Wake Forest University
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|Public or Private:||Private|
|Federal Circuit:||Fourth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Nathan O Hatch
Wake Forest University
211 Reynolda Hall
Winston Salem, NC 27109
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On this page, FIRE has excerpted policies that address speech and expression. You may download the full policy in .pdf form, below.
Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Verbal Abuse and/or Harassment 12-13
derogatory language that abuses or defames
another person. Harassment is any action,
verbal or nonverbal, that annoys or disturbs
another person or that causes another person
to be reasonably apprehensive or endangers
the health or safety of another person.
Student Handbook: Sexual Misconduct 12-13
does not need to be directed at or to a
specific student in order to constitute
sexual harassment, but may consist of generalized unwelcome and inappropriate comments based on sex or gender
that includes verbal, written, or physical behavior of a sexual nature, directed at someone,
or against a particular group, because of that
person’s or group’s sex, or based on gender
stereotypes, when that behavior is unwelcome
and meets either of the following criteria: ... 2. The behavior has the purpose or effect of
substantially interfering with the student’s
work or educational performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning
environment for employment, education,
on-campus living, or participation in a
University activity. Examples of this type
of sexual harassment can include:
(a) persistent unwelcome efforts to
develop a romantic or sexual
(b) unwelcome sexual advances or
requests for sexual favors;
(c) unwelcome commentary about an
individual’s body or sexual activities;
(d) repeated and unwelcome sexually oriented teasing, joking, or flirting;
(e) verbal abuse of a sexual nature.
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Bullying/Cyberbullying 12-13
agree that bullying involves: ... Repetition: incidents of bullying happen
to the same the person over and over by
the same person or group.
* Verbal: name-calling, teasing
* Social: spreading rumors, leaving people
out on purpose, breaking up friendships
* Physical: hitting, punching, shoving
* Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies
to harm others
Student Handbook: Campus Posting 12-13
posted on campus must be sponsored by a
recognized student organization or University department or otherwise be approved in
advance by the associate dean of campus life.
must be in good taste, consistent with
University policies, and must not contain
sexist, racist, profane or derogatory remarks,
or nudity. In addition, messages that contain
abusive language, threats, fighting words, or
obscenities will be removed. The University
retains the right to deny posting of any
materials on campus. Violators may be subject
to fines and/or disciplinary procedures.
Guide to Community Living: Room Displays 12-13
national elections, the University permits the display of signs endorsing candidates for office for a 10-day period before the day of
elections. Students should be trusted to use their good judgment
in complying with this exception.
that the display of certain items may be considered offensive and
disrespectful to some community members, the University requires
the use of discretion concerning the content of the pictures, posters,
or written materials displayed in rooms and hallways. Residents possessing any materials that the University deems questionable may be
asked to remove such items.
Internet Usage Policies
Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Misuse of Online Resources 12-13
monitor students’ use of computing resources, any information brought to the attention
of University officials about the misuse of
online resources, including social networking
sites, may be pursued through the University’s
undergraduate judicial system. Examples of
such behavior include, but are not limited to,
harassment and threats toward individuals or
property, photographs portraying inappropriate or illegal situations, misrepresentation of
Other Speech Codes
Student Handbook: Judicial and Social Regulations & Policies - Introduction 12-13
of the University, the conduct of a student at
any place is reprehensible or detrimental to
the best interests of that student, his or her
fellow students, or the University, appropriate
disciplinary action will be taken.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Wake Forest College: Vision and Mission 12-13
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in March 2013. According to FIRE’s research the substantive policies are current at least until this date. Directory information, including the name of the president of the college or university, may have been updated more recently. If any policy has been revised, or if you believe that we are in error, please contact us.