University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Seventh Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||Chancellor Joe Gow
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
135 Graff Main Hall
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
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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)
University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents: Policies- Racist and Other Discriminatory Conduct Policy 11-12
... 3. verbal assaults based on ethnicity, such as name calling, racial slurs, or "jokes" that demean a victim's color, culture or history.
Living On Handbook: General Hall Policies- Assault/Harassment 11-12
UW-La Crosse Sexual Harassment Policy Statement 11-12
A. A University employee or student behaves toward another employee or student in any of the following ways:
1. making sexual advances, or
2. requesting sexual favors, or
3. making physical contacts commonly understood to be of a sexual nature, or
4. addressing sexually demeaning comments or gestures to a specific person or group of persons, or
5. attempting to punish or penalize a person or persons for rejection or objecting to such behavior, and if B. The conduct occurs under the following circumstances:
1. a. the conduct is unwanted by the person(s) to whom it is directed, and
b. the person responsible for the action knew or a reasonable person would clearly have understood that the conduct was unwanted; and
c. because of its flagrant or repetitious nature, conduct either
i. seriously interferes with the work or learning performance of the person(s) to whom the conduct was directed; or
ii. makes the university work or learning environment intimidating or hostile or demeaning to a person of average sensibilities; or
2. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment; or
3. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting the individual.
Living On Handbook: General Hall Policies- Posters/Signs 11-12
Internet Usage Policies
Student Handbook: UWS 18 Conduct on University Lands- Computer Use 11-12
Responsible Use of Computing Resources 11-12
Do not send abusive, offensive or patently unwanted material to others. Do not cause the work of others to be disrupted by your actions.
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Hate Incident Report Form 11-12
Any non-criminal act motivated, in whole or in part, by the victim's actual or perceived race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability.
UW-L views hate incidents and all manifestations of prejudice or intolerance as antithetical to our mission as a university and a community, and as a threat to each individual's right to a safe learning and working environment. Therefore, all such incidents have to be addressed appropriately, which depends on the nature of the incident, the people involved, the location of the incident. Submitting this form will help us better understand our campus climate and help create an environment where everyone feels welcome.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in July 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.