Colgate University

Location: Hamilton, New York
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Colgate University 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

This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech.

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

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  • Student Non-discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 29, 2022

    Harassment is unwelcome, offensive conduct that occurs on the basis of race, color, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recentl... Read More
  • Student Handbook: University Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 29, 2022

    Colgate expects that its students will not lie, steal, cheat, or engage in dishonest or unlawful behavior, including behavior that damages University property, the personal property of another individual, public property, or any other behavior that inflicts physical or emotional harm on oneself, another person, or t... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Policies- Affiliation, Solicitation, and Advertising

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 29, 2022

    In the interest of every student’s right to privacy, health, and safety, the University prohibits solicitation, sales, or door-to-door canvassing (for any purpose) by students or non-students on University property except with the written permission of the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement. Read More
  • Student Non-discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy: Title IX Violations

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 29, 2022

    “Sexual harassment”, as a Title IX Violation, means conduct on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effecti... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 29, 2022

    In order to create the best possible climate for learning, the University recognizes the importance of providing personnel and facilities of high quality and of maintaining the rights of free inquiry, expression, and assembly. … The right of discussion and expression of all views is a basic principle within th... Read More
  • Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 29, 2022

    Using Colgate’s EIR to actively engage in procuring or transmitting material that is in violation of sexual harassment or hostile workplace laws is prohibited. No university EIR may be used for a purpose that violates university policies, rules, or regulations or for an illegal or criminal purpose under loc... Read More

FIRE surveyed roughly 44,000 students at 203 colleges and universities about the climate for free speech at their institutions. See the full report on FIRE’s 2022 College Free Speech Rankings for more information.


Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 37.82

Rankings / out of 203 colleges ranked

Overall Ranking 152
Openness 15
Tolerance (Liberals) 66
Tolerance (Conservatives) 196
Administrative Support 79
Comfort 114
Disruptive Conduct 135

Administrative Behavior

Supported Scholars 0
Sanctioned Scholars 0
Successful Disinvitations 0


Speech Climate BELOW AVERAGE
Speech Code RED
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Colgate University professor Stanley Brubaker on Colgate’s new statement of commitment to free expression

    October 22, 2018

    FIRE’s Mary Zoeller recently caught up with professor Stanley Brubaker, a professor of Political Science at Colgate University, in an email interview to discuss his recent work as a member of the university’s Task Force on Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression. The task force, organized by the university president, was charged with “reviewing the… Read more

  • New Book Takes Thorough Look at College Due Process Problems

    January 31, 2017

    Brooklyn College professor KC Johnson and journalist Stuart Taylor, Jr. cover an impressive amount of ground in their new book, The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities. Readers who are less familiar with the problem of colleges and universities trampling on students’ due process rights—particularly in the context of sexual… Read more

  • Education Prof Writes in Defense of Yik Yak and Online Anonymity

    March 17, 2015

    The popular phone app Yik Yak, which allows users to anonymously share comments with nearby app users, has been attacked by college administrators and student governments alike who argue that it plays host to too much hateful or offensive commentary. In light of recent moves to block university network access to the app, Iowa State… Read more

  • Introducing FIRE Summer Intern Konrad Thallner

    June 12, 2014

    Konrad Thallner is a rising junior at Colgate University, pursuing majors in political science and German, as well as a minor in economics. He serves as the vice president of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, and looks forward to spending the Spring 2015 semester studying abroad at the University of Freiburg in southwestern Germany. On… Read more

  • Speech Codes at Colgate University Threaten Students’ Rights

    August 6, 2012

    Kelsey Curtis is a FIRE Summer Intern. As I prepare to enter my senior year at Colgate University, I am spending a lot of time reflecting on all that I have learned and how much I have grown over the course of my college experience. Colgate’s faculty and students have provided me with opportunities for… Read more

  • The Generational Swindle

    April 26, 2005

    American students of these times are victims of a generational swindle of truly epic proportions. My own academic cohort appears to have no shame, and it has moved on campus after campus from its Free Speech Movement to its speech codes; from its struggle against mandatory religious chapel to its struggle for mandatory sensitivity “training”… Read more

  • The Unreported Abuses

    April 20, 2005

    Despite the fact that FIRE receives hundreds of formal and informal complaints every year, I remain convinced that there are a much larger number of unreported civil liberties abuses in academia. This suspicion is confirmed every time I speak at a university (side note: if you want me to come speak at your school, please… Read more

  • Colgate Disinformation

    April 18, 2005

    Last Tuesday morning, I spoke at a rally protesting Colgate University’s plans to force all fraternities and sororities to sell their houses and land to the university. While a transaction between two private parties is ordinarily not of great interest to FIRE, the terms of Colgate’s “deal” are particularly outrageous. Essentially, the message of the… Read more