Franklin & Marshall College
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|Public or Private:||Private|
|Federal Circuit:||Third Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Daniel R Porterfield
Franklin & Marshall College
Office of the President
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604
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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)
College Life Manual: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy 12-13
Prohibited behaviors, when severe or pervasive and which have the effect of discriminating against
and/or intimidating a College employee or student, can include: ... Verbal Harassment or Abuse-- comments, questioning, innuendos, or jokes of a lewd or sexual nature; derogatory comments referencing gender or sex; unwelcome sexual advances, propositions,
requests or demands for sexual favors, threats; Visual Harassment or Abuse-- displaying, posting, advertising, or distributing offensive, indecent, or
abusive material of a sexual nature; leering or making obscene gestures; ... displaying offensive objects or "knick-knacks" of a sexual nature; ... telling "off color" jokes or making derogatory comments about gender or sexual orientation ....
considered a violation of this policy.
but which refers to gender in a demeaning or insulting way is inappropriate in the College workplace and is prohibited.
College Life Manual: Student Code- Harassment or Intimidation 12-13
to commit crimes against persons or their property and other conduct intended
to cause inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm. Conduct likely to constitute
harassment and/or intimidation includes but is not limited to exhibiting,
distributing, posting, or advertising publicly offensive, indecent, or abusive
matter concerning any person or group of persons in the College community;
employing racial, sexual, ethnic, sexual orientation, religious, or personal
slurs or epithets ....
College Life Manual: Declaration of Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities 12-13
will be removed, as will all messages, regardless of content, that appear
in prohibited locations or that fail to comply with other relevant restrictions.
Internet Usage Policies
Information Technology Services: Acceptable Use Policy 12-13
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
College Life Manual: Freedom of Inquiry and Expression 12-13
discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and
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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.