A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.
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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 for Religious Conduct 13-14
All persons associated with religious groups and organizations are expected to abide by the Wellesley College honor code's definition of harassment. Harassment may be considered to include: ... any attempt to induce someone to drop a religious affiliation in favor of another.
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Student Handbook: Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation 13-14
Depending upon the circumstances and how they impact the workplace or academic environment, examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to such conduct as the following: verbal abuse, insults, jokes, comments or innuendo of a sexual nature that include lewd, obscene or sexually suggestive displays or remarks ....
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work, academic performance, education, or participation in College programs or activities, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, work or academic environment.
Depending upon the circumstances and how they impact the workplace or academic environment, examples of unlawful discrimination could include the above-referenced examples concerning sexual harassment, as well as the following types of conduct: ... Verbal abuse, offensive innuendo or derogatory words, concerning a person’s race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic or national origin, disability, veterans’ status, or any other protected status ....
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Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Wellesley College Honor Code 13-14
As a Wellesley College student, I will act with honesty, integrity, and respect. In making this commitment, I am accountable to the community and dedicate myself to a life of honor.
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Internet Usage Policies
Policy Governing the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources 13-14
Users are prohibited from using information technology resources in a manner that is construed by another as hateful, threatening or harassing, or that otherwise might contribute to the creation of a hostile academic or work environment.
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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.