Grinnell College

Location: Grinnell, Iowa
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Grinnell College 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 here.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Information Technology Services: Academic Computer Usage 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Grinnell College supports the free expression and exchange of ideas and opinions and hopes that users of its computer systems will actively explore the possibilities of electronic publication on the World Wide Web. The College encourages students, faculty, and staff to develop and publish WWW pages through its servers (,,, and

    Exercising one’s right to free speech in an academic community, however, also entails some responsibilities that authors should be aware of:

    It is improper and inappropriate to use the College’s World Wide Web servers purposely to annoy, abuse, libel, threaten, or harass anyone, individually or collectively, or to violate state or federal laws.

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  • Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one of the following conditions is present: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning, or sexually offensive working, academic, or social environment. The purpose or effect will be evaluated based on the perspective of a reasonable person in the position of a Complainant.

    Sexual harassment also includes gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, and/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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  • Student Handbook: Campus Life Policies- Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment is conduct that has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for a student, interfering with the academic performance or extracurricular activity of a student or the work performance of a faculty or staff member. Complaints under this category may include:

    1. Conduct that threatens the health or safety of a person or persons at the College
    2. Conduct that damages or threatens to damage property of the College or property owned by person or persons at the College
    3. Conduct that substantially interferes or threatens to substantially interfere with a person’s or persons’ right of access to educational programs or extracurricular activities offered by the College.

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  • Student Handbook: Campus Life Policies- Hate Crimes and Bias-Motivated Incidents Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    [A] bias-motivated incident … is an expression of hostility against a person, group, or property thereof because of such person’s (or group’s) identifying or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, and/or sexual orientation.

    Campus Safety and Security takes reports of incidents, conducts investigations of alleged college regulation violations or crimes, maintains records of incidents for reporting requirements and forwards incident reports to the City of Grinnell Police Department when appropriate.

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  • Sexual Respect at Grinnell College: About Sexual Misconduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Definitions regarding forms of prohibited conduct, consent and related concepts, and other terms are listed below (Source: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy).

    Sexual Harassment: unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

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Green Light Policies
  • About Grinnell: Mission and Values 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    When Grinnell College framed its charter in the Iowa Territory of the United States in 1846, it set forth a mission to educate its students “for the different professions and for the honorable discharge of the duties of life.” The College pursues that mission by providing an education in the liberal arts through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas.

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  • Report: UI, ISU and UNI on “red light” speech code list

    December 18, 2012

    A new report lists the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa among schools that earn the lowest rating regarding free speech on campus. The UI, ISU and UNI were among the schools on the “red light” list from the 2013 report on campus speech codes by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.  Grinnell College was on the “yellow light” list in the report. More than three-fifths — 62.1 percent — of the 409 schools surveyed have speech codes that “clearly fail to meet First Amendment standards,” according to the foundation. Those schools were […]

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