Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit
College of the Holy Cross 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.
October 21, 2001
The chair of the Department of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross forced a secretary to remove an American flag that hung in the office in memory of a friend who fought and died on the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 over Pennsylvania. When the secretary refused, it was removed by the chair himself. After critical media coverage, the College apologized, but the office remains without the flag.» Read More
Red Light Policies
are to reflect mutual respect and civility. Obscene or intolerant
language, as well as offensive images, clearly violate these
standards and are considered inappropriate for electronic and
all other forms of discourse among members of the College
community. The determination of what is obscene, offensive
or intolerant is within the sole discretion of the College.
through careless or reckless behavior. Emotional abuse also includes willful damage to the reputation or psychological
wellbeing of another. This covers all forms of communication including, but not limited to, written or electronic media.
to protecting the community from any form of harassment that
serves to degrade the status of another human being. Most often,
harassment objectifies a personal attribute, singling it out for
ridicule, attack, or disparagement. Examples include, but are not
limited to: race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry,
sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, veteran or other
protected status. It may include physical contact such as touching
or patting, written or verbal comments or suggestions, obscene
or offensive jokes or pictures, hostile or threatening gestures, or
other forms of degradation. Though harassment is often malicious
in intent, even thoughtless or unpremeditated behavior
can have the effect of harassment.
or not, that is unwelcome and has the purpose or effect of creating a work environment that is hostile, offensive or
coercive to a reasonable woman or man, as the case may be. The following are examples of conduct that, depending on
the circumstances may constitute sexual harassment:
a) unwelcome and unwanted sexual jokes, language, epithets, advances or propositions;
b) written or oral abuse of a sexual nature, sexually degrading or vulgar words to describe an individual;
c) the display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, posters, or cartoons;
d) unwelcome and unwanted comments about an individual's body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies;
e) asking questions about sexual conduct;
f) unwelcome touching, leering, whistling, brushing against the body, or suggestive insulting or obscene comments or gestures;
g) demanding sexual favors in exchange for favorable reviews, assignments, promotions, or continued employment, or
promises of the same.
sex-inclusive language. Students are asked to speak and write
inclusively when preparing assignments, in classroom presentations,
in their contribution to campus publications, and as representatives
of the College at public events. For example, where
appropriate, generic use of the pronoun "he" should be replaced
with either "he or she" or an alternate sex-blind construction;
neutral terms such as chair should replace chairman; the use
of titles should be standardized. Any questions regarding the
inclusive language usage can be addressed to the Affirmative
committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas can
be reasonably proposed and critically examined. The College
recognizes that the free exchange of ideas and expression may
produce conflicts in beliefs and proposals for action. This exchange is an important element in the pursuit of knowledge.
All members of the College community have a responsibility
to maintain channels of communication which foster a climate
favorable to maintaining this exchange.
have certain rights. These include:
The right to express opinion, which includes the right to state
agreement or disagreement with the opinions of others and
the right to an appropriate forum for the expression of opinion.
Holy Cross Student Files Suit after Expulsion for Sexual Assault; Alleges Due Process, Title IX Violations
December 1, 2011
Edwin Bleiler, a former student at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, has filed a lawsuit (first in Massachusetts Superior Court, later removed to federal court) alleging violations of Title IX and due process relating to his expulsion on sexual misconduct grounds. A copy of the complaint can be found here (as Exhibit A), and the answer from Holy Cross can be found here (PDF). According to the complaint, in early May 2011, a female student alleged to Holy Cross that Bleiler had engaged in sexual intercourse with her while she was intoxicated and incapable of effective consent. Bleiler’s […]» Read More
September 11, 2007
Today, FIRE joins individuals across America and around the world in reflecting upon the tragic events of September 11, 2001. As university students and professors from Maine to California host commemorations today to remember those who suffered and died six years ago, we take a moment to look back at how those events played out on campus in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, and how their legacy continues to affect us today. In the wake of the tragedy, FIRE was called on to defend liberty on campus as many universities reacted to the cataclysmic circumstances with sometimes shocking […]» Read More