Location: Portland, Oregon
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
Reed College has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementMembership in this community, as governed by the honor principle, imposes on students, faculty, and staff an obligation to respect the dignity and autonomy of others, to treat one another civilly and without regard to factors irrelevant to participation in the life of the college.
Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, StatementThe most common formulation of the honor principle states that any action that causes unnecessary pain or discomfiture to any member of the Reed community, group within the community, or to the community as a whole is a violation of the honor principle.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementReed College considers the right of free speech, and therefore that of dissent to be fundamental to its life as an academic community. The exercise of the right of dissent is not something to be grudgingly tolerated, but actively encouraged.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementPublications, exhibitions, public lectures, and public performances under the sponsorship of the college or of recognized organizations within the Reed Community shall not be subject to institutional censorship. Publications supported wholly by Student Body funds, or by Student Body funds supplemented by revenues external to the college, shall not be subject to censorship or editorial control by the college, by the Student Body Senate, or by any member of the academic or administrative faculty.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementReed College is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression, and this means that expressions of opinions that some people find abhorrent must at times be tolerated.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement[W]e reaffirm one another's rights to freedom of inquiry and expression in coursework, scholarship, and the day-to-day life of the Reed community.