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|Public or Private:||Private|
|Federal Circuit:||First Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Biddy Martin
Office of the President
103 Converse Hall AC# 2208
P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002
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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: College Council Statement on Sexual Harassment 12-13
Sexual harassment occurs when one person attempts to coerce another into a sexual relationship or to punish a refusal to respond or comply with sexual advances. Attempts to subject a person to unwanted attention of a sexual character, sexual slurs or derogatory language directed at another person's sexuality or gender also can be forms of sexual harassment. Thus, sexual harassment can include a wide range of behavior, from the actual coercing of sexual relations to the forcing of sexual attentions, verbal or physical, on a non-consenting individual. It is also possible that sexual harassment can occur unintentionally when behavior of a sexual nature has the effect of creating a hostile environment. In some cases, sexual harassment is obvious and may involve an overt action, a threat or reprisal. In other instances, sexual harassment is subtle and indirect, with a coercive aspect that is unstated.
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Amherst College Honor Code- Statement on Respect for Persons 12-13
Internet Usage Policies
Student Handbook: Examples of Violations to the Honor Code 12-13
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Handbook: Amherst College Honor Code- Statement of Rights 12-13
The right to engage in the free exchange of ideas.
The right to protest and to dissent in a peaceable manner and to join with others in other non-violent forms of common action.
The right to complain of injustice and to bring grievances to the appropriate offices of the College without fear of retaliation.
Student Handbook: Amherst College Honor Code- Statement of Freedom of Expression and Dissent 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 November 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.