College of Charleston

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Type: Public

Speech Code Rating

College of Charleston has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2019

    Harassment:  Repeated use of written, verbal, or electronic expression or physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at a person that places that person in reasonable fear for their physical safety or prevents the person from conducting their customary or usual affairs, or substantially interferes... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Administrative Regulations- Demonstrations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2019

    Demonstrations should be scheduled two weeks in advance with the Executive Vice President for Student Affairs. The information required is a specific location, the beginning time, the ending time, and the name of the sponsoring organization. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Administrative Regulations- Signage: Banners, Signs and Posted Material

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2019

    All Postings must contain the name of the sponsoring individual or organization (“Sponsor”). … Except as noted below, the Division of Marketing and Communications oversees the request and approval process for Postings on College property. Requests for Postings must include the proposed design, dimensions, post... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Bullying and Incivility

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2019

    Bullying is prohibited under the Code of Conduct and as such can be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion. As defined in the Code, bullying is repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt or diminish another person physically or mentally... Read More
  • Student Sexual Misconduct Policy: Sexual/gender harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2019

    Sexual/gender harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or other educational benefit or c... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- College of Charleston Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: October 22, 2019

    Students are not only members of the academic community but are also members of the larger society. Students, therefore, retain the rights, guarantees and protections afforded to and the responsibilities held by all citizens. The university community acknowledges and celebrates the rights of students to 1) participa... Read More
  • South Carolina Legislature Punishes State Universities for Assigning LGBT-themed Books

    August 27, 2015

    On June 12, 2014, in a deeply disappointing development, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley approved a provision in the state’s budget that punished two state universities—the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate—for including LGBT-themed books as required reading for freshmen. The troublesome provision required the two institutions to spend the same… Read more

  • Banned Books Week: Depressingly Relevant, Even to College Students

    September 24, 2014

    Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) invites free speech advocates and book-lovers across the country to celebrate Banned Books Week. The ALA explains on its website: Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open… Read more

  • South Carolina Budget Punishes Colleges for LGBT Books, Violates Academic Freedom

    June 13, 2014

    In a deeply disappointing development yesterday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley approved a provision in the state’s budget that punishes two state universities—the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate—for including LGBT-themed books as required reading for freshmen.

  • In Letter, FIRE Urges South Carolina’s Governor to Uphold Academic Freedom

    March 13, 2014

    By now, Torch readers know about the budget controversy in South Carolina, where some state legislators are trying to reduce the annual budgets of the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate by the amount of money each school spent on required reading programs that included books on LGBT topics ($52,000 and approximately $17,000, respectively). To date, legislative amendments aimed at restoring the funding have failed. So yesterday, FIRE wrote to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (PDF) to urge her to ensure that state lawmakers do not punish state institutions for their choice of curriculum.

  • South Carolina House Votes to Punish Schools for Book Assignments

    March 11, 2014

    Last month, South Carolina’s House Ways and Means Committee voted in favor of budget cuts to the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate by amounts matching the money each school spent on required reading programs that included books on LGBT topics ($52,000 and approximately $17,000, respectively). State Representative Garry Smith made clear that the proposal was meant as a punishment for the schools’ choices in reading materials: an illustrated memoir about a lesbian woman and her gay father, and a nonfiction account of South Carolina’s first gay and lesbian radio show.