relationship to free speech

August 28, 2013

Free Speech requirements protect many
forms of “hateful” and intolerant speech and
expressive conduct, including that which occurs
during such common College activities as
debates, speeches, arguments, conversations,
classroom discussions, lectures, distribution of
flyers and displaying of posters. In certain contexts,
courts have found speech and expressive
conduct to be protected that many in our community
would find repugnant, including such
things as display of the confederate flag, nazi
symbols, cross burning, and flag burning. Such
speech and expressive conduct, however, may
be inconsistent with the College’s community
values and it may present an opportunity for
open dialogue, debate and better understanding
of the scope of protected speech and the role of
tolerance in a community.