While prohibition of certain kinds of speech can have a
chilling effect on the free and open exchange of ideas, a
policy of civility and tolerance can protect an environment, which is free of intimidation to promote open debate.
Personal verbal harassment of one individual by another is
uncivil behavior, which can taint or pollute the learning
climate and discourage open expression of ideas on legitimate academic subjects.
The college is committed to an orderly learning
environment, which protects the right of free speech and
rejects personal intimidation of any kind. Accordingly, the Academic Master Plan approved by the Board of Regents
in 1993 cites "graciousness" and "civility" as characteristics
of the proper environment for encouraging "the honest and rational consideration of conflicting ideas and diverse