Dickinson College

Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.dickinson.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Dickinson 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.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Bias Incident Protocol

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: January 28, 2016

    Bias incident is defined as a pejorative act or expression that a reasonable person would conclude is directed at and/or impacts a member or group based on but not limited to those characteristics outlined above. A bias motivated incident can occur whether the act or expression was intentional or unintentional.

    In cases where bias incidents are not violations of the Community Standards, the Sexual Misconduct Policy, the Grievance Policy or any other applicable policy of the College, the Bias Education & Response Team (B.E.R.T) will serve as primary coordinators for seeking resolution. Approaches to resolving incidents may include but are not limited to: conflict resolution sessions between target/witness and perpetrator(s), organizing community forums, community service requirement, etc.

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  • Policy for Responsible Use of Electronic Communications and Network Services

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 28, 2016

    Employees and students are prohibited from using College-owned computers and/or College-provided computer/network services to:

    * Download offensive or derogatory material from the Internet. … * Send harassing or offensive communications over computer lines, including initiating or forwarding electronic chain letters.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 28, 2016

    Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when one or more of the following conditions are present: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, i.e. it is sufficiently serious, pervasive, or persistent as to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning, or sexually offensive working, academic, residential, or social environment under both an objective (a reasonable person’s view) and subjective (the complainant’s view) standard.


    The College also prohibits gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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  • Community Standards: Social Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 28, 2016

    Engaging in conduct that has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile environment or which deprives another person of the ability to fully participate in the programs or opportunities of the college based on that person’s gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability or other characteristic protected by law or College policy is a violation of the Community Standards. Discriminatory Conduct may occur in a single egregious instance or may be the cumulative result of a series of incidents and may include, but is not limited to, acts of verbal, nonverbal or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility.

    Physical, verbal or psychological abuse, harassment, intimidation or other harmful conduct that threatens, endangers, or has the potential to endanger the health, well-being or safety of another individual. It can include but is not limited to threats, intimidation, assaulting another person, and/or purposefully injuring another individual.

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Green Light Policies
  • Students’ Rights as Citizens

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: January 28, 2016

    College students are both members of the academic community and citizens. As citizens, students should enjoy the same freedom of speech, peaceable assembly, and right of petition that other citizens enjoy. The college shall not inhibit such intellectual and personal development of students as may be prompted by their exercise of these rights both on- and off-campus.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • Ian McEwan’s Message to College Graduates: Protect Offensive Speech

    May 19, 2015

    While commencement speakers across the nation share their wisdom and advice with their audiences, one speaker at Dickinson College chose to deliver a very specific charge this year: Protect free speech. Ian McEwan, an award-winning English novelist, urged Dickinson graduates to uphold freedom of expression, which “sustains all the other freedoms we enjoy.” He invited the graduates to join noted free speech advocates ranging back to John Milton by “us[ing] your fine liberal education to preserve for future generations the beautiful and precious but also awkward, sometimes inconvenient and even offensive culture of freedom of expression we have.” He called […]

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