Macalester College

Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

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 here.

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Facebook and Social Networking 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Students accessing “social networking services” such as Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, 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 and civil penalties. As referenced in the terms and conditions of these networking services, students should refrain from posting material that is deemed to be criminal; harassing; racially, sexually, ethnically or religiously objectionable; defamatory; obscene; invasive of another’s privacy; or infringing of copyright.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Harassment or Bias Incident Online Report Form 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    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): Derogatory jokes or comments based on a social identity (race, religion, sex, ability, religion, etc.) ….

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  • Student Handbook: Publicity/Posting 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies

    Individuals and/or groups will be held accountable for postings that are not respectful of Macalester College community standards.

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  • Harassment & Bias Prevention Support & Resources: Frequently Asked Questions 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    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, religion, or an individual’s particular characteristics, role, or behavior.

    The College does value freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas. This value of openness protects controversial ideas, but it does not protect harassment or expression of bias or harassment aimed at individuals that violate college policy.

    Depending on the totality of the circumstances, writing a racial epithet in erasable marker on someone’s dry-erase board, making fun of another person because of his or her language or accent, or making insulting comments about someone’s traditional manner of dress or geographic origin are hypothetical examples of a bias-related incident.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities- Preamble 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    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.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities- Expression and Inquiry in Campus Activities 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately.

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  • Student Handbook: Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    In general, harassment includes any verbal, written, or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with or deprives someone with academic, social or work-related access, benefits, or opportunities in the College community. Harassment that is directed at a person’s actual or perceived race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or any other characteristic or behavior is prohibited at Macalester. Sexual harassment, specifically, is harassment of this nature that is gender-based. That is gender-based verbal or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with or deprives someone of educational access, benefits, or opportunities.

    What are often called hate incidents, may also be a form of harassment. Hate incidents are words or actions that target, threaten, or attack an individual or group because of their actual or perceived race, color, national or ethnic origin, religious affiliation, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. It becomes harassment when these words or deeds unreasonably interfere with or deprive someone of educational access, benefits, or opportunities.

    For a behavior to be termed as harassment, it must be pervasive and constitute a pattern rather than 1-2 isolated incidents or have a pattern and/or degree of severity that the behavior reasonably interferes with or deprives the targeted person of employment, educational access, benefits, or opportunity.

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  • 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 contractual one…. The legal and contractual relationship is defined in the Handbook, as well as the College Catalog and other official documents of the institution.” The Student Handbook promises Macalester students the rights to “free expression” and “free inquiry,” and provides that “[s]tudents and student […]

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