Valdosta State University
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Eleventh Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President William J McKinney
Valdosta State University
1500 N Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698
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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)
Anti-Harassment Policy 12-13
sexual nature, when: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual's work or
educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working and/or
learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from an
educational program or activity.
may include inappropriate/unnecessary touching or rubbing against another, sexually
suggestive or degrading jokes or comments, remarks of a sexual nature about one's clothing
and/or body, preferential treatment in exchange for sexual activity, and the inappropriate
display of sexually explicit pictures, text, printed materials, or objects that do not serve an
4. A pattern of conduct, which can be subtle in nature that has sexual overtones and is intended
to create or has the effect of creating discomfort and/or that, humiliates another. 5. Remarks speculating about a person's sexual activities or sexual history, or remarks about
one's own sexual activities or sexual history that does not serve a medical or academic purpose.
Free Speech Zones
Student Handbook: General Public Forum Venue Policy 12-13
and provides numerous opportunities for free speech. Examples of free speech opportunities include, but are not limited to uncensored: plays, lectures, entertainment, classroom
discussions, concerts, art exhibitions and student sponsored
programs and activities, which take place at various venues
including classrooms, auditoria, and the campus green. Individuals may wish to engage in public discussion or debate
outside of these activities. Valdosta State university provides
a public forum venue for this purpose. Valdosta State University reserves the right to regulate the time, manner and place
of public activities on its campus in accordance with the law.
The primary Public Forum Venue is the stage on the Palms
Quadrangle on main campus, which is located next to the
primary student dining facility and several student residence
halls. Valdosta State may designate an alternative area(s) to
accommodate large crowds or other special needs.
To avoid conflicts in scheduling, reservation requests for the
Public Forum Venue are made through the Dean of Students
Office, in consultation with the Event Services Office. a two
day notice is required for requesting this space. Areas will
be assigned on a first come first serve basis.
Internet Usage Policies
Information Resources Acceptable Use Policy 12-13
Student Handbook: Non-Academic Conduct Code - Inappropriate Use of University Computing Facilities 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.