Albright College

Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.albright.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

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  • Albright College: Assault on Academic Freedom to Criticize Administration

    September 12, 2001

    Albright College unjustly brought charges of “professional unfitness” (read, courage) and “moral turpitude” (read, principle) against Professor of Communication Achal Mehra because of his criticism of school President Henry Zeman. Mehra found himself the object of bizarre charges and yet more bizarre campus judicial proceedings, all aimed at silencing his voice and stripping him of his tenure. In a great victory for freedom of speech, fundamental fairness, decency, and academic freedom, Albright College dropped all charges due to FIRE’s extensive involvement in the case. Mehra thanked FIRE for being “a source of inspiration and practical support in fighting back these […]

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Red Light Policies

  • The Compass Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual harassment in the workplace or
    campus/community is strictly prohibited. This includes, but it is
    not limited to, unwelcome and offensive sexual flirtations,
    unwelcome advances or propositions, verbal abuse of a sexual
    nature, offensive displays in the workplace or campus/community
    of sexually suggested objects or materials, and any other activity
    that could be interpreted as creating a sexually hostile work or
    campus/community environment.

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  • The Compass Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement

    Albright College is committed to protecting individual freedoms, as
    long as they are not inflammatory or harmful toward others.

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  • The Compass Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement

    Violation of the norms of civility
    and other accepted rules of behavior, whether or not
    covered by specific regulations, subjects a student to
    disciplinary action.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • The Compass Student Handbook: General Offenses- Inappropriate Behavior 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement

    This includes, but is limited to:
    (i) abusive language toward members of the College community ....

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  • Technology Acceptable Use Policy 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    This prohibition includes, but is not limited to ... objectionable material such as, but not limited to obscene content, hate speech, harassment, or incitement to commit violence ....

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  • Community Living Guide: Community Living Standards and Expectations 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement

    Bigotry and hate cannot be a part of our
    College community. While each student has
    the right to his/her own personal beliefs,
    these beliefs give them no right to denigrate
    another on the basis of age, physical disability,
    national origin, sexual orientation, race,
    sex or religious affiliation. The College does
    not tolerate verbal or written abuse, threats,
    intimidation, violence, or other forms of
    harassment against members of our community.

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  • The Compass Student Handbook: General Offenses- Disorderly Conduct 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement

    This includes, but is not limited to ... using obscene language or gestures ....

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  • The Compass Student Handbook: Posting Policy 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    Materials that promote the use of alcohol or other drugs or that
    promote discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation,
    religion, ethnicity, and/or national origin, or that are obscene,
    socially inappropriate or intimidating, or that are offensive to the
    prevailing standards of an academic community, are prohibited.

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  • The Compass Student Handbook: Student Demonstration Policy 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    Request must be presented 24 hours prior to time of
    scheduled demonstration. Demonstrations shall be restricted to Science
    Field, Kelchner Field, Gene Shirk Stadium, or the Library plaza, and
    will be assigned according to availability.

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Green Light Policies
  • The Compass Student Handbook: General Offenses- Harassment 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    This includes, but is not limited to: intent to
    harass, annoy or alarm another person; (i) strikes, shoves, kicks or
    otherwise subjects him to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same; (ii) follows a person in or about a public place or
    places; (iii) engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits
    acts that alarm or seriously annoy such other person and that serve
    no legitimate purpose (PA Crimes Code, 2709); (iv) makes a
    telephone call without intent of legitimate communication or
    addresses to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious or
    indecent words or language, or anonymously telephones another
    person repeatedly; (v) makes repeated communications
    anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively
    coarse language.

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  • The Compass Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Students at Albright College are both citizens and members of
    the academic community. As citizens, students enjoy the freedoms of
    speech, peaceful assembly and the right to petition.

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  • Academic freedom ever important

    April 11, 2005

    Besides really irritating a lot of people, University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill’s essay on the causes of the World Trade Center attacks has put a media spotlight on the issue of freedom of expression on college campuses. This in itself is a very good thing. Whatever one’s opinion of the content of Churchill’s essay (and some of the logic does sound highly suspect to me), he was well within his rights to release a controversial analysis of the attacks into the academic community. This ability to participate in an unrestricted exchange of ideas is called academic freedom, and it […]

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