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: Title IX Definitions and Policy Violations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 27, 2020

    Sexual Harassment Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to: • Repeatedly pressuring another person for sexual activity; • Making sexist remarks about an individuals clothing, body or sexual activities; • Unnecessary touching, patting or pinching another person; • Demanding sex from a subordi... 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: August 27, 2020

    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: August 27, 2020

    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: August 27, 2020

    Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in the Conduct Procedures. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. … Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including but not limited to:… verbal abuse. ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: University Policies- Leafleting Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 27, 2020

    The sale or solicitation of goods or services including leafletting and those contracted by Worcester State University and/or the Board of Trustees, may occur on the WSU campus when authorized, sponsored and supervised by a recognized student organization or by an official organization recognized as being affiliated... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: August 27, 2020

    Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in the Conduct Procedures. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. … 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: August 27, 2020

    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: August 27, 2020

    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: August 27, 2020

    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, edu... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Introduction

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 27, 2020

    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
  • Worcester State University: Denial of Recognition of Turning Point USA

    April 21, 2020

    In February 2020, Worcester State University students Anthony Winship and Alvin Marchena appeared before the Student Government Association on behalf of their proposed student organization, a student chapter of Turning Point USA. After the presentation, they fielded questions from student senators concerning their views and the views of the national organization. On March 5, the… Read more