Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Location: North Adams, Massachusetts
Website: http://www.mcla.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Resident Student Handbook: Solicitation, Posting Policy & Private Enterprise

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    The Director of RPS reserves the right to refuse permission to advertise events or services that promote the use of alcohol or are insensitive to members of the campus community.

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  • Student Handbook: Advertising Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Advertisements that promote the sale or use of alcohol or contain material that is deemed inappropriate or offensive to the campus community will not be approved for posting.

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  • Electronic Communications Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Users should avoid purposefully giving offense to others. Users are expected to follow proper “netiquette” when using the College network, electronic communication systems, or the Internet.

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  • Sexual Violence Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature prohibited when: submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education; and/or submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; and/or such conduct has the purposed or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating a sexual intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational or living environment.

    Gender-Based Harassment. Unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on a person’s actual or perceived sex, including conduct based on gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes, is prohibited when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of condition of an individual’s employment or education; and/or submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; and/or such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational or living environment based on gender.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Special Behavioral Standards for Students at MCLA

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Conduct less than a physical attack or contact, which is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with a person’s employment, academic performance or participation in College programs or activities, and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive.

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  • Student Handbook: Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Discriminatory Harassment.  A form of unlawful discrimination including verbal and/or physical conduct based on legally protected characteristics and/or membership in a protected class that: has the purpose or effect of creating an objectively intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment; has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or learning performance; or otherwise unreasonably adversely affects an individual’s employment or educational opportunities.

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  • Student Handbook: Free Speech and Assembly

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    All students have a right to demonstrate on College premises provided no such demonstration shall materially disrupt class, work or other College business or involves substantial disorder or invasion of the rights of others.

    There shall be no interference with a demonstration on the grounds of content of speech, except for any speech or demonstration that incites immediate violent actions, represents a clear and present danger to the campus community, is motivated by hate or bias and may constitute a violation of state law.

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  • ‘Speech Code of the Month’ in ‘The FIRE Quarterly’

    May 25, 2007

    As Torch readers know, each month, FIRE features a college or university with a particularly egregious speech code as its Speech Code of the Month. We use Speech Code of the Month to educate the public about the ever-present problem of speech codes on campus, but the feature also helps put public pressure on these schools to encourage revisions of these repressive policies. An article in our new issue of The FIRE Quarterly discusses the changes in policies FIRE has witnessed in four institutions that have been named Speech Code of the Month in the past. Since June 2005, Albertson […]

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  • New Speech Code of the Month Website Feature

    April 13, 2007

    FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month program has been an important vehicle for change. Since June 2005, five universities—Albertson College of Idaho, the University of Nevada at Reno, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Jacksonville State University, and the University of Mississippi—have changed their policies after being named Speech Code of the Month. In addition, the president of Western Michigan University has stated that his institution will revise a policy that was named FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month for March 2007. Thanks to a new feature, visitors to FIRE’s website can now see our Speech Codes of the Month together […]

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  • Victory for Free Speech at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

    January 16, 2007

    Students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are much freer today than they were a year ago, thanks to a significant revision in university policy. Since being named FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month in January 2006, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has dramatically changed its policies. This victory for free expression follows a similar turn of events just over a year ago at Albertson College of Idaho.   In January 2006, FIRE featured MCLA’s Picketing Policy as our Speech Code of the Month. The policy in effect at that time provided that: There shall be no interference with […]

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

    January 3, 2006

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for January 2006: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The Student Handbook at Massachusetts College for Liberal Arts (MCLA), a public institution bound by the First Amendment, contains a Picketing Policy that provides as follows: “There shall be no interference with a demonstration on the grounds of content of speech, except for any speech or demonstration, which…victimizes others because the speech contains offensive language and/or is motivated by hate or bias.” That’s right: MCLA will not interfere with a student demonstration unless it offends somebody. This policy is both absurd and unconstitutional. The […]

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