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|Public or Private:||Private|
|Federal Circuit:||First Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Biddy Martin
Office of the President
103 Converse Hall AC# 2208
P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002
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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)
Amherst College Sexual Misconduct Policy 13-14
* Unwanted or inappropriate sexual innuendo, propositions, sexual attention or suggestive comments and gestures; humor and jokes about sex or gender-specific traits; sexual slurs or derogatory language directed at another person’s sexuality or gender; insults and threats based on sex or gender; and other oral, written or electronic communications of a sexual nature that an individual communicates is unwanted and unwelcome; ... Non-academic display or circulation of written materials or pictures degrading to an individual(s) or gender group (It is expected that instructors will offer appropriate warning regarding the introduction of explicit and triggering materials used in the classroom.); ... *Demeaning verbal or other expressive behavior of a sexual or gendered nature in instructional settings; and Acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping. Harassment for exhibiting what is perceived as a stereotypical characteristic for one’s sex, or for failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity and femininity, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of the harasser or target.
Sexual Respect and Title IX: Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Information 13-14
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Amherst College Honor Code- Statement on Respect for Persons 13-14
Internet Usage Policies
Student Handbook: Examples of Violations to the Honor Code 13-14
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Handbook: Amherst College Honor Code- Statement of Rights 13-14
The right to engage in the free exchange of ideas.
The right to protest and to dissent in a peaceable manner and to join with others in other non-violent forms of common action.
The right to complain of injustice and to bring grievances to the appropriate offices of the College without fear of retaliation.
Student Handbook: Amherst College Honor Code- Statement of Freedom of Expression and Dissent 13-14
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in November 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.