Bennington College

Location: Bennington, Vermont
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

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  • 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 the matter, he would be evicted from his campus apartment.

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Not Rated Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct 08-09

    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
    conduct include, but are not limited to:
    a. Threats, intimidation, physical abuse, verbal harassment,
    or derogatory statements directed towards other students,
    visitors, or College employees.
    b. Abusive, obscene, vulgar, loud, or disruptive language or
    conduct directed toward and offensive to a member of or
    a visitor to the College community.
    c. Discriminatory behavior with regard to age, actual or perceived
    sex, creed, disability, race, color, national origin,
    sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or any
    other legally protected category.

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  • Student Handbook: Policy and Procedures Governing Sexual Harassment 08-09

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

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  • Academic Freedom Policy 08-09

    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.

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  • Sexual Harassment Policy 06-07

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

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  • 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 we’ve dealt with throughout the years. Not far from New England’s home of Foxboro Stadium near Boston lies Harvard University, home of the Crimson, censorship of business students, and a whole host of due process concerns. Meanwhile, Patriot-supporting administrators at nearby Tufts University in Medford have […]

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  • 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 fired Carlin Romano, who has taught at Bennington for five years and who regularly writes for The Chronicle’s Opinion section. Faculty members said she told them that Mr. Romano’s performance had been inadequate. The professors also said that administrators also contend that during a conversation […]

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