free speech 1

August 28, 2013

[T]he College is committed to fostering an environment of free speech and expression that respects the speech rights of those who hold hateful or repugnant views in matters of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability or sexual preference.

The college’s commitment to freedom of expression in a diverse community requires it to refrain from regulating speech or expression, no matter how painful that speech or expression many be, so long as the speaker or actor refrains from violence, intimidation, or harassment against members of the College community or guests of the College. The content of hateful expression is protected speech in accordance with the principles of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.