Smith College

Location: Northampton, Massachusetts
Website: http://www.smith.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Smith 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

  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct & Social Responsibility- Conduct that is Offensive 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Intentional conduct that is offensive, not respectful, voluntary and understood to be behavior of a kind which targets specific individuals because of race, sex, color, religious creed, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. When sanctioning, the offensiveness should be measured by its gravity, whether it is intended to be offensive and not respectful, whether it is repeated even after the student engaging in the behavior has been clearly told that it is offensive to another, and by the effect the behavior has on the community and the student or students to whom it is directed.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Office of Institutional Diversity: Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    In Massachusetts, the legal definition of sexual harassment is as follows: “sexual harassment” means sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual natures when: … such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive work or educational environment.

    While it is not possible to list all circumstances that constitute sexual harassment, the following are some examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment depending upon the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the conduct and its pervasiveness: …

    • Dissemination of sexually explicit voicemail, email, graphics, downloaded material or web sites;
    • Unwelcome sexual epithets, sexual jokes, written or oral references to sexual conduct, gossip regarding one’s sex life;
    • Unwelcome comment about an individual’s sexual activity;
    • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures or cartoons ….

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  • Student Handbook: Social Events- Advertising of Student Social Events 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    6. Smith College prohibits promotion and/or marketing of alcoholic beverages on campus and social events that encourage drinking or drunkenness as themes. The advertisement of such events in not permitted.
    7. Advertisements with language or illustrations that are sexually explicit are not permitted.

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  • Student Handbook: Smith College Technology Policies- Acceptable Use of Computer Resources 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Actions normally prohibited by law and/or this Acceptable Use Policy include but are not limited to:

    Smith College does not approve of the use of images or text which are abusive, profane, obscene in e-mail or on web pages.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct & Social Responsibility- Conduct that Threatens or Endangers a Person 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person or which unreasonably interferes with, impedes or harasses other students in the pursuit of their education.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Policies Concerning Freedom of Expression and Dissent 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Any person at Smith College is free to express opinions and support causes by orderly means that do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution. To this end, all members of the Smith community are obligated to provide, protect and promote the free exchange of ideas in every form on the Smith College campus.

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  • Student Handbook: Statement of Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Academic freedom and, more generally, freedom of expression are of paramount value in an academic community. Among the central purposes of such a community are acquisition and transmission of knowledge, cultivation of the creative and critical faculties of the human intellect, expression of ideas and emotions through the arts, and development of aesthetic sensitivity and appreciation. Academic freedom and freedom of expression are essential to the fullest realization of these purposes, and therefore Smith College must preserve and protect those freedoms. It must do so even when the ideas and values expressed are believed, by some or even many, to be inimical to humane society.

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  • Pariahs, Martyrs — and Fighters Back

    October 24, 2005

    At the start of the last school year, activists at DePaul University set up a pair of tables along a student thoroughfare and distributed literature to passers-by. They caught the eye of faculty member Thomas Klocek, who took one of their handouts and read about Israel’s “brutal and murderous occupation” of “Palestine” as well as its “apartheid violence” in the West Bank and Gaza. This was provocative stuff — but nothing out of the ordinary for the two groups behind it all, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and United Muslims Moving Ahead (UMMA). Engaging the students in a discussion […]

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