Lehigh University

Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Lehigh University 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

Due Process Rating

Sexual Misconduct

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F

Non-Sexual Misconduct

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C

  • Library and Technology Services: Acceptable Use of Computer Systems and Facilities Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: November 6, 2018

    Examples of prohibited uses include, but are not limited to, the following: … Placing the following types of information or software on any Computer System or Facility or on any system connected directly to the Computer Systems and Facilities: … That which is abusive, profane, or sexually offensive to th... Read More
  • Policy on Harassment and Non-Discrimination

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 6, 2018

    A hostile work, learning, co-curricular, social or living environment occurs when a member of the Lehigh University community or a visitor is subjected to unwelcome statements, jokes, gestures, pictures, touching, or other conduct that offends, demeans, harasses, or intimidates and is based on one or more of the pro... Read More
  • Lehigh University Social Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: November 6, 2018

    Party themes and behavior should not be sexually, racially, religiously or otherwise offensive, and should not promote the irresponsible use of alcohol. … Reference to drinking or to alcoholic beverages may not be made in any advertising or promotion of social events. Prohibited are words, pictures, or drawing... Read More
  • Diversity and Inclusion: The Principles of Our Equitable Community

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: November 6, 2018

    Every member of our community has a personal responsibility to acknowledge and practice the following basic principles: … We confront and reject discrimination in all its forms, including that based on age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, poli... Read More
  • Student Handbook: University Conduct System- Expectations of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: November 6, 2018

    Lehigh University expects that all students will act in a civil manner that reflects maturity, social responsibility, and respect towards others and the Lehigh Community. Read More
  • Office of the Vice Provost: Building a Community of Respect

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: November 6, 2018

    Acts of hostility or harassment based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, disability or veteran status are not acceptable and are inconsistent with the fundamental values of the university. Such actions will not be tolerated and will be addressed swi... Read More
  • Student Organization, Group and Activity Policies: Political Activity

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: November 6, 2018

    Lehigh University, as an institution of higher education, is committed to freedom of inquiry, the open exchange of ideas, and the open pursuit of knowledge. Read More
  • Student Handbook: POLICY ON FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, INQUIRY AND EXPRESSION, AND DISSENT BY STUDENTS

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: November 6, 2018

    Free inquiry and free speech and expression, including the right to open dissent, are indispensable in achieving the goals of an academic community.  Lehigh University students and student organizations are free to discuss all topics and questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately.  ... Read More
  • Policy on Harassment and Non-Discrimination

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: November 6, 2018

    Lehigh University upholds the principles of academic freedom and free speech … Read More

Policies are rated on their inclusion of 10 due process safeguards. Each policy may receive 2 points for fully including that safeguard, 1 point for partial inclusion, and 0 points for no meaningful inclusion. Most, but not all, institutions have separate policies for sexual misconduct and all other misconduct. See FIRE’s Spotlight on Due Process report for more information.

Grades

Sexual Misconduct

F
2/20
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous

Non-Sexual Misconduct

C
10/20
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous
  • Ninth Circuit: School, Employer Terms of Use Are Not the Law

    April 12, 2012

    On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an en banc decision (.PDF) in United States v. Nosal, affirming a federal district court’s dismissal of several counts of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). At The Volokh Conspiracy, law professor Orin Kerr has been following this case closely… Read more

  • FIRE’s Free Speech Victory at Duke Highlighted in ‘Morning Call’

    April 8, 2010

    The Morning Call (Allentown, PA) ran an op-ed last Saturday highlighting FIRE’s successful work defending freedom of expression against censorship by the Women’s Center at Duke University and in other cases. Charles D. Snelling writes: I belong to an organization called FIRE — Foundation for Individual Rights in Education — that is a vitally needed defender… Read more

  • Lehigh Student Paper Gets FIRE Wrong

    March 2, 2010

    Samantha Harris, FIRE’s Director of Speech Code Research, has an excellent letter-to-the-editor in today’s edition of The Brown and White, Lehigh University’s student newspaper. Sam’s letter responds to student reporter Dani Todd’s article published last Friday about Lehigh’s red-light rating in FIRE’s speech code database, Spotlight: The Campus Freedom Resource. Sam responds to comments by… Read more

  • Bucknell Alumnus Prefers Rival Lehigh on Free Speech

    October 20, 2009

    Bucknell University alumnus Charles Mitchell has a strong piece in today’s Morning Call (Allentown, PA) regarding the administration’s wrongheaded censorship of political activity by the Bucknell University Conservatives Club (BUCC). Because of Bucknell’s actions, the school is on FIRE’s Red Alert list, which warns students to think twice before applying for admission to Bucknell if… Read more

  • FIRE Remembers September 11

    September 11, 2007

    Today, FIRE joins individuals across America and around the world in reflecting upon the tragic events of September 11, 2001. As university students and professors from Maine to California host commemorations today to remember those who suffered and died six years ago, we take a moment to look back at how those events played out… Read more

  • What 9/11 Taught Us About Academia

    September 11, 2006

    Today, FIRE joins the rest of the nation in remembering the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Five years ago, the events of 9/11 highlighted—in a very ugly way—just how out of touch many universities are with the American public. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, when much of America was still in mourning, a… Read more