Colby College

Location: Waterville, Maine
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Colby 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: Harassment Policies and Procedures 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 22, 2014

    Harassment is defined as unwelcome hostile or intimidating remarks, spoken or written (including,for example, e­mail, text messages, postings on electronic message boards, voicemail messages), or physical gestures directed at a specific person based on that person’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, parental or marital status, national or ethnic origin, or disability. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, and includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexual violence and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when this conduct is unwelcome.  When sexual harassment is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the Colby educational experience, or student employment at Colby, then the sexual harassment creates a hostile environment.

    The following are provided as examples of the kinds of actions that may constitute harassment
    under College policy:

    • Hostile, intimidating remarks spoken or written (including jokes) or physical gestures directed at a person because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, parental or marital status, national or ethnic origin, or disability.
    • Sexual contact or pressure that is not freely and explicitly agreed to by both parties. A stranger does not always perpetrate rape. Date or acquaintance rape and pressured sex are more common than many realize. No circumstance, including excessive drinking, is an acceptable excuse for such behavior.
    • Any unwelcome attention of a sexual nature (e.g., physical contact, written or verbal comments, lewd or suggestive looks and/or gestures).
    • Implied or expressed threat of reprisal for failure to comply with a request for sexual contact.
    • Any conduct of a sexual nature that has the effect of unreasonably or substantially interfering with an individual’s working or educational environment, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

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Yellow Light Policies
Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Harassment Policies and Procedures 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 22, 2014

    The right of free speech and the open exchange of ideas and views are essential, especially in a learning environment, and Colby College vigorously upholds these freedoms.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct at Colby 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 22, 2014

    As an institution built on respect, active inquiry, and the free and open exchange of ideas, Colby is committed to maintaining an environment in which teaching, learning, and research can flourish.

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  • The AHA’s Double Standard on Academic Freedom

    March 1, 2006

    by David Beito, Ralph Luker, and Robert “K. C.” Johnson Perspectives (American Historical Association) Has the AHA turned its back on academic freedom? In January, members present at its business meeting rejected a resolution to condemn attacks on academic freedom, whether from the right or from the left. Instead, they passed a weaker resolution that selectively condemned only threats coming from the right.We weighed into this controversy as part of a three person “left/right” coalition for academic freedom. Our chances were slim and we knew it. Only in December did we learn that the AHA business meeting would consider a […]

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  • Trumping Moses and Matthew

    November 7, 2005

    By Suzanne Fields at What do the Bible and the “The Vagina Monologues” have in common? Not much. But surely we can all agree that both are covered by the First Amendment, guaranteeing freedom of religion and freedom of expression. Well, that’s not so at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. At UWEC you can live in a dorm and watch a performance of “The Vagina Monologues,” but you can’t join a Bible studies group. Any resident assistant, or RA, as the live-in student counselors are called, can put on a performance of the play, and one has, but leading […]

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  • Consulting All Sides on “Speech Codes”

    May 1, 2005

    By David T. Beito, Ralph E. Luker, and Robert David Johnson, Organization of American Historians Newsletter Few controversies have polarized higher education more than that of Ward Churchill at the University of Colorado (CU). Many conservatives, including Governor Bill Owens of Colorado and Newt Gingrich, have demanded that Churchill be dismissed for characterizing the victims of 9/11 as “Little Eichmanns.” Professors and students at CU and elsewhere have responded with rallies and petitions to defend Churchill’s academic freedom. They emphasize that the health of the academy rests on the toleration of controversial, even repellant, ideas. Joining in, the faculty of […]

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  • Speaking up for campus speech

    February 2, 2004

    The New York Post

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  • Campus justice; Rights of accused vary greatly in courts school judicial systems

    May 24, 2003

    By Colin Hickey at The Central Maine Morning Sentinel

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  • The Retreat of the Public Intellectual

    September 22, 2006

    In the recent edition of the alumni magazine from my alma mater, Colby College, there’s an interesting article by government professor Paul Reisert about the cultural marginalization of academia. He writes, There was a time, not that long ago, when leading figures in higher education served as public intellectuals, addressing the vital issues of their day and receiving a respectful hearing from political leaders and the public at large. These days, if a professor from any field outside the hard sciences is being quoted in the media, odds are good that it’s for the purpose of ridicule. Reisert opines that […]

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