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|Public or Private:||Private|
|Federal Circuit:||First Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Clayton Spencer
Office of the President
Lane Hall, Room 204
Lewiston, ME 04240
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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)
Code of Student Conduct: Actions Against Persons 13-14
This includes acts of intimidation, stalking, confrontation, verbal slurs, insults or taunts, physical force or threat of physical force made with the intention of causing fear, intimidation, ridicule, humiliation, disparagement, disruption to the educational environ-ment, or damage to property. Such acts may be committed in person, by proxy, via telephone or cell phone, via text message, or any electronic means including social networking websites.
Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures 13-14
and comments in person, by proxy, via telephone or cell phone, text message,
email or any other electronic means including social networking websites that
(1) was unwelcome to the recipient; (2) is based on sex or gender stereotypes;
and (3) is so severe or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with a
person’s academic performance or equal opportunity to participate in or
benefit from College programs or activities.
* oral, physical, written or pictorial communications relating to sexual activity, which have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or which create a hostile, offensive or intimidating atmosphere for the recipient;
* unwelcome and irrelevant comments, references, gestures, or other forms of personal attention which are inappropriate to the academic or employment setting -- for example, the classroom or office -- and which may reasonably be perceived as sexual overtures or denigration ....
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Diversity and Inclusion: What is a Hate Crime 13-14
Examples of bias incidents include hate speech, gay bashing, racist epithets, religious slurs, sexist jokes or cartoons, hate mail, offensive graffiti, or disparaging remarks on social media sites. Such incidents create a socially divisive atmosphere for members of the community targeted and negatively affect the campus climate.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Faculty Handbook 13-14
and convictions. Critical thinking, rigorous analysis,
and open discussion of a full range of ideas lie at the
heart of the College's mission as an institution of
higher learning. The College seeks to encourage
inquiry and reasoned dialogue in a climate of mutual
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in July 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.