Evergreen State College

Location: Olympia, Washington
Website: http://www.evergreen.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Evergreen State 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

Green Light Policies
  • Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedure 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    “Harassment” is a form of behavior that is characterized by conduct: (1) based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled, Vietnam era or other eligible veteran which is unwelcome; AND (2) if sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive could reasonably be expected to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment.

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  • Bias Related Incident Response Protocol: Practices & Procedures 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    Investigations will be conducted to determine possible violations of college policies and local, state or federal laws and regulations. Students, faculty and/or staff who have committed a hate crime or bias incident may be accountable under the criminal justice system, the Student Conduct Code and/or the applicable College policy.

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  • Evergreen’s Social Contract 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    When you make the decision to come to Evergreen, you are also making the decision to become closely associated with its values. A central focus of those values is freedom — freedom to explore ideas and to discuss those ideas in both speech and print; freedom from reprisal for voicing concerns and beliefs, no matter how unpopular. It’s this freedom that is so necessary in a vibrant, dynamic learning community.

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  • Student Conduct Code: Prohibited Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment which is defined as conduct against a person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sex, gender identity or expression, disability, age, military status, or sexual orientation that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the college, or an employee to engage in work duties.

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  • Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    In light of all the policies outlined above in this document, the following are examples of specifically prohibited activities: … sexual harassment or harassment based on race, color, gender, religion, creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

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  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    “Sexual harassment” is a form of discrimination based on the recipient’s sex that is characterized by: … Unwelcome language or conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive and could reasonably be expected to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, living, or learning environment, or that has the purpose or effect of denying or limiting the individual’s ability to participate in or to receive the benefits, services or opportunities of the College.

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  • Consulting All Sides on “Speech Codes”

    May 1, 2005

    By David T. Beito, Ralph E. Luker, and Robert David Johnson, Organization of American Historians Newsletter Few controversies have polarized higher education more than that of Ward Churchill at the University of Colorado (CU). Many conservatives, including Governor Bill Owens of Colorado and Newt Gingrich, have demanded that Churchill be dismissed for characterizing the victims of 9/11 as “Little Eichmanns.” Professors and students at CU and elsewhere have responded with rallies and petitions to defend Churchill’s academic freedom. They emphasize that the health of the academy rests on the toleration of controversial, even repellant, ideas. Joining in, the faculty of […]

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  • Hey, Evergreen State: Let It Go!

    June 6, 2014

    Duquesne University law professor Jacob H. Rooksby reports on the latest failure of common sense on campus over at HigherEducationLaw, and it’s a stunner: Administrators at The Evergreen State College are refusing to let a student theater troupe perform an original work on university property because they’re worried that the production, which includes parodies of Disney songs, might trigger liability for copyright infringement.

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