Haverford College

Location: Haverford, Pennsylvania
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Haverford 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

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

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  • Haverford College Honor Code

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    Our adherence to this written expression of our shared values establishes an open environment of learning and growing through personal and community responsibility. Because we subscribe to these values, we commit as members of the Haverford community to follow the Honor Code. … [T]he Code requires discussion t... Read More
  • Sexual Misconduct: Other Gender-Based Misconduct,

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    “Other Gender-Based Misconduct,” defined as acts which do not meet the narrow definition of “Title IX Sexual Harassment,” as defined above, but nevertheless could constitute discrimination on the basis of sex. Other Gender-Based Misconduct includes: … Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including but not lim... Read More
  • Expressive Freedom and Responsibility

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    Haverford College has consistently and actively affirmed all students’ rights to free inquiry, assembly, and expression in the broad context of its educational mission. These rights include the right to expression of dissent through peaceful protest. The Haverford College Faculty Handbook (Section III, Subsection C)... Read More
  • Sexual Misconduct: Title IX Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    “Title IX Sexual Harassment,” in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education Final Rule, includes any conduct on the basis of sex that is alleged to have occurred in a College education program or activity, and is alleged to have been perpetrated against a person in the United States. The conduct alleged, if tr... Read More
  • Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    Use of College IT Resources in any of the following manners is expressly prohibited and a violation of this policy. Examples of prohibited practices are provided, but should not be construed as a comprehensive list. a. Unlawful Communications. Use of the College IT Resources for any unlawful communications including... Read More

FIRE surveyed roughly 44,000 students at 203 colleges and universities about the climate for free speech at their institutions. See the full report on FIRE’s 2022 College Free Speech Rankings for more information.


Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 27.04

Rankings / out of 203 colleges ranked

Overall Ranking 191
Openness 125
Tolerance (Liberals) 3
Tolerance (Conservatives) 109
Administrative Support 171
Comfort 200
Disruptive Conduct 171

Administrative Behavior

Supported Scholars 0
Sanctioned Scholars 0
Successful Disinvitations 0


Speech Climate POOR
Speech Code RED
  • Haverford College: Amendments to Social Honor Code Restrict Student Expression

    June 30, 2021

    On May 3, 2021, Haverford’s student body passed a resolution amending the Social Honor Code to impose new restrictions on speech, including “political beliefs” that “perpetuate discrimination.” The resolution then proceeded to the administration for review. FIRE wrote to Haverford on May 7, calling on the administration to reject the proposed amendments and to revise… Read more

  • From Berkeley to Haverford: Have we forgotten the progressive history of free speech on college campuses?

    June 17, 2022

    In the 1960s, students at the University of California, Berkeley formed the storied Free Speech Movement to counter “the old-school ideas of paternalistic university supervision” that prevented them from fully participating in Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement. Their civil liberties victories helped catalyze new waves of political expression on college campuses across… Read more

  • July 2021 Speech Code of the Month: Haverford College

    July 1, 2021

    At Haverford College, a recent amendment to the school’s Social Honor Code means students could be subject to punishment if other students determine they’ve committed an “act of … microaggression.” The amendment also states that students must be respectful of “community standards” when expressing “political opinions,” and that “political beliefs [that] perpetuate discrimination,” or that… Read more

  • Preventing the Tyranny of the Minority: Disinvitation and Dissenting Opinions

    August 5, 2015

    Haverford College, the prestigious and bucolic liberal arts school located in the Philadelphia suburbs, made national news in May 2014 when Robert Birgeneau, former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, withdrew as commencement speaker following student complaints about his role in the 2011 Berkeley Occupy protests. The students’ letter, as summarized by Philly.com, urged… Read more

  • Replacement Speakers at Haverford and Smith Urge Graduates to Listen to Other Viewpoints

    May 19, 2014

    “Disinvitation season” continues, but at least some students are getting a lesson in what the phenomenon means for open discourse on campus.

    Former Princeton University president William G. Bowen spoke at Haverford College’s commencement ceremony Sunday and criticized those whose demands ultimately led to former University of California, Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau withdrawing from the event. And at Smith College, former Smith president Ruth J. Simmons replaced International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde as speaker after Lagarde backed down in the face of student protests. In her speech, Simmons emphasized the importance of hearing views with which you disagree, even those that are “deeply offensive.”

  • Don’t Save the Date: NYT, WSJ, Fox, MSNBC, NPR Cover ‘Disinvitation Season’

    May 13, 2014

    The Class of 2014 is preparing for graduation by buying their caps and gowns—but let’s hope they weren’t counting on having a speaker for the ceremony. The years-long, snowballing trend of protests against commencement speakers, which FIRE has termed “disinvitation season,” is getting major attention this year from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR, among many other outlets.

  • Commencement Invitation Drama Continues; Free Speech Advocates Speak Out

    May 9, 2014

    This spring, FIRE has already brought you the news of women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali being disinvited from speaking at Brandeis University, Condoleezza Rice canceling her commencement speech at Rutgers University after some students objected to her invitation, and Pasadena City College disinviting and then re-inviting Academy Award-winning writer Dustin Lance Black. It’s been a pretty active “disinvitation season” so far, and free speech advocates are speaking up about why this trend is so worrying.

  • The Problem with Mandating Civility

    October 11, 2012

    FIRE is often referred to as a "watchdog" organization, and that is indeed an important part of what we do. But those who follow our work know that we also love to reward schools for upholding students’ free speech rights. That is why when a university earns a "green light" rating—a distinction currently awarded to… Read more