is central to the academic process. Western computer system administrators will not remove any information from individual accounts, servers or electronic bulletin boards maintained in individual accounts unless it is determined that: … The information infringes on the rights of others or the normal functioning of the University, because it is unrelated to or is inconsistent with the mission of the University, or is otherwise not in compliance with the legal and ethical usage responsibilities outlined in Federal, State, and University policies.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: General Definitions and Conditions of Misconduct- Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 20, 2015

    The University defines harassment as conduct that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it so undermines and detracts from a student’s educational experience or creates a hostile environment and essentially denies a student equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities. Conduct over social media that rises to this level is prohibited. Harassment, as defined above, is not protected by the First Amendment.

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  • Student Handbook: General Definitions and Conditions of Misconduct- Interference and Infringement

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 20, 2015

    As an academic community, Western State College is committed to the open exchange of ideas where all views, popular and unpopular, can be freely advocated.

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  • Student Handbook: Anti-Discrimination Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 20, 2015

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal and physical conduct based on sex when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially and unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.

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  • Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 20, 2015

    Sexual Harassment is:

    • Unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, without regard to the gender of the Complainant and Respondent;
    • That is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying, or limiting someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from WSCU’s educational program or activities, or work activities, and;
    • The unwelcome behavior is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.

    A hostile environment is created by unwelcome sexual behavior or behavior directed at an individual because of that individual’s sex, gender or sexual orientation that is offensive, hostile and/or intimidating and that adversely affects that individual’s university work/learning/living/program performance. Harassing conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive/persistent and patently/objectively offensive that it substantially interferes with the conditions of education or employment, from both a subjective (the alleged victim’s) and an objective (reasonable person’s) viewpoint.

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