Pomona College

Location: Claremont, California
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Pomona College 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

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination Policy and Title IX Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    Sexual harassment may be either “quid pro quo” harassment, that is sexual advances or requests for sexual favors where submission is made an explicit or implicit term or condition of an individual’s employment or education or where submission or rejection is used as the basis for making employment or educational dec... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code- Proscribed Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    Violations of the Student Code include: … Use of the colleges’ computing facilities to send obscene, threatening or abusive messages. Read More
  • Student Handbook: General Policies & Procedures- Computing Network and Resources Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    The College’s policies on harassment apply equally to electronic displays and communications as they do to more traditional means of display and communication. You must not display or transmit abusive images, sounds or messages to an identifiable individual or group of individuals. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Hate Crimes and Bias-Related Incidents Protocol

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    Bias-related incidents are expressions of hostility against another individual (or group) because of the other person’s (or group’s) race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender identity or expression and sexual orientation, or because the perpetrator perceives that the other person (or group... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code- Proscribed Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    Speech Code: The Pomona College student body believes that free speech is critical to Pomona’s mission as an educational institution, and therefore, the norm is that speech and other forms of expression are protected. However, in the following cases, speech and other forms of expression are unprotected and a violati... Read More
  • Student Handbook: The Claremont Colleges Policies and Procedures- The Claremont Colleges Demonstration Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    The undergraduate Claremont colleges – Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College – together with Claremont Graduate University, the Keck Graduate Institute and The Claremont Colleges Services are all member institutions of The Claremont Colleges. Each of these me... 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 27.31

Rankings / out of 203 colleges ranked

Overall Ranking 190
Openness 50
Tolerance (Liberals) 1
Tolerance (Conservatives) 181
Administrative Support 164
Comfort 189
Disruptive Conduct 202

Administrative Behavior

Supported Scholars 0
Sanctioned Scholars 0
Successful Disinvitations 0


Speech Climate POOR
Speech Code YELLOW
  • Pomona College student government’s BDS resolution raises free speech concerns

    April 27, 2021

    Last week, the student government at Pomona College — a private university in Southern California — adopted a resolution limiting how it spends student fees and calling for adoption of a rule prohibiting the funding of student organizations that “fail to divest” from or purchase “goods or services from companies that contribute to the settlement… Read more

  • Pomona College demands student organizations adopt provision allowing leaders’ removal for ‘inappropriate’ speech

    October 9, 2020

    Pomona College promises students free speech. So why is it reserving the right to unilaterally remove the leaders of student organizations for saying things the college doesn’t like? The Claremont Independent, a student newspaper at the Claremont colleges, reports:  This year, Pomona College reaffirmed that to successfully register as a club — required to hold… Read more

  • In wake of troubling campus incidents, students stand up for free speech

    April 19, 2017

    Last week, a staff editorial in Wellesley College’s student newspaper, The Wellesley News, garnered significant public attention for arguing that “[s]hutting down rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others is not a violation of free speech.” The editorial also had a creepy whiff of ideological re-education about it, arguing that while many people… Read more

  • FIRE Q&A: Steven Glick of ‘The Claremont Independent’

    May 24, 2016

    Steven Glick is editor-in-chief of the The Claremont Independent, a student-run newspaper whose motto is “Upholding Truth and Excellence at The Claremont Colleges.” In addition to being a student-athlete, the 21-year-old rising senior majoring in economics at Pomona College was, until last semester, a writing fellow at the school’s Writing Center, which “provides faculty and… Read more

  • The State of Free Speech on Campus: Pomona College

    February 25, 2013

    Today, FIRE brings you the next installment in our blog series on the state of free speech at America’s top 10 liberal arts colleges, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Up today: Pomona College, one of the five undergraduate colleges that are part of the Claremont Colleges consortium in California. Overall, Pomona College’s speech… Read more

  • ‘The Student Life’ Reports on Bias-Related Incidents at Pomona College

    October 19, 2010

    The Student Life (TSL), a student newspaper at Pomona College in California, ran an article on Friday about Pomona’s policy on “bias-related incidents” and about FIRE’s yellow-right rating of Pomona’s speech codes. College policy defines bias-related incidents as “expressions of hostility against another individual (or group) because of the other person’s (or group’s) race, color,… Read more

  • Victory for Individual Rights at Pomona College: No-Trespassing Order Reversed for Two Students Who Asked “Disruptive” Questions

    March 11, 2009

    Pomona College has reversed its no-trespassing order against two Claremont McKenna College (CMC) students who asked several questions and videotaped a public discussion led by a Planned Parenthood representative during Abortion Awareness Week. Two Pomona deans called the questions "disruptive" and instituted the ban without any due process—i.e., without giving the students a hearing or… Read more

  • Free Speech at Pomona College? Let’s Talk about It

    December 19, 2007

    We like to say at FIRE that a great outcome of controversial speech is more speech. And that’s just what Pomona College is up to. In early November, the Pomona Student Union (PSU) organized an immigration debate between Jacob Hornberger, founder of the Future of Freedom Foundation, and Marvin Stewart, president of the Minuteman Project,… Read more