University of Texas at El Paso
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Fifth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Diana S Natalicio
University of Texas at El Paso
500 West University Avenue
El Paso, TX 79968
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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)
Handbook of Operating Procedures: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct- Sexual Misconduct 12-13
Handbook of Operating Procedures: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct- Examples 12-13
a. physical contact of a sexual nature, including touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person's body;
b. explicit or implicit propositions of offers to engage in sexual activity;
c. comments of a sexual nature, including sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes;
d. remarks of a sexual nature about a person's clothing or body;
e. remarks about sexual activity;
f. speculation about sexual experience; exposure to sexually-oriented graffiti, pictures, posters, or materials ....
Handbook of Operating Procedures: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct- Definitions 12-13
Handbook of Operating Procedures: Speech, Expression and Assembly- Prohibited Expression 12-13
a. personally describes or is personally directed to one or more specific individuals; and
b. is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the victim's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the University; and
c. is not necessary to the expression of any idea described in paragraph 18.104.22.168.1 below.
22.214.171.124.1 To make an argument for or against the substance of any political, religious, philosophical, ideological, or academic idea is not verbal harassment, even if some listeners are offended by the argument or idea. The categories of sexually harassing speech set forth in Section V: Human Resources and Equal Opportunity of this Handbook are rarely, if ever, necessary to argue for or against the substance of any political, religious, philosophical, ideological, or academic idea.
Internet Usage Policies
Acceptable Use Policy 12-13
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Handbook of Operating Procedures: Speech, Expression and Assembly- General Rule on Public Assemblies 12-13
Handbook of Operating Procedures: Speech, Expression, and Assembly- Governing Principles 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 April 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.