University of Virginia
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Fourth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Teresa A Sullivan
University of Virginia
Office of the President
P.O. Box 400224
Charlottesville, VA 22904
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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)
Policy: Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment 12-13
Internet Usage Policies
Responsible Computing Handbook for Students: Threats to Your On-Line Safety and Security 12-13
seriousness - from "outlaws." Such outlaws (both within our community and outside
*post messages that threaten other people
Students who do these things at the University of Virginia may lose computing
privileges and be subject to suspension or expulsion from the University. They might
even be subject to prosecution under state and federal laws.
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Bias Reporting Web Site 12-13
"A bias complaint is a report of a threat or act of harassment or intimidation -- verbal, written or physical -- which is personally directed against or targets a University of Virginia student because of that student's race, age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or veteran status."
This definition is used for reporting and statistical purposes only. It carries no independent sanctioning weight or authority.
The University encourages prompt reporting of bias complaints so that it can evaluate the alleged facts for possible violation(s) of University policy, including the Standards of Conduct, and refer such complaints to law enforcement when an independent investigation for violation(s) of criminal law may be warranted.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Vice President for Student Affairs: Student Rights and Responsibilities 12-13
Bias Reporting Web Site: What is Bias 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 December 2012. 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.