Barnard College

Location: New York, New York
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Barnard College has been given the speech code rating Red. 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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Red Light Policies

  • Residence Hall Handbook: Bias-Related Actions 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    Students will not participate in any behavior which includes language and/or behaviors which demonstrate bias against another person or persons because of, (but not limited to) others’ actual or perceived color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation.

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  • Columbia University Gender-Based Misconduct Policies for Students 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Acts of aggression, intimidation, stalking, or hostility based on gender or gender-stereotyping constitutes gender-based harassment.

    For purposes of illustration, the following list sets forth examples of conduct that could constitute gender-based misconduct under those definitions: … Belittling remarks about a person’s gender or sexual orientation based on gender-stereotyping.

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  • Discrimination and Harassment Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Discriminatory Harassment is harassment on the basis of a protected classification, including harassment of an individual in connection with a stereotyped group characteristic, or because of that person’s identification with a particular group. Such harassment is any conduct, verbal or physical, on or off campus, that has the intent or effect, because of its severity and/or persistence, of unreasonably interfering with an individual or group’s educational or work performance or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, work, or living environment.

    Discriminatory harassment includes but is not limited to: epithets or slurs; negative stereotyping; denigrating jokes; and display or circulation in the working, learning, or living environment (including electronic transmission) of written or graphic material.

    Gender-based harassment includes acts of verbal, non-verbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on gender or gender-stereotyping.  Gender-based harassment can occur when an individual or group is harassed either for exhibiting stereotypical characteristics of a particular sex or failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.  To constitute harassment, the conduct must unreasonably interfere with an individual’s educational or work activities or create an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning work or educational campus environment.

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.  Sexual assault and requests for sexual favors that affect educational or employment decisions constitute sexual harassment. Sexual harassment may also consist of unwelcome physical contact, requests for sexual favors, visual displays of degrading sexual images, sexually suggestive conduct, or remarks of a sexual nature. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal (including print or electronic communication) or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: …

    3.      Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance on the job or in the classroom; or

    4.      Such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or study environment for an individual or group of individuals.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Barnard College Posting Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    What content is not permitted on my posting? Profanity, vulgarity, or other offensive language not conducive to the educational environment may not be included on postings.  Any postings that have inappropriate and/or derogatory information directed to one specific member, or group of members, of the Barnard community will not be tolerated.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Students will not engage in any form of harassment, intimidation, threat, or abuse (whether verbal or written, physical or psychological, direct or implied) which is intended for a specific member or group within the community. This includes (but is not limited to) harassment in person, via telephone or voicemail, postal mail, forms of electronic communication (e.g. email, Facebook, other web communities), or having someone else do so on your behalf. Such behavior or actions, whether done intentionally or with reckless disregard, are not permitted in the residence halls. “It was just a joke” or “I was intoxicated” are not acceptable excuses. Students are responsible for their behavior and that of their guest(s) at all times.

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  • Barnard College Student Code of Conduct 14-15

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

    Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary process and sanctions: … Verbal abuse, intimidation, and/or coercion.

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Green Light Policies
  • Don’t Let The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Overwhelm Free Speech On Campus

    March 25, 2014

    by Robert Shibley at Forbes Here in the United States, we’re fortunate to enjoy comparative peace from the seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict that rages on half a world away. Yet the dispute has led supporters of both sides to launch attacks on something important to all Americans: our freedom of speech. And our nation’s university campuses—the places where Americans should be most free to speak—have played host to a disproportionate number of these threats to free expression. Just last week at Barnard College (part of Columbia University) in New York City, uproar over the hanging of a banner on Barnard […]

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  • Columbia Student Urges ‘Free-Speech Renewal’ in 2015

    December 31, 2014

    Columbia University junior Bryan Schonfeld has seen firsthand the unhealthy climate for speech on college campuses, and he describes some bewildering examples of students’ and administrators’ aversion to free expression in an article for the New York Daily News this week. Torch readers may recall that Columbia Law School was among the institutions that agreed to delay final exams for students who claimed to be either too traumatized by or too busy protesting grand juries’ decisions not to indict in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. The administrative response at Columbia didn’t end there, though. According to Schonfeld, university […]

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  • Shibley in ‘Forbes’ on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Campus Free Speech

    March 18, 2014

    A handful of recent incidents at American colleges and universities illustrate a troubling pattern of students being censored or punished for participating in the debate over Israeli-Palestinian relations. Today in ‘Forbes,’ FIRE’s Robert Shibley writes about how the longstanding conflict is part of a threat to free expression here in the United States.

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  • New York City Council Considers Speech Ban

    August 9, 2007

    David Harsanyi reports on The Huffington Post that the New York City Council “may be on the verge of banning the slur ‘bitch’” as well as “the slang word ‘ho.’” (The Council would no doubt receive moral support from Barnard College, which bans any of George Carlin’s seven dirty words from appearing on any posted information on campus. Ironically, the policy actually writes the words out, which means that posting the policy on campus would actually constitute a violation of the policy.) Harsanyi laments the fact that the right to free speech has largely been absent from the discussion of […]

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  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2006

    December 29, 2006

    As Torch readers know, each month FIRE singles out a particularly egregious speech code for our Speech Code of the Month award. While all twelve Speech Codes of the Month for 2006 were both tragic and laughable, I would like to highlight a few that deserve special mention as our Speech Codes of the Year: Jacksonville State University in Alabama. The student code of conduct at Jacksonville State provides that “No student shall threaten, offend, or degrade anyone on University owned or operated property.” Got that? You may not offend anyone on University property. Barnard College in New York City. […]

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Barnard College

    April 4, 2006

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for April 2006: Barnard College. This speech code deserves special recognition because it accomplishes the unique feat of violating itself. The Barnard College Posting Policy provides that “the following words cannot appear on any posted information at Barnard—shit, piss, suck, cunt, fuck, motherfucker, cocksucker and tits.” So I guess that means that if you post the Posting Policy on campus, you have violated the Posting Policy. You can’t make this stuff up. This list of words—with the exception of “suck,” which I guess Barnard administrators just decided to throw in for good […]

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