Winston-Salem State University

Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Winston-Salem 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
  • WSSU Student Handbook 2020: Racial Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 22, 2021

    Racial harassment is any behavior that would verbally or physically threaten, torment, badger, heckle, or persecute an individual because of his or her race. Racial harassment of university faculty, staff, students, or visitors is prohibited and shall subject the offender to appropriate disciplinary action. Read More
  • Students’ Code of Conduct: Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 22, 2021

    Sexual Harassment. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic envi... Read More
  • Students’ Code of Conduct: Infliction or Threat or Bodily Harm

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: January 22, 2021

    Infliction or Threat or Bodily Harm. … Subjecting another individual, whether intentionally or unintentionally, in activity likely to cause physical injury, mental distress, or personal indignities of a highly offensive nature; … Read More
  • General University Policies: Outdoor Assemblies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: January 22, 2021

    Anyone who wishes to sponsor or organize an assembly or public address much contact the Director of Student Activities at 336-750-3350 for an application and permit. The application must be received at least 3 business days before the proposed time and date of event. Read More
  • General University Policies: Cyber Bullying Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: January 22, 2021

    Cyber Bullying: activity that deliberately threatens, harasses, and/or intimidates an individual, places an individual in reasonable fear of harm to the individual or damage to the individual’s property; or has the effect of sustainably disrupting the orderly operation of the individual’s daily life via the use of e... Read More
  • General University Policies: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 22, 2021

    Sexual Harassment and Prohibited Conduct is conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education progra... Read More
  • General University Policies: Outdoor Assemblies- Policy Statement

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: January 22, 2021

    Freedom of speech is one the most cherished tradition of the academic community. A community of scholars cannot pursue truth without the ability to publish critical information. One of the most important responsibilities of Winston-Salem State University is to protect the right of expression in a manner that does no... 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

  • 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