Lafayette College

Location: Easton, Pennsylvania
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Lafayette 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 Handbook: Code of Conduct – Introductory Statement

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 10, 2020

    In addition to exhibiting maturity and self-control, students and student organizations are expected to so conduct themselves that they cause no physical, emotional, or mental harm to others; that they neither break laws nor contribute to the delinquency of others; and that they do not destroy property. Participatio... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 10, 2020

    Any unwelcome expressive, visual, or physical conduct including, but not limited to, bullying, cyberbullying, stalking, cyber-stalking, threats, and intimidation when: … 3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work, educational performance, or status; or 4. Su... Read More
  • Division of Campus Life: Bias Response Team

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: July 10, 2020

    The Bias Response Team (BRT) was established by a coalition of students, faculty, and administrators to provide a mechanism to respond to acts of intolerance and to resolve conflicts in a spirit of civil discourse and mutual accountability. Bias or hate incidents of any kind are contrary to the aforementioned princi... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Solicitation and Distribution of Literature

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 10, 2020

    Prohibited behavior includes soliciting or distributing literature by any student or student organization without prior registration through the Office of Student involvement or the Office of Residence Life, and/or soliciting or distributing literature during the final exam period, outside the hours of 10 a.m. and 8... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Appendix IV, Office of Residence Life- Conditions of Occupancy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 10, 2020

    Posters, flags, or other decorations hung in a student’s window and/or visible from outside of the residence hall that may be obscene in nature or disruptive to the College community are not permitted. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Policy on sexual and gender-based harassment and other prohibited conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 10, 2020

    Gender-Based Harassment is verbal, nonverbal, graphic, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostile conduct based on sex, sex-stereotyping, sexual orientation or gender identity, but not involving conduct of a sexual nature, when such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it interferes wi... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Statement on the Rights and Responsibilities of Students

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 10, 2020

    The chartered functions and the goals of Lafayette College include the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, and the creation of an atmosphere conducive to the development of students.  … Freedom of inquiry and freedom of expression are indispensable to the attainment of the goals of Lafayette Colle... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Lafayette College responds to Trump’s executive order and criticism from FIRE

    April 2, 2019

    Last week, Lafayette College president Alison Byerly spoke about President Donald Trump’s executive order regarding campus free speech. Byerly expressed some concern about its enforcement, yet sounded confident that it would not affect the college “in any way” and unconcerned about Lafayette policies flagged by FIRE that do not meet First Amendment standards. It’s fair… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Lafayette College

    October 4, 2018

    After meeting the Marquis de Lafayette during his tour of America in 1824, an Easton, Pennsylvania lawyer was inspired to name his town’s new college after the general, as “a testimony of respect for [his] talents, virtues, and signal services … in the great cause of freedom.” Indeed, Lafayette had been a key proponent of… Read more

  • Election Day on Campus

    November 7, 2006

    While most universities nominally encourage students’ political activism, several universities have undermined students’ attempts to voice their political opinions in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections.   Lafayette College President Daniel Weiss cancelled a scheduled visit to campus by Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann, who was invited to speak on campus by… Read more

  • Students’ Right to Partisan Speech

    October 26, 2006

    With Election Day only a couple of weeks away, many politically-oriented student groups will be inviting their parties’ respective candidates to campus, if they haven’t already. Some universities may claim that student groups cannot invite speakers to campus, since the school has an interest in political neutrality. Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College recently committed just such an… Read more

  • Lafayette College Misunderstands Partisan Speech

    October 20, 2006

    Lafayette College has denied permission for Republican gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann to speak on the Lafayette campus. The Lafayette College Republicans had invited Swann to participate in a conference call with other Pennsylvanian College Republican chapters. President Daniel Weiss said that Lafayette’s decision was necessary to maintain the college’s political neutrality, a ridiculous claim given… Read more