Dickinson College

Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Type: Private
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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
  • Student Life: Bias Incident Protocol

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: March 23, 2020

    B.E.R.T responders will NOT be involved in the investigative aspects of bias incidents. Dickinson’s Department of Public Safety (and when applicable Carlisle Police Dept.) will continue to be the primary investigators. … Bias incident is defined as a pejorative act or expression that a reasonable person would ... Read More
  • Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 23, 2020

    Sexual harassment is any unwelcome or unwanted conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive, or objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the College’s education program, activity, or employment; or when submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for a... Read More
  • Community Standards: Social Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 23, 2020

    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 race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability or other characteristic protec... Read More
  • Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy: Academic Integrity and Freedom of Speech

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 23, 2020

    The College is committed to the principles of free inquiry and expression. Vigorous discussion and debate are fundamental to this commitment … Read More
  • Dickinson College seeks to identify, but says it won’t punish, operator of anonymous ‘Men of Dickinson’ Instagram account

    May 1, 2020

    Earlier this month, Dickinson College’s administration and security officials sought to identify the anonymous operator of an Instagram account, “menofdickinson,” while asking Instagram to remove the account. In response to a letter from FIRE, the college has committed that it will not discipline any student responsible for the account, but defended its efforts to investigate… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Dickinson College

    March 27, 2017

    FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for March 2017: Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Like many colleges and universities, Dickinson has a protocol for reporting “bias incidents.” This Orwellian phenomenon has become so widespread that FIRE recently released a report on it, surveying more than 230 bias reporting systems nationwide. As we noted in… Read more

  • 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… Read more