Macalester College

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Macalester 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

out of 154 colleges surveyed Read more
128
  • Student Handbook: Campus Policies and Protocols- Social Networking/Social Media

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 8, 2021

    Students accessing social networking/social media services such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and others should carefully read the terms and conditions set forth by such services. … In addition to violation of College policy, the posting of inappropriate material may subject students to criminal a... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Campus Policies and Protocols- Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 8, 2021

    Discriminatory Harassment is defined as verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct or communication based upon a person’s protected status, including race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, gender identity, marital status, familial status, pregnancy, membership or activity in a local h... Read More
  • Harassment and Bias Prevention: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 8, 2021

    What is a bias-related incident? Bias-related incidents refer to language, images or behaviors that demonstrate bias against another person based on but not limited to his or her membership in a group, based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age,... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Campus Policies and Protocols- Publicity/Posting

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 8, 2021

    Individuals and/or groups will be held accountable for postings that are not respectful of Macalester College community standards. … The following general guidelines apply to postings, fliers, electronic mail announcements or messages, chalking and other forms of printed or written expression: Members of the ... Read More
  • Bias/Harassment Incident Report

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 8, 2021

    This form should be used to report any event believed to have been hate- or bias-motivated and that happened to you at Macalester College or in the Twin Cities area. Your responses can be anonymous unless you chose to include identifying information on this form. … Nature of Incident (check all that apply): De... Read More
  • Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 8, 2021

    As used in this Policy, Non-Title IX Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature or based on sex, including sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: … That conduct or ... Read More
  • Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy: Title IX Hostile Environment Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 8, 2021

    Title IX Hostile Environment Harassment is unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the College’s education program or activity. For the purposes of the definition of Title IX Host... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Community Responsibilities- Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities, Expression and Inquiry in Campus Activities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 8, 2021

    Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Community Responsibilities- Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities, Preamble

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 8, 2021

    Macalester College exists for the transmission of knowledge and the pursuit of truth. Free inquiry, free expression and responsibly free activity are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. Read More

FIRE surveyed roughly 37,000 students at 154 colleges and universities about the climate for free speech at their institutions. In 2021, FIRE released rankings of those schools, based on a number of factors, including openness, tolerance, self-expression, administrative support for free speech, and campus policies, scoring overall speech climate on a scale from 0-100. See the full report on FIRE’s 2021 College Free Speech Rankings for more information.

 

Rankings / out of 154 colleges surveyed

Overall Ranking 128
Ideological Diversity 150

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 55.63
Openness 11.23
Tolerance (Liberals) 12.53
Tolerance (Conservatives) 7.22
Administrative Support 5.78
Comfort 15.69
Disruptive Conduct 9.17
Speech Code RED
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Worst IT Policies: Macalester College’s ‘Social Media/Social Networking’ policy

    April 29, 2020

    With students having shifted to online learning in the wake of COVID-19, FIRE is highlighting the college and university policies nationwide that most seriously restrict students’ online speech. This is the first in a multi-part series pointing out the country’s worst IT policies. Policies selected for this series either broadly apply to students posting/sending online… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Macalester College

    July 5, 2006

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for July 2006: Macalester College. As a private university, Macalester is not bound by the First Amendment. It is, however, bound by the contractual promises it makes to its students. Macalester’s Student Handbook provides that “[t]he relationships between Macalester College and its students is a legal and… Read more