Bryn Mawr College

Location: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Bryn Mawr College has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more
  • Student Handbook: Bryn Mawr College Honor Code

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: April 3, 2019

    We recognize that acts of discrimination and harassment, including, but not limited to, acts of racism, homophobia, classism, ableism, and discrimination against religious and political minorities are devoid of respect and therefore, by definition, violate this Code. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Discriminatory Harassment Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 3, 2019

    It is the policy of Bryn Mawr College to maintain a work and academic environment free from discrimination and offensive or degrading remarks or conduct. … Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct constitute sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Discriminatory Harassment Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 3, 2019

    The College is firmly committed to academic and professional excellence and to freedom of inquiry and expression for all members of the College community. In order to preserve an atmosphere in which these goals can be pursued, certain norms of civility, based on mutual respect and appreciation of differences, recogn... Read More
  • Bias Response

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: April 3, 2019

    What is a bias incident? Bias incidents refer to conduct, speech, images or expression that demonstrate conscious or unconscious bias which targets individuals or groups based on but not limited to their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, dis... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Speech and the Limits of Dissent

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 3, 2019

    Bryn Mawr’s commitment to the free expression of ideas extends to the expression of dissenting ideas; the College recognizes that the free representation of dissenting points of view is necessary to the climate of open and vigorous debate essential to its educational mission. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • At Bryn Mawr, Another Speech Code of the Month is Reformed

    July 8, 2010

    FIRE is pleased to announce that Bryn Mawr College has reformed its sexual harassment policy, which had been named our Speech Code of the Month for May 2010. FIRE wrote Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe on June 2 to voice our concerns about the policy, which prohibited "offensive or degrading remarks" and listed "[n]egative or… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Bryn Mawr College

    May 6, 2010

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for May 2010: Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. The harassment policy in Bryn Mawr’s student handbook states that “[i]t is the policy of Bryn Mawr College to maintain a work and academic environment free from discrimination and offensive or degrading remarks or conduct.” The policy also includes… Read more

  • On Freedom of Conscience, Bryn Mawr Gets It Right

    September 14, 2007

    Early this summer, FIRE received a case submission from a Bryn Mawr student worried about a proposal for a “Social Justice Pilot Program” gaining momentum on her campus. Conceived in the wake of a campus scandal involving racial slurs published on popular social networking site Facebook.com by a member of the school’s student government, student… Read more