Evergreen State College

Location: Olympia, Washington
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Evergreen State 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
  • The Social Contract

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 24, 2019

    The Social Contract is an agreement … Civility is not just a word; it must be present in all our interactions. Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: Use of college facilities for expressive activities

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2019

    “First amendment activities” include, but are not necessarily limited to, informational picketing, petition circulation, the distribution of information leaflets or pamphlets, speechmaking, demonstrations, rallies, appearances of speakers in outdoor areas, protests, meetings to display group feelings or ... Read More
  • Event Security and Safety

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Security Fee Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2019

    Events covered under this policy include but are not limited to: Concerts Lectures/Speeches/Indoor Rallies Public performances or theater productions Sporting events/competitions Outdoor events … Before submitting an offer or contract, the first step for student organizations and other in-house promoters is ... Read More
  • Student Conduct Code: Prohibited Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2019

    Harassment. Conduct against a person on the basis of protected status that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent as to interfere with or diminishes the ability of a person to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the college, or an employee to engage in work du... Read More
  • Bias Related Incident Response Protocol: Practices & Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: April 24, 2019

    The College champions free expression. The ways in which we address bias incidents respect that value. Bias incidents often center around speech that many community members find offensive. Those who engage in the speech that offends others and those that respond to the speech may be protected by First Amendment righ... Read More
  • The Social Contract

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 24, 2019

    Evergreen’s members live under a special set of rights and responsibilities, foremost among which is that of enjoying the freedom to explore ideas and to discuss their explorations in both speech and print. Both institutional and individual censorship are at variance with this basic freedom. Research or other... Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2019

    “Sexual harassment” is a form of discrimination based on the recipient’s sex. It can involve persons of the same or differing sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. It is characterized by unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a se... Read More
  • Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2019

    In light of all the policies outlined above in this document, the following are examples of specifically prohibited activities: … sexual harassment or harassment based on race, color, gender, religion, creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • So to Speak podcast: Bret Weinstein, professor in exile

    March 8, 2018

    Former Evergreen State College professor Bret Weinstein describes himself as a “professor in exile.” The evolutionary biologist left Evergreen last September in the fallout from the controversy surrounding the school’s planned Day of Absence programming. Weinstein’s objection to the programming led fifty students to disrupt his class and demand his resignation. The backlash became so… Read more

  • The 10 worst colleges for free speech: 2018

    February 12, 2018

    Every year, FIRE chooses the 10 worst colleges for free speech — and unfortunately, 2017 left us with plenty of options: Campuses were rocked by violent mob censorship, monitored by bias response teams, plagued by free speech zones, and beset by far too many disinvitation attempts. Although the number of colleges with the most restrictive… Read more

  • FIRE names America’s 10 worst colleges for free speech: 2018

    February 12, 2018

    PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 12, 2018 — Each year, colleges across the country find dubious ways to silence student and faculty expression. In the last year, administrators became embroiled in litigation for telling a student he couldn’t hand out Spanish-language copies of the U.S. Constitution outside a free speech zone, continued a years-long effort to ban a… Read more

  • Yale 2.0 at Evergreen State College?

    June 1, 2017

    A faculty member sends an email that critiques a recent announcement from the college administration on an issue related to race, equity, and inclusion; students catch wind of the email, allege that its sender is racist, and organize campus-wide protests in response; the protesters confront the faculty member directly and demand their resignation or firing;… Read more

  • Hey, Evergreen State: Let It Go!

    June 6, 2014

    Duquesne University law professor Jacob H. Rooksby reports on the latest failure of common sense on campus over at HigherEducationLaw, and it’s a stunner: Administrators at The Evergreen State College are refusing to let a student theater troupe perform an original work on university property because they’re worried that the production, which includes parodies of Disney songs, might trigger liability for copyright infringement.