Bennington College

Location: Bennington, Vermont
Type: Private

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  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct 08-09

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    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement
    Last updated: December 15, 2013

    The following actions by students violate College standards of conduct ... Harassment, abuse, coercion, injurious conduct. Physical or verbal abuse and threatening and intimidating behavior of any sort, including not only direct threats of any kind, but also psychological and sexual harassment. Examples of such ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Policy and Procedures Governing Sexual Harassment 08-09

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    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement
    Last updated: December 15, 2013

  • Academic Freedom Policy 08-09

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    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement
    Last updated: October 28, 2013

    The College recognizes that the free play of ideas, with all its attendant controversies, is indispensable to the act of discovery and to the dissemination of knowledge. Read More
  • Sexual Harassment Policy 06-07

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    Last updated: December 15, 2013

  • Bennington College: Termination of Professor Without a Hearing

    May 2, 2002

    In an abuse of power incompatible with the minimal standards of due process and academic freedom, Bennington President Elizabeth Coleman fired Philosophy Professor Carlin Romano without so much as a hearing. Coleman, who was a well-known critic of the institution’s president, had his courses cancelled mid-term and was informed that if he spoke publically on… Read more

  • The Censors’ Favorite Team

    February 4, 2005

    Tens of millions of people across America will watch the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX this Sunday night. In a gesture of magnanimity before the big game, those of us at FIRE’s headquarters here in Philadelphia would like to tip our hat to all the New England college administrators… Read more

  • Bennington College President Fires a Professor who had Openly Criticized Her

    April 13, 2000

    Bennington College has fired a philosophy professor who has been critical of the institution’s president, canceling his courses mid-term and informing him that if he speaks publicly about the matter he will be evicted immediately from his campus apartment. Elizabeth Coleman, Bennington’s president, called meetings with faculty members on Tuesday to tell them she had… Read more