Worcester State University

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Website: http://www.worcester.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Worcester State University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.

Red Light Policies

  • Massachusetts Board of Higher Education: Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2016

    Examples of discriminatory harassment, all of which are prohibited by this Policy, include, but are not limited to: …

    • Directing epithets, slurs, derogatory comments, unwelcome jokes or stories at an individual or group because of that person or persons’ membership in a protected class.
    • Displaying hostile, derogatory and/or intimidating symbols/objects, such as offensive posters, cartoons, bulletins, drawings, photographs, magazines, written articles or stories, screen savers, or electronic communications, to an individual or group because of that person or persons’ membership in a protected class.

     

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: February 16, 2016

    Conduct unbecoming of a member of the WSU Community….

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  • Network Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2016

    WSU at any time may make determinations that particular uses are not consistent with the purposes of the WSU network.

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  • Title IX: Definitions

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2016

    Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome verbal, non-verbal, and/or physical behavior of a sexual nature when … such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2016

    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 community that has the effect of:
    * Causing physical or emotional harm to the other student or damage to the other student’s property
    * Placing the other student in reasonable fear of harm to him/herself or of damage to his/her property
    * Creating a hostile environment at school for the other student
    * Infringing on the rights of the other student on campus
    * Materially and substantially disrupting the education process or the orderly operation of Worcester State.
    * Bullying through the use of technology or any electronic means (cyberbullying.)

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2016

    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 applies.

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  • Student Handbook: University Policies- Leafleting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2016

    The Student Government Association has prohibited solicitation by leafleting except when approved by the Student Senate or a recognized Worcester State office.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Glossary

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2016

    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 an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment based on gender.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Civility

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: February 16, 2016

    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 implied or verbal or written) any form of bigotry, harassment, intimidation, or physical or psychological threat. This applies equally to residents and staff of residence halls, guests, visitors, and other members of the community.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Introduction

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 16, 2016

    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.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.