Harvey Mudd College

Location: Claremont, California
Website: http://www.hmc.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Harvey Mudd 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.

Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 17, 2016

    Prohibited harassment is defined as any conduct directed toward an individual based on race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression), marital status, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law (or based on a perception that an individual has such characteristics or associates with others who have, or are perceived to have, such characteristics) that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter or interfere with an individual’s work or academic performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive, work, educational, or living environment. … Conduct alleged to constitute harassment will be evaluated according to the objective standard of a reasonable person. Thus, conduct that is objectionable to some, but that is not severe or pervasive enough to create an objectively intimidating, hostile or offensive environment, is beyond the purview of this policy.

    Harassment can take many forms and will vary with the particular circumstances. Examples of harassment prohibited by this policy may include, without limitation: (1) verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory jokes or comments, or slurs directed at an individual or group of individuals because of a protected characteristic; (2) unwanted advances and/or propositions of a sexual nature, including relationships which began as consensual, but later cease to be mutual and wherein one party then harasses the other; (3) visual displays such as derogatory posters, photography, cartoons, or drawings not protected by policies on academic freedom and freedom of expression that ridicule or demean an individual on the basis of a protected classification ….

    Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome written, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work, educational, or living environment.

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  • Student Handbook: Publicity Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 17, 2016

    Publicity may not contain any reference to alcohol, drugs or violence.

    While it is not the intention of the HMC student body to post offensive posters, it may happen from time to time due to the difference in personal taste, opinion, or background. If a poster is thought to be offensive, it may be removed using the guidelines stated below. Moreover, any poster that does not meet the requirements listed under “Content” may also be removed under these guidelines. Elections posters are not exempt from this policy.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 17, 2016

    It is the intent of the College to develop in its students the capacity for critical judgement and to encourage the independent and sustained search for truth. As an indispensable condition for this search, it is the policy of the College to secure and to respect freedom to teach and freedom to learn in the classroom, the laboratory and the extracurricular opportunities provided to the students.

    Students and student organizations shall be free to discuss all questions, to express opinions publicly or privately, and to support causes by orderly means insofar as such actions do not obstruct or disrupt the regular and essential operations of the college.

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  • Student Handbook: Demonstrations at the Claremont Colleges

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 17, 2016

    The undergraduate Claremont Colleges, Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College together with Claremont Graduate University, Keck Graduate Institute and Claremont University Consortium (CUC) are all member institutions of “The Claremont Colleges.” Each of these member institutions respects the rights of free speech and peaceable assembly, and supports their exercise.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • FIRE Q&A: Steven Glick of ‘The Claremont Independent’

    May 24, 2016

    Steven Glick is editor-in-chief of the The Claremont Independent, a student-run newspaper whose motto is “Upholding Truth and Excellence at The Claremont Colleges.” In addition to being a student-athlete, the 21-year-old rising senior majoring in economics at Pomona College was, until last semester, a writing fellow at the school’s Writing Center, which “provides faculty and students resources to teach, learn, and improve their writing.” But Glick says his news stories at The Claremont Independent brought him under increasing scrutiny at the Writing Center, which he claims had a “political agenda.” Glick wrote an open letter of resignation from the Writing […]

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  • Two More ‘Bias Incident’ Reports at the Claremont Colleges

    December 3, 2008

    The Claremont Consortium is at it again. FIRE has received word of two more “bias related incident” e-mails from Claremont administrators. You may remember that Claremont has a protocol of notifying all students at all five Claremont colleges when such incidents occur. Previous Consortium-wide e-mails followed minor incidents such as the writing of “Hillary is a foxy lesbian” on a whiteboard and the “white party” debacle, where party advertisements posted around the Scripps College campus were deemed offensive by Scripps College Dean of Students Debra Wood. She believed that the flyers were racist and sexist. The incident earned Wood a […]

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