Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Commitment to Freedom of Expression and Civil Discourse Policy

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Gettysburg College is committed to providing an environment where social and political issues and ideas are openly discussed and explored. The freedom to express ideas, exchange views and to engage in protest is essential to the life of the College. Gettysburg College affords all members of the student body substantial privileges with respect to freedom of speech and expression.


Gettysburg College subscribes to the wisdom in the words of Justice Louis D. Brandeis:

“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.” (Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357, 1927)

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