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|Public or Private:||Private|
|Federal Circuit:||Third Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Daniel H Weiss
Office of the President
316 Markle Hall
Easton, PA 18042
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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: Lafayette College Policy on Sexual Harassment 12-13
sexual advance, unwelcome request for sexual favors, or other
unwelcome expressive, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual
nature, when: ... 3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably
interfering with an individual's work, educational
performance, or status; or
4. such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile
environment. (A "hostile environment" is one which is
permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule,
offensiveness, or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to
interfere with an individual's academic or work performance).
must be subjectively perceived by the complainant, and that
perception must be reasonable for a person in the complainant's
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Code of Conduct - Introductory Statement 12-13
to exhibiting maturity and self-control, students and student
organizations are expected to so conduct themselves that they cause
no physical, emotional, or mental harm to others; that they neither
break laws nor contribute to the delinquency of others; and that
they do not destroy property. Participation in any activity that
harms or demeans others may lead to dismissal of individuals and
dissolution of groups.
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Division of Student Life: Bias Response Team 12-13
Other Speech Codes
Student Handbook: Solicitation and Distribution of Literature Policy 12-13
3. All literature or information disseminated must clearly state the name of the sponsoring organization or of the individual student distributing the material.
4. Distribution must occur in such a manner as to avoid friction and confrontation. Distribution must be passive in nature and not on a 'hand to hand' basis.
Requests for permission to distribute literature should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Handbook: Statement on the Rights and Responsibilities of Students 12-13
discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions
publicly and privately. They are free to support causes by orderly
means, including any means of peaceful assembly or advocacy,
which do not interfere with or disrupt the operations of the
academic community. As citizens they enjoy the same rights-for
example, freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and right of
petition-and obligations that other citizens enjoy ....
to the attainment of the goals of Lafayette College.
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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.