Connecticut College

Location: New London, Connecticut
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Connecticut 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.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

  • Student Policies are Password Protected

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    Student Policies

    All found in the Student Handbook, Section II. The Student Code of Conduct: Student Rights and Responsibilities. (Available on CamelWeb under "Students/Forms and Documents/Student Life"; login required.)

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Green Light Policies
Not Rated Policies
  • Appropriate Use Policy for Computer and Information Resources 07-08

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to:
    Using the College�s computers or network or the telephone system to transmit
    fraudulent, defamatory, harassing, obscene or threatening messages or any
    communications prohibited by law.

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  • Student Handbook: Section II- Racial Harassment 07-08

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    There is a fine line between legitimate attention or acceptable humor and harassment. If the intent or outcome, however subtle, of a behavior is to demean, harm, ridicule, or cause psychological stress (i.e. withdrawal, fear, anxiety, depression) to others, one runs the risk of a harassment complaint.

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  • Student Handbook: Section I- The Connecticut College Honor Code 07-08

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, Statement

    I pledge to take responsibility for my beliefs, and to conduct myself with integrity, civility, and the utmost respect for the dignity of all human beings.

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  • Student Handbook: Section II – Harassment 07-08

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    1. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, any spoken, written, or physical conduct that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with the activities of any member of the Connecticut College community or of creating an intimidating or hostile environment.

    2. To be considered harassment, an act of spoken, written, or physical conduct must be directed at the individuals whom that act insults or stigmatizes.

    3. To be considered harassment, the insult or stigma must be based on race; color; religion; gender; disability; age; veteran status; sexual orientation; national origin; gender identity, expression, or characteristics; or any other class protected by law.

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  • Student Handbook: Section II – Non-Discrimination 07-08

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

    Connecticut College does not tolerate discriminatory hostility against someone, or against a group, on the basis of race; color; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity, expression and characteristics; age; religion; national or ethnic origin; visible or invisible disability; or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. Discrimination may take the form of repeated offensive behavior with hostile, abusive intent or discriminatory behavior that creates an intimidating and offensive work, study or social environment.

    A "bias incident" is an action intended to harm, intimidate, or threaten another person or group and which, in any way, constitutes an expression of hostility based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, expression and characteristics, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. This includes, but is not limited to threats, physical assaults, vandalism, destruction of religious symbols, and graffiti that harasses or threatens people based on these characteristics. Please refer to the Campus Life Policies section (page 67) for the Bias Incident Protocol .

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  • Student Handbook: Section II – Student Bill of Rights 07-08

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Students have the right to express their ideas, thoughts, and opinions without fear of censure or retribution. Students have the right to state and exercise their beliefs including but not limited to religious, political and social beliefs, and students have the right to associate with or create organizations in accordance with these beliefs. As a result, students have the right to have their classroom performance evaluated solely on an academic basis, and not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.

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  • Student Handbook: Section II – Sexual Harassment 07-08

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    "Sexual Harassment" includes any advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: [...] such advances, requests, or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual´s education by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or sexually offensive educational environment.

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  • Network Aims to Help Harassed Campus Conservatives

    December 26, 2005

    WASHINGTON—Though Christopher Flickinger calls himself “dean” and poses in parodistic photos waving a small American flag and looking stern, he says he’s never been more serious about eliminating what he claims is pervasive anti-conservatism on college campuses today. “When I was on campus, I had no help,” the recent Ohio State University graduate told “I was harassed, intimidated, shouted down.” Flickinger, schooled in broadcast journalism, said he wants to provide the support he never had as a lonely conservative in college. That’s why in November he launched the Network of College Conservatives to act in part as “a link […]

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  • Connecticut College Password-Protects Key Documents

    May 21, 2009

    Connecticut College—which in past years has earned a red light from FIRE for its speech codes—has password-protected two key documents, the Student Handbook and the Bias Incident Protocol. We at FIRE believe that prospective students and their parents have the right to know whether Connecticut College prohibits free speech—and whether the college even still promises free speech, since those promises were contained in earlier versions of the Student Handbook. This move is part of a disturbing trend among colleges to restrict access to these documents to those already on campus (we’ve recently seen this happen at DePaul University and Edinboro […]

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  • K. C. Johnson Strikes Again

    August 26, 2005

    The invaluable K. C. Johnson has an excellent op-ed in today’s Inside Higher Ed. K. C. does a wonderful job of collecting evidence that much of the ideological uniformity in higher education is not so much the result of “self-selection” but instead the product of an academic culture that uses ideology as a stand-in for intelligence or merit. His most interesting paragraphs relate how ideological uniformity is justified by a desire to create a particular academic orthodoxy on issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation According to Montclair State’s Grover Furr, “colleges and universities do not need a single […]

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