Location: Claremont, California
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
Scripps 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
Examples of sexual harassment may include such conduct as: … e. A pattern of conduct that would discomfort or humiliate, or both, a reasonable person at whom the conduct was directed that includes one or more of the following: (1) unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s body; (2) remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body, whether or not intended to be complimentary; (3) remarks about sexual activity or speculations about previous sexual experience; or (4) other comments of a sexual nature, including sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes; f. Certain visual displays of sexually-oriented images outside the educational context; g. Letters, notes or electronic mail containing comments, words or images as described in (e) above.
Scripps College accepts the definition of sexual harassment as stated in the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or demeaning employment or educational environment.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
If you witness or experience conduct that discriminates, stereotypes, excludes, harasses or harms anyone in our community based on their identity (such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion) please report it to the College.
Bias related incidents are expressions of hostility against another person (or group) because of that person’s (or group’s) race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation, or because the perpetrator perceives that the other person (or group) has one or more of those characteristics. As used in this Protocol, the term “bias related incident” is limited to conduct that violates one or more of The Claremont Colleges’ disciplinary codes and which is not protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution or by analogous provisions of state law.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies
Advertising may contain no explicit or implicit reference to alcohol or other drugs, and language should be sensitive to the wide array of interests and backgrounds represented in the Scripps community.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s education, work or residential life at Scripps. Such harassment specifically includes harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disability.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Scripps believes that learning and teaching thrive in an environment conducive to freedom of belief, inquiry, and speech, assuring expression of the broadest range of opinions and beliefs. Scripps commits itself to maintaining that freedom, subject only to regulation of time, place, and manner. Recognizing that such expressions may offend, provoke, and disturb, Scripps affirms its dedication to encourage rather than limit expression.
October 22, 2014
By Peter Wood at The National Association of Scholars Dear President Bettison-Varga, I urge you to reconsider your decision to dis-invite George Will to speak at Scripps College. The students at Scripps would greatly benefit by your reversing course. Let me offer three reasons: First, your initial dis-invitation strongly enunciated your personal disagreement with Mr. Will’s views on sexual assault on campus. Scripps students are now aware, if they had any doubts before this, where you and the Scripps’ administration stand. Second, by reversing course at this point you could give significant force to the liberal arts ideal that, after […]» Read More
October 15, 2014
By Hannah Groch-Begley at Media Matters George Will has been dropped by a major newspaper and had a planned speech at a California college canceled for his recent comments dismissing the epidemic of sexual assault. The comments are nothing new for Will, who belittled victims, mocked efforts to codify consent, and attacked what he calls “rape crisis feminists” over two decades ago. In 2014, Will Claimed Sexual Assault Victim Is A “Coveted Status” And Criticized Efforts To Combat The Epidemic Washington Post‘s George Will: Sexual Assault Victim Is “A Coveted Status That Confers Privileges.” In a June 2014 column, Will suggested that college […]» Read More
October 13, 2014
By Herald Staff at Boston Herald Symptoms of closed-mind disorder have erupted at Scripps College, an all-female institution in California that has disinvited conservative columnist George Will from giving a speech in a program devoted to conservatives. Will, whose column this newspaper carries, was rejected because in June he criticized statistics and examples purportedly showing a tsunami of sexual assaults flooding colleges. Here is what Scripps President Lori Bettison-Varga gave as the reason. “Sexual assault,” said her statement to the college community, “is too important to be trivialized in a political debate or wrapped into a celebrity controversy. For that […]» Read More
October 7, 2014
By Tom Wilson at Commentary Magazine Few will be surprised to learn that the conservative commentator George Will has become the latest public figure to have fallen victim to the growing trend of colleges disinviting their guest speakers. There has been a dramatic upsurge in the number of these cancellations in recent years, with conservatives inevitably bearing the brunt of it. But the case of Will’s cancelation comes with an added poignancy, one that makes the affair sound like parody even by the standards of this already ridiculous phenomenon. For Will had been due to speak as part of Scripps […]» Read More
October 24, 2014
All too often, FIRE’s message—that engaging in meaningful debate with controversial speakers is more useful than censoring them—falls on deaf ears. However, Miami University (OH) bucked the growing disinvitation trend by refusing to rescind its speaking invitation to columnist George Will, despite pressure to do so from students and faculty. By refusing to abandon its commitment to the marketplace of ideas, the university allowed debate to flourish on campus last night. This is welcome news, especially after Scripps College denied its students the opportunity to engage in meaningful debate by disinviting Will in response to his controversial column on sexual […]» Read More
October 7, 2014
As readers of The Torch may recall, FIRE has seen an increase in recent years of universities disinviting speakers due to their unpopular or controversial views. Columnist George Will and the students of Scripps College in California may be the most recent victims of this trend. As reported by the Claremont Independent (Scripps is one of seven institutions collectively constituting the Claremont University Consortium), Will was invited to speak as part of the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program. That program is based on the belief “that a range of opinions about the world — especially opinions with which we may […]» Read More
November 19, 2012
This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a “green light” rating from us—a distinction currently awarded to just 15 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database, but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the years to come. In this series, we are discussing common problems with campus speech codes, focusing on examples from schools that are just a few small changes away from earning a green light rating. So far, we have examined how universities restrict speech by mandating […]» Read More
October 30, 2012
This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a “green light” rating from FIRE—a distinction currently awarded to just 16 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database, but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the years to come. In this series, we are discussing common problems with campus speech codes, focusing on examples from schools that are just a few small changes away from earning a green light rating. So far, we have examined how universities restrict speech by mandating “civility,” […]» Read More
December 3, 2008
The Claremont Consortium is at it again. FIRE has received word of two more “bias related incident” e-mails from Claremont administrators. You may remember that Claremont has a protocol of notifying all students at all five Claremont colleges when such incidents occur. Previous Consortium-wide e-mails followed minor incidents such as the writing of “Hillary is a foxy lesbian” on a whiteboard and the “white party” debacle, where party advertisements posted around the Scripps College campus were deemed offensive by Scripps College Dean of Students Debra Wood. She believed that the flyers were racist and sexist. The incident earned Wood a […]» Read More