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|Public or Private:||Private|
|Federal Circuit:||Sixth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Marvin Krislov
Cox Administration Building, Room 201
70 North Professor Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
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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 Regulations, Policies, and Procedures: Code of Conduct- Harassment 12-13
Student Regulations, Policies, and Procedures: Sexual Offense Policy and Procedures 12-13
performance or that creates an environment that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, or
gender, sexuality, gender identity, or sexual orientation
of persons in a manner that prevents or impairs an individual's full enjoyment of educational or
occupational benefits or opportunities. Enjoyment of
educational or occupational benefits is to be interpreted
broadly. Consequently, a sexual offense may occur on or
off campus as long as it affects the campus community.
inappropriate to the academic or employment
setting - for example, unwelcome or irrelevant
comments, gestures, or touching - that may reasonably be perceived as a sexual overture or
sexual denigration. This includes making known to
other people a person's sexual orientation without
his/her consent, and with the intent to denigrate
that person sexually.
Student Regulations, Policies, and Procedures: Oberlin College Policy on Discrimination and Harassment 12-13
oral, graphic, or written) related to one [race, color, sex, marital status, religion,
creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran
status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an
employee of Oberlin College, and gender identity and
expression] listed above that is sufficiently severe, persistent
or pervasive so as to (a) interfere substantially with a
person’s work or education or (b) create an environment
that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, or
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Student Regulations, Policies, and Procedures: Introduction 12-13
the Oberlin College community to learn and benefit from
the ideas of others, our attachment to the principles of
free speech should also be tempered by a substantial
degree of respect for all members of the community.
Moreover, the exercise of free speech does not extend to
language that is intimidating or harassing to individuals
or that creates a hostile environment for particular
members of the community.
Student Regulations, Policies, and Procedures: General Posting Policy 12-13
public viewing must have the sponsoring
department, student organization, College
committee or individual name clearly displayed.
This includes: flyers, posters, table tents, etc.
In accordance with the Student Bill of Rights,
"members of the College are expected to take
responsibility for their expressions; anonymous
expressions are inimical to the free and open
exchange of ideas."
Internet Usage Policies
Student Regulations, Policies, and Procedures: Policy for the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources 12-13
any electronic mail, bulletin board, or
communications system, either local or remote,
by sending rude, obscene, or harassing messages
(including chain letters) or by using these systems
for nonessential purposes during times when the
computers are in heavy demand. Account holders should identify themselves clearly and accurately in all electronic communications, i.e., no anonymous postings. Unofficial mass
e-mailings (i.e., spam) are prohibited.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Regulations, Policies, and Procedures: Student Bill of Rights 12-13
protect free inquiry and the open exchange of facts,
ideas, and opinions. Students are free to take exception
to views offered in courses of study and to reserve
judgment about debatable issues.
in which free inquiry and free expression are
and the greater public communities. The College
supports students in the exercise of their civil rights
and the free exchange of ideas.
Student Regulations, Policies, and Procedures: Faculty Statement on Freedom of Speech and Expression 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.