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FREE SPEECH POLICYEdit

College/University supports every individual’s right to freedom of expression consistent with the forum (area of campus) in which the expression is made. College/University also recognizes the importance of fostering a culture of tolerance and civility that is a cornerstone for the accomplishment of its educational goals.

Within the classroom, visual and/or aural demonstrations, depictions or conduct that may be offensive to an individual will not be restricted when there is a legitimate pedagogical context, such as material having an appropriate connection to course subject matter. Similarly, campus discourse on topics of political, artistic or social issues that are conducted consistent with the nature of the forum and reasonable institutional limitations (registration to use space, time, place and manner regulations, etc.) that are clear and unambiguous will be supported.

Expression that is severe, persistent, and objectively offensive, that is directed toward an individual based upon that individual’s protected status (e.g., sex/gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability or age) and has the effect of limiting or deny educational or employment access, benefits or opportunities is not a protected form of speech or expression, and can form the basis of a violation of the campus harassment, bullying or discrimination policies. Other limitations on free speech include: endangering someone or threatening them; inciting violence; using “fighting words” directed at an individual or group that directly provoke violence; defamation; obscenity; and expression that has a discriminatory effect such that it limits or denies someone’s educational or employment access, benefits and/or opportunities.