Oberlin College, in its traditions and as an academic institution, is devoted to free and open inquiry. Therefore, it is important that freedom of speech and freedom of expression be guaranteed to individuals and groups to express whatever views they wish, so long as they do not interfere with the rights of others.
University students have the same constitutional freedom
of speech, peaceful assembly, and right of petition as other
citizens enjoy and are subject to the same civil laws and due
process as other citizens.
Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the
pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-
being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable
to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic
community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity
for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent
search for truth.
Students have the right to examine and exchange diverse ideas in an
orderly and respectful manner inside and outside the classroom.
Students should be free to utilize their rights as citizens to the extent accorded any citizen of the United States.
Discussion and expression of all views is permitted within the University subject only to requirements for the maintenance of order.