The classroom or other instructional settings (e.g., studio, laboratory) present special
problems because academic freedom protects the expression of ideas, even where the
idea or its expression is perceived to be offensive. The educational process is predicated
upon the free exchange of ideas and this policy shall not be interpreted to prohibit free
expression protected by the First Amendment.
in violation of this policy will not be found to exist in an instructional setting unless the
complained of conduct:
1. is directed toward an individual or group based on one or more of the traits listed
in Section I above;
2. is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter an individual’s educational
3. creates an objectively hostile learning environment; and
4. is, in fact, perceived as hostile by the complainant.