Lewis & Clark College

Location: Portland, Oregon
Type: Private

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  • At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • Trend of racially segregated campus events is putting institutions on dangerous legal ground

    April 22, 2022

    With nearly 60 years having passed since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans have the right to expect racial segregation — at least of the “official” variety — to be a thing of the past on our nation’s college campuses. Yet along with others, FIRE has noticed a recent pattern of events that explicitly… Read more

  • So to Speak podcast: Campus mobs, heckler’s vetoes, racial segregation, and a rogue student government!

    November 13, 2020

    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by FIRE’s Robert Shibley and Adam Goldstein to discuss recent cases of censorship — and a case of racial segregation — on campus. Show notes: Teaching history not permitted: St. John’s bulldozes academic freedom, punishes professor for posing question about ‘Columbian… Read more

  • INVESTIGATION: Portland’s Lewis & Clark College mandates racial segregation in orientation programming

    October 27, 2020

    PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 27, 2020 — Last week, two U.S. senators called on the Department of Justice to investigate alleged racial segregation in American schools. Today, an investigation by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reveals that Portland’s Lewis & Clark College also engaged in mandatory racial segregation in its first-year orientation program this… Read more

  • Lewis and Clark Law School faculty make statement on free speech

    May 9, 2018

    Last month, the faculty of Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, voted unanimously to endorse a statement on free speech. The statement reaffirms the law school’s commitment to free expression and robust debate as essential elements of a quality legal education. Endorsing the marketplace of ideas, the statement encourages community members to counter… Read more

  • FIRE Asks Lewis & Clark Trustees to Revoke Punishment for Students’ Protected Speech

    November 24, 2014

    Despite warnings from FIRE and criticism from media outlets and 40 faculty members, Lewis & Clark College (LCC) still has not rescinded its punishment against two students who were unjustly charged with, and found responsible for, “Physical or Mental Harm,” “Discrimination or Harassment,” and “Disorderly Conduct” for supposedly “racial and biased” comments. Last week, FIRE… Read more

  • ‘Oregonian’ on Failure to Lead at Lewis & Clark

    May 15, 2014

    As The Oregonian (Portland) writer Steve Duin notes, everyone is talking about the free speech controversy swirling around Lewis & Clark College. Everyone except the Lewis & Clark administration, that is. According to Duin, the college’s administration is sorely lacking in the kind of leadership and transparency necessary to help navigate the college through this and other controversies.

  • Lewis & Clark College Stays Silent on Racial Harassment Charges

    May 13, 2014

    If you’re just tuning in to this story, Oregon’s Lewis & Clark College is receiving criticism from FIRE, the media, and its students and faculty for the college’s punishment of two students based on remarks overheard at a private party and reported to campus authorities. Amidst the turmoil over FIRE’s revelations of its misguided and illiberal punishment of the two students, Lewis & Clark has stonewalled its faculty and only gone so far as to tell FIRE that it “may” respond to our numerous concerns.

  • Racial Humor Among Friends Deemed ‘Harassment’ at Lewis & Clark College

    May 8, 2014

    Lewis & Clark College has declared two students, one African-American and one white, guilty of creating a “hostile and discriminatory environment” after racially themed jokes spoken between the friends at a private party were overheard and reported to campus authorities. The students contacted FIRE for help. In the face of media scrutiny and growing faculty concern, the college has said only that it “may” respond to FIRE’s criticisms.