Carleton College

Location: Northfield, Minnesota
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Carleton 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 here.

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Policies Against Sexual Misconduct- Policy Against Sexually Inappropriate Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Carleton College prohibits sexually inappropriate conduct in any form. … Sexually inappropriate conduct includes unwelcome sexual conduct that may not rise to the level of sexual harassment, but is still sexual in nature. Sexually inappropriate conduct may include, but is not limited to, crude, obscene, or sexually offensive gestures, or unwelcome sexual comments or communication. For purposes of this definition, communication may be oral, written or electronically transmitted.

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  • Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response: Examples 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, deliberate or careless use of offensive or demeaning terms that have sexual connotations or are gender-based, repeated requests for sexual favors or a romantic relationship, repeated and unwelcome letters, phone calls, or emails of a sexual or romantic nature, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal, electronic, or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature.

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  • Information Technology Services: Academic User Agreement 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    No other user may deny, diminish or disrupt your access through any means, including: … distributing material which is demeaning or discriminatory via any electronic mail, bulletin board or other computer network facility … using resources for commercial or political purposes.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Community Standards Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    All discourse, as well as treatment of individuals–in offices, classrooms, residences, or any other setting or mode of communication–should be respectful of the individual, whether or not there is disagreement on matters of substance, taste, politics, or evidence. Creating and sustaining a climate of civility in an institution of voluntary membership is the responsibility of each individual.

    While the nature of an academic community is to provide a milieu for the expression, criticism and discussion of the widest range of opinions, it does not provide license for bigotry in the form of demeaning, discriminatory speech or actions. Thus, the presentation of a reasoned or evidenced claim about a societal group that offends members of that group is to be distinguished from a gratuitous denigrating claim about, or addressed to, an individual or group. The former is bona fide academic behavior while the latter may demean, degrade or victimize in a discriminatory manner and, if so, undermines the above principles.

    While the College imposes no specific moral standard or creed on its students, each student is responsible for living up to the values cited above and the policies, rules, and regulations detailed below. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

    The following conduct is prohibited: … Physical, verbal or psychological abuse, harassment, intimidation or other conduct (whether willful or negligent) that threatens or endangers the health, well being, or safety of oneself or of any person on College-owned or leased property, or at College-sponsored or supervised functions.



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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Support of any cause by demonstration or other orderly means, including picketing and other forms of peaceful protest, is permitted on College premises so long as it does not disrupt the operation of the College, jeopardize its legal status, interfere with entrances to and exits from College facilities, interrupt classes, interfere with other normal day-to-day activities of the College, or cause damage to property.

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  • Student Handbook: Policies Against Sexual Misconduct- Policy Against Sexual Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: … That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s employment or education, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment.

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  • Student Handbook: President’s and Dean’s Statement on Academic Freedom 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    The President and the Dean consider the protection of the right of individuals to express their views freely and without risk of repercussions to be among our most important responsibilities.

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