Location: Greencastle, Indiana
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit
DePauw University 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.
Red Light Policies
Student Handbook: Harassment Policy- Definition of Harassment and Notice of Non-Discrimination 12-13Harassing conduct may include but is not limited to the following, when based on or because of a protected
characteristic as described above:
* Jokes, epithets, stereotypes or slurs.
* Foul or abusive language.
* Offensive graffiti, cartoons or posters.
* Insulting or derogatory nicknames.
* Mimicking another.
* Starting or spreading rumors.
* Teasing about religious or cultural observances, retirement, age, ability to learn, or absenteeism.
* Threatening or offensive mail, e-mail, voicemail or messages.
communication which promote or contain offensive, unlawful or inappropriate content, including,
but not limited to content that is slanderous, defamatory, harassing, vulgar, threatening,
intimidating, offensive, or that promotes hate or violence; or which is racially inflammatory or
inappropriate; or which is pornographic, or sexually offensive; or which consists of offensive
comments based on gender, or any other content that denigrates or demeans persons on the basis
of race, age, gender, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation or any basis protected
by law. This prohibition shall not apply to educational and professional work that requires such
access or transmission.
approved by the Campus Living and Community Development Office prior to being displayed. All
unapproved signs, banners, or posters will be removed.
guests an environment and workplace free of inappropriate comments or conduct of a sexual nature.
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX should be directed to the University's Title IX
coordinators. Prohibited sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: ... * Unsolicited and unwelcome comments or conduct of a sexual nature or that
are demeaning to women or men as a group (for example, offensive or vulgar
jokes, name-calling, comments about one's body or sex life, or stereotyping
based on a person's sex); Unwelcome and unwanted sexual jokes, language, gestures, epithets, innuendoes, advances or propositions;
sexually oriented "kidding," "teasing" or "practical jokes;" ... Offensive or inappropriate behavior targeted at only one sex, even if the content of the conduct or
comments is not sexual ....
of its students. To attain these goals, free inquiry and free expression are imperative. ...
3. Freedom of association: students are free and, in fact, encouraged to organize and join associations that promote their common interests.
4. Freedom of assembly, inquiry and expression: students are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express their opinions publicly and privately. Students are free to support causes in any orderly manner, including organized protests that do not disturb the normal and essential functions of the University.
5. Student publications and the student press are financially and editorially separate from the University. The DePauw, the student newspaper, remains a forum for open student discussion on campus issues.
June 30, 2011
Minding the Campus has excerpted a harrowing story of thought reform at DePauw University written by former resident assistant (RA) Rachel Cheeseman, who is a FIRE intern this summer. Here’s part of it: During the week-long series of RA training events, my fellow RAs and I were lectured repeatedly about white privilege, racism, sexism, and every other “ism.” My peers who questioned the information were silenced immediately or heckled for their refusal to accept the dogmatic views of our superiors. … When my residents arrived, I was required to escort them through a mandatory interactive live performance, “Tunnel of Oppression.” As we walked through […]» Read More
November 25, 2008
Since I have taken Wabash College to task in a recent post, it is only fair for me to say a few words about Wabash’s longtime Indiana rival, DePauw University. Unfortunately, my work is made quite easy by DePauw’s quite appalling speech code. FIRE gives DePauw a red-light rating because of its policies that both clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech. DePauw promises that “students are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express their opinions publicly and privately.” But this is not true. For one thing, DePauw states explicitly that its harassment […]» Read More