Mount Holyoke College

Location: South Hadley, Massachusetts
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Mount Holyoke 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

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159
  • Office of Residential Life Policies and Procedures: Bias-Related Incidents

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 19, 2022

    Harassment based on race, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender/gender expression, religion, age, or disability is not tolerated in the residence halls. Such behavior includes unwelcome slurs, jokes, graphic or written materials, and all other verbal or physical actions related to an individual&... Read More
  • Protocols for Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: July 19, 2022

    Bias incidents are any act, conduct, or communication that reasonably is understood to demean, degrade, threaten, or harass an individual or group based on an actual or perceived identity characteristic such as race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gend... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Chalking

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 19, 2022

    Mount Holyoke College allows chalking on campus under the following guidelines. Individuals will be held responsible for any damage and/or cleanup if these guidelines are not followed. ● Only erasable chalk may be used — grease-based chalk is not permitted. ● Chalking may be done only on asphalt roads and walkways. ... Read More
  • Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct: Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 19, 2022

    Sex based harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, as determined by a reasonable person that is severe, pervasive or objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the College’s education program or activity. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sex... Read More
  • Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct: Title IX Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 19, 2022

    Sexual Harassment: unwelcome conduct, determined by a reasonable person, to be so severe, and pervasive, and, objectively offensive, that it effectively denies a person equal access to the College’s education program or activity. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Community Responsibility

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 19, 2022

    The very act of choosing to become a member of the Mount Holyoke community implies a commitment to free inquiry, a search for understanding as central to the liberal arts education, and a willingness to share in the responsibility for maintaining an environment in which these goals may be attained. Read More
  • Student Handbook: The Mount Holyoke Community

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 19, 2022

    Mount Holyoke College believes in the right, indeed the necessity, of free inquiry and free expression for every member of the College community. Read More

FIRE surveyed roughly 44,000 students at 203 colleges and universities about the climate for free speech at their institutions. See the full report on FIRE’s 2022 College Free Speech Rankings for more information.

 

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 36.7

Rankings / out of 203 colleges ranked

Overall Ranking 159
Openness 5
Tolerance (Liberals) 19
Tolerance (Conservatives) 198
Administrative Support 56
Comfort 103
Disruptive Conduct 178

Administrative Behavior

Supported Scholars 0
Sanctioned Scholars 0
Successful Disinvitations 0

Climate

Speech Climate BELOW AVERAGE
Speech Code RED
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.