Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
Whitman 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: Harassment Policies, StatementExamples...include: Unwelcome statements, jokes, gestures, pictures, intentional nonconsensual
touching of an intimate body area, gender-based bullying, stereotyping, or
other conduct that demeans, harasses, or intimidates.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementCovert or overt abuse, harassment, or intimidation of members of the college
community or others is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, harassment
on the basis of race, ethnic origin, disability, creed, gender, or sexual orientation.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementLewd, indecent, obscene expressions or disorderly conduct that infringes on the
rights of others or disrupts the educational mission of the college is prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementActivities that violate the Acceptable Use Policy include, but are not limited to, those in the following list:
Using electronic mail or other Information Technology resources to abuse, harass, or intimidate members of the college community and others on any basis including race, ethnic origin, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. Users are reminded that sexually suggestive materials displayed inappropriately in public places, the classroom, or the workplace may constitute sexual harassment.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech, StatementThe key difference between hate crimes and hate incidents (or bias incidents - the two terms are often used interchangeably) is that hate crimes are acts included under hate crime laws and hate incidents are not. The motivation for both is the same - bias against a particular group of people - but hate incidents are not, technically, crimes. They are often covered under campus conduct rules; at Whitman, a hate incident may be addressed in this way if the perpetrator is a Whitman student, staff member, or faculty member.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementEvery student has a right to conditions which are conducive to learning and favorable to the pursuit of higher education. These rights include freedom of speech, expression, and association ....