Location: Gambier, Ohio
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
Kenyon 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.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementAny behavior which seriously affects the academic performance of the student or of fellow students, which offends the sensibilities of others (whether students, faculty members, or visitors), or which causes damage to the property of the College or of individuals will result in disciplinary action. Kenyon students are required at all times to show due respect and courtesy; and vulgar behavior, obscene language, or disorderly conduct are not tolerated.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementPolitical commentary and satire are not harassment. For example, satirical
comments about the Laramie Project are not harassment. Putting a Confederate
flag on one’s own door would also not be harassment, however offensive it
might be deemed by many. Again, the mere claim of political commentary or
satire cannot excuse what is really harassment.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment consists of unwelcome and unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when ... such conduct (a) has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student's academic performance, (b) is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it adversely and unreasonably affects a student's participation in or receipt of benefit from an educational program, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment; or c) otherwise adversely and unreasonably affects a student's learning opportunities.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementDo not use computing resources for any activity which may intimidate, harass or
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementBy accepting membership in this community, students and employees not only retain
a right to free expression and free inquiry, but also accept a responsibility for honesty,
tolerance, and respect for the rights and dignity of others.
January 21, 2014
by Alec Torres The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its annual report on college-campus speech codes last week finding that while the percentage of colleges that seriously infringe upon students’ free-speech rights has diminished in recent years, many universities still burden students with overbearing and sometimes ridiculous speech regulations. Here’s a look at some of the most egregious speech codes that FIRE found: The University of Connecticut requires that “every member of the University shall refrain from actions that intimidate, humiliate, or demean persons or groups, or that undermine their security or self-esteem.” At Athens State University in Alabama, […]» Read More
December 9, 2013
Over the weekend, Wall Street Journal editorial board member James Taranto penned a piece about one Auburn University student’s treatment by the campus judiciary following another student’s allegation that he committed sexual assault. Joshua Strange faced two separate systems. In the criminal court system, a grand jury failed even to find probable cause to prosecute him, despite the fact that probable cause is a very low bar to pass. Yet in the campus court system, using the same information available to the grand jury, the school found Strange guilty under the “preponderance of evidence” evidentiary standard. The finding resulted in Strange’s expulsion from Auburn. […]» Read More