College of the Holy Cross

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

College of the Holy Cross 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
  • Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment Policy and Complaint Process

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2019

    Sexual and discriminatory harassment may occur in numerous forms, many of which are also violations of federal and state laws. For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions of harassment, based on the language of the applicable statutes, are assumed: a. (Sexual Harassment) Offensive sexual behavior when... Read More
  • Use of Information Technology Services

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2019

    Communications from members of the College community are to reflect mutual respect and civility. Obscene or intolerant language, as well as offensive images, clearly violate these standards and are considered inappropriate for electronic and all other forms of discourse among members of the College community. The de... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Emotional Abuse

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2019

    Issuing harassing, degrading or abusive threats or statements that cause emotional injury; and/or causing emotional injury through careless or reckless behavior. Emotional abuse also includes willful damage to the reputation or psychological well-being of another. This covers all forms of communication including, bu... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Inclusive Language at Holy Cross

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: May 9, 2019

    Holy Cross is committed to achieving a proficiency in the use of sex-inclusive language. Students are asked to speak and write inclusively when preparing assignments, in classroom presentations, in their contribution to campus publications, and as representatives of the College at public events. For example, where a... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Protest and Demonstration Guidelines

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2019

    Planners must meet with the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students (or designee) at least 2 business days in advance to discuss and plan any proposed event. Planners should understand that additional review time may be required depending upon anticipated size of the event and/or other factors. During th... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Misuse or Abuse of Computers or Telecommunications Equipment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2019

    Includes, but is not limited to, posting vulgar, abusive or harassing materials …. Read More
  • Sexual Respect and Title IX: Prohibited Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2019

    Sexual harassment consists of two basic types: … Inappropriate Environment Based on Sex:  Any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is severe, persistent, or pervasive, and creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive living, working or educational environment, or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Protest and Demonstration Guidelines

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 9, 2019

    As an academic institution, the College of the Holy Cross is committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas can be reasonably proposed and critically examined. The College recognizes that the free exchange of ideas and expression may produce conflicts in beliefs and proposals for action. This exchange is an... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Community Standards and Disciplinary Procedures for Students

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 9, 2019

    All student members of the College community have certain rights. These rights are subject to each student’s compliance with, and are qualified by, all applicable policies, procedures, rules and requirements of the … The right to express opinion, which includes the right to state agreement or disagreement with... Read More
  • Speech Code of the Month: College of the Holy Cross

    July 14, 2017

    FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for July 2017: College of the Holy Cross. This is Holy Cross’ second time earning the Speech Code of the Month distinction; the last time was seven years ago this month, in July 2010, for a ban on “causing emotional injury” that persists to this day. Today,… Read more

  • Holy Cross Student Files Suit after Expulsion for Sexual Assault; Alleges Due Process, Title IX Violations

    December 1, 2011

    Edwin Bleiler, a former student at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, has filed a lawsuit (first in Massachusetts Superior Court, later removed to federal court) alleging violations of Title IX and due process relating to his expulsion on sexual misconduct grounds. A copy of the complaint can be found here (as Exhibit A),… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: College of the Holy Cross

    July 7, 2010

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for July 2010: College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Although it is a private college, Holy Cross claims to value free expression. The Protest and Demonstration Guidelines state that “The College recognizes that the free exchange of ideas and expression may produce conflicts in beliefs… Read more

  • FIRE Remembers September 11

    September 11, 2007

    Today, FIRE joins individuals across America and around the world in reflecting upon the tragic events of September 11, 2001. As university students and professors from Maine to California host commemorations today to remember those who suffered and died six years ago, we take a moment to look back at how those events played out… Read more

  • What 9/11 Taught Us About Academia

    September 11, 2006

    Today, FIRE joins the rest of the nation in remembering the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Five years ago, the events of 9/11 highlighted—in a very ugly way—just how out of touch many universities are with the American public. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, when much of America was still in mourning, a… Read more