Wichita State University

Location: Wichita, Kansas
Website: http://www.wichita.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Wichita 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Housing and Residence Life Handbook: Common Areas

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    Residents using public areas should be dressed appropriately, refrain from any behavior which
    might prove offensive to others, conduct themselves in an orderly manner, and respect the rights of others.

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  • Housing and Residence Life Handbook: Personalizing Your Room

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    Pictures and other materials that may be considered objectionable are not to be displayed in areas that may be visible outside a residence hall room/suite/apartment (including viewed from outside of room through window or door). Incidents will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Policies and Procedures: 8.05 / Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, bullying, stalking, domestic violence, retaliation, discrimination and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person is prohibited.

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  • Policies and Procedures: 8.05 / Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    Violations of these ethical standards and unauthorized or inappropriate use of computers is prohibited. Such use includes but is not limited to: … Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages.

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  • Policies and Procedures: 8.05 / Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    Harassment, an intentional act, or series of acts, which is extreme or outrageous, or calculated to cause severe embarrassment, humiliation, shame or fright, or which is intended to intimidate or ridicule is prohibited. To constitute harassment, the conduct must be of such a nature that a reasonable person would not tolerate it.

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  • Policies and Procedures: 11.13 / Use of University Campus by University Groups for First Amendment Activities

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    Notification of intent to be on campus to engage in first amendment activities (hereinafter “the Event”) shall be provided to the University Police Department no later than seventy-two (72) hours prior to the Event … If more than forty (40) people are expected to participate in the Event, the Event must be held in one or more of the areas shown on the attached map (hereinafter “the Limited Public Forum”). (Note to readers of this policy on the World Wide Web: Copies of the map of “Limited Public Forums” can be picked up at University Police headquarters.)

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  • Policies and Procedures: 19.01 / Acceptable Use

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    The use of the University’s computing and information technology resources to send, upload, download, post, transmit or store … profane, libelous, threatening, intimidating or other unlawful messages is specifically prohibited.

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  • Policies and Procedures: 11.10 / Poster/Flyer Policy for University Grounds and Facilities

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    Posters/flyers shall … contain appropriate print and content for the University community. … Posters/flyers not posted in accordance with this policy will be removed by University employees.

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  • Policies and Procedures: 8.05 / Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    Examples of disruptive behavior include but are not limited to: … use of obscene or abusive language, loud or unreasonable noise.

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  • Policies and Procedures: 3.06 / Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, including Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    “Sexual Harassment” is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual violence. Sexual harassment can involve persons of the same or opposite sex. Sexual harassment can take two forms: 1) quid pro quo and 2) hostile environment.

    Hostile environment harassment occurs when:

    a. Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance; or

    b. The unwelcome conduct creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive working or educational environment.

    Examples of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that may contribute to a hostile environment or constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

    a. Sexual teasing, jokes, or innuendo in the office or academic environment;

    b. Spreading rumors or rating persons as to sexual activity or performance;

    c. Physical contact or conduct, such as touching or making sexually explicit gestures;

    d. Suggestive statements about an individual’s body, clothes, or movements, or statements based on gender-based stereotypes; or

    e. Requests or demands for sexual activity.

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Green Light Policies
  • Policies and Procedures: 8.11 / Prohibiting Sexual Harassment of Students

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    Sexual harassment is defined in terms of unwelcome conduct (sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, written or spoken sexual expressions, physical behavior of a sexual nature) under any of the following circumstances: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment.

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  • Wichita State Drops Viewpoint Discrimination in Student Fee Funding

    March 6, 2012

    There’s some good news out of Wichita State University (WSU), which recently had decided to enact a rule that prohibited any “non-scholarly religious” student group from receiving student fee funding. The good news is that WSU has now un-enacted that rule. The reasoning usually offered for this type of rule is that it is intended to prevent religious groups from using student fee money to advocate for their religion on campus, or to engage in worship or other activities to which others might object. But when these rules are confined to only religious student groups (as opposed to groups engaged […]

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