Worcester State University

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Worcester 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
  • Student Code of Conduct: Glossary

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 21, 2019

    Gender-Based Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on a person’s actual or perceived sex, including conduct based on gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes, is prohibited when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with ... Read More
  • Massachusetts Board of Higher Education: Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan- Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 21, 2019

    Discriminatory harassment. A form of unlawful discrimination including verbal and/or physical conduct based on legally protected characteristics and/or membership in a protected class that: 1. has the purpose or effect of creating an objectively intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment; 2. ... Read More
  • Residence Hall Handbook: Civility

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: May 21, 2019

    As a resident student at Worcester State, you will maintain integrity in all of your relationships and respect the dignity and value the worth of all persons. At no time will you physically, mentally, psychologically, or sexually abuse any member of the community, nor will you participate in or condone (directly or ... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 21, 2019

    Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including but not limited to:… verbal abuse. Create an intimidating, hostile or demeaning environment for education, Worcester State University-related work, activities on premises or off-campus where Worcester State University jurisdiction... Read More
  • Student Handbook: University Policies- Leafleting Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: May 21, 2019

    The Student Government Association has prohibited solicitation by leafleting except when approved by the Student Senate or a recognized Worcester State office. Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: May 21, 2019

    Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in the Conduct Policies. … Conduct unbecoming of a member of the WSU Community … Read More
  • Network Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 21, 2019

    WSU at any time may make determinations that particular uses are not consistent with the purposes of the WSU network. Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: May 21, 2019

    Bullying, defined as the severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another student or a member of the Worcester State University community that has the effect of: • Causing physical or emotional ... Read More
  • Title IX: Definitions

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 21, 2019

    Sexual harassment occurs in a variety of situations which share a common element: the inappropriate introduction of sexual attention or comments into the work or learning situation. Often sexual harassment involves relationships of unequal power and contains elements of coercion, as when compliance with requests for... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Introduction

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 21, 2019

    In addition to the basic rights granted by the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, members of the Worcester State University community share some other rights crucial for the conduct of free inquiry that is central to Worcester State University’s mission. Read More
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