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|Federal Circuit:||First Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Joseph Aoun
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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)
Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity: Sexual Harassment Policy- What is Sexual Harassment? 12-13
Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Abuse of Others 12-13
b. Harassment (defined as repeated and/or continuing behavior), coercion, or intimidation
of an individual or group, either directly and/or indirectly or on the basis of race,
color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran
c. Bullying, defined as the repeated use of written, verbal or electronic expression and/
or communication and/or a verbal, electronic or physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a member of the University community that (i) causes
physical, psychological and/or emotional harm to a University community member or
damage to his/her property; (ii) places a University community member in reasonable
fear of harm to him/herself or damage to his/her property; or (iii) creates a hostile,
threatening, intimidating, humiliating or abusive environment [at the University] for
a University community member or substantially interferes with his/her educational
performance, opportunities or benefits. For purposes of this section, bullying may
include, but is not limited to: social exclusion or isolation, humiliation or degradation,
threats, intimidation, harassment, stalking, theft and/or damage/destruction of property,
or the perpetuation of any of the conduct listed in this section by inciting, soliciting or
coercing others to demean, embarrass, humiliate, or cause emotional, psychological
or physical harm to a member of the University community.
Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity: Sexual Harassment Policy- Examples of Sexual Harassment 12-13
# Sexual jokes in the classroom or workplace
# Physical gestures such as stroking your hair or arm, massaging your shoulders, kissing you or rubbing, touching or brushing against your body
# Verbal harassment such as the use of names like "broad," "bitch," "bimbo" when referring to a specific woman or to women in general ....
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Disorderly Conduct 12-13
disruptive behavior in the classroom, public urination, yelling, or use of profanity.
Internet Usage Policies
Appropriate Use Policy 12-13
Harass, threaten, defame, slander, or intimidate any individual or group; Generate and/or spread intolerant or hateful material, which in the sole judgment of
the University is directed against any individual or group, based on race, religion,
national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status,
genetic makeup, or disability; Transmit or make accessible material, which in the sole judgment of the University is
offensive, violent, pornographic, annoying, or harassing, including use of
Northeastern information systems to access and/or distribute obscene or sexually
explicit material unrelated to University-sanctioned work or bona fide scholarship ....
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Bias Incident Response Protocol 12-13
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- General Expectations 12-13
and are bound by the same responsibilities as all citizens.
Student Handbook: Demonstrations 12-13
rights of all members of the University community to express their views and to protest actions
or opinions with which there is disagreement. A university is where individuals express
diverse ideas and viewpoints in an atmosphere free of any physical force.
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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.