Civil Rights Related Policies: General Policy Statement 12-13

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As an institution of higher learning, Claremont McKenna College has a profound
commitment to the free expression and testing of ideas -- whether or not those ideas are controversial or
unpopular --for such freedoms are essential to the search for truth, the central purpose of any institution of
higher learning. The College’s commitment to freedom of speech generally, and to the particular ideals
associated with academic freedom, requires that the advocacy of ideas in instruction, by both faculty and
students, be protected, and requires the College to protect the rights of its faculty and students to pursue
controversial, provocative, and unpopular topics and ideas in their teaching, learning, and research.
Moreover, rights of free speech and expression are not only at the core of the College’s mission, they are also
protected by state and federal law, which limit when offensive speech or expressive conduct may be

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