Reed College

Location: Portland, Oregon
Website: http://web.reed.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Reed 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 here.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Guidebook to Reed: Community Policies – Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 26, 2014

    Discriminatory harassment is unwelcome verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct based on or motivated by an individual’s or group’s actual or perceived affiliation with a protected class or category. … Discriminatory harassment violates this policy if it is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent that it either (1) denies, interferes with, or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s programs or activities; or (2) creates a learning, working, or living environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or offensive. 

    Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. … Sexual harassment is unlawful and violates this policy if it is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent that it either (1) denies, interferes with, or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s programs or activities; or (2) creates a learning, working, or living environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or offensive.

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  • Reed College Computer User Agreement 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 26, 2014

    Some examples of prohibited uses are: … sending obscene, abusive, harassing, or threatening messages.

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  • Guidebook to Reed: College Organization – Living with the Honor Principle 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: June 26, 2014

    The most common formulation of the honor principle states that any action that causes unnecessary pain or discomfiture to any member of the Reed community, group within the community, or to the community as a whole is a violation of the honor principle.

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  • Guidebook to Reed: Community Policies- Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: June 26, 2014

    Other harassing conduct violates this policy if it is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent that it either (1) denies, interferes with, or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s programs or activities; or (2) creates a learning, working, or living environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or offensive. Such harassment may include: … 

    • bullying, defined as repeated or aggressive behavior likely to intimidate, discomfort, or hurt another member of the Reed community, physically or mentally;

     

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Green Light Policies
  • Guidebook to Reed: Community Policies – Dissent 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 26, 2014

    Reed College considers the right of free speech, and therefore that of dissent to be fundamental to its life as an academic community. The exercise of the right of dissent is not something to be grudgingly tolerated, but actively encouraged.

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  • Guidebook to Reed: Community Policies – Publications and Public Occasions of Expression 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 26, 2014

    Publications, exhibitions, public lectures, and public performances under the sponsorship of the college or of recognized organizations within the Reed Community shall not be subject to institutional censorship. Publications supported wholly by Student Body funds, or by Student Body funds supplemented by revenues external to the college, shall not be subject to censorship or editorial control by the college, by the Student Body Senate, or by any member of the academic or administrative faculty.

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  • Guidebook to Reed: Community Policies – Public Speaking and Solicitation 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 26, 2014

    Reed College is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression, and this means that expressions of opinions that some people find abhorrent must at times be tolerated.

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  • Guidebook to Reed: Community Policies – Academic Freedom and Responsibility 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 26, 2014

    [W]e reaffirm one another’s rights to freedom of inquiry and expression in coursework, scholarship, and the day-to-day life of the Reed community.

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  • Campus Hypersensitivity– At Last A Pushback

    March 24, 2015

    By John Leo at Minding The Campus A campus debate on sexual assault was too much for Emma Hall, a junior at Brown, She had to retreat to a “safe space” because “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs.” Exposure to ideas you don’t already have is problematic on the modern PC campus, as Judith Shulevitz explained Sunday in a New York Times article, “In College Hiding from Scary Ideas.” We are in the midst of a flurry of articles on the fear of ideas, the discomfort with […]

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  • Why Free Speech on Campus is Not As Simple As Everyone Thinks

    March 23, 2015

    By Daniel W. Drezner at The Washington Post In most of my introductory lectures where I teach, after going through the syllabus and other requisite first-day-of-class matters, I often say a variant of the following: By the way, if I say something during this class that offends your belief system, or contradicts ideas you believe to be true, or otherwise makes you uncomfortable, well, I really don’t give a s**t. You’re at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. If your core beliefs haven’t been challenged at least once during your time here, then you’re not doing it right. I bring this up […]

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  • Reed Student Says Prof Barred Him From Class For Views On Rape; College Says He Was Disruptive

    March 21, 2015

    By Richard Read at OregonLive Imagine the national headlines that would result if a professor at Reed College, a liberal-arts bastion of free speech and thought, banished a student from class for expressing his views. Indeed the Portland college did get a raft of negative publicity this week for suppressing free speech and academic debate after Professor Pancho Savery told freshman Jeremiah True that he could no longer attend Humanities 101 class discussions. True, a student from southern California, said Savery booted him after the 19-year-old disputed a statistic that one in five women in college are sexually assaulted. But a Reed […]

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  • Was A Student Really Banned From Class For Disputing Rape Statistics?

    March 20, 2015

    By Kaitlyn Schallhorn at Campus Reform A male student at the private Reed College in Oregon gained national attention for supposedly being banned from class discussions as he refuted the widely debunked statistic that says one in five college women have been sexually assaulted, but his story has suddenly taken a weird turn. In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Jeremiah True, a freshman, said that he received an email from his professor that said he could no longer be included in the “conference” portion of the class. The professor, Pancho Savery, said True made several victims of sexual assault who […]

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  • Reed College Student Draws Attention When He Says He Was Banned From Class Due To Comments On Rape

    March 20, 2015

    By Kaitlin Mulhere at Inside Higher Ed A freshman at Reed College ignited a fast-spreading free speech debate with a story about his removal from a class discussion because his comments — especially those about rape — made other students uncomfortable. Yet others at Reed said the student was making it difficult for class discussions to take place for reasons far removed from his views. Jeremiah True said in a letter to Reed faculty members that he was removed from the discussion section of his Humanities 110 course after sharing unpopular opinions on the frequency of sexual assault. He had […]

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  • College Professor Bans Student From Class For His Views On Rape

    March 19, 2015

    By Katie J.M. Baker at BuzzFeed News Reed College, a small liberal arts school in Portland, Oregon, attracts students who want to speak their mind. But when Jeremiah True wouldn’t stop talking about his controversial opinions on sexual assault in his required freshman humanities course, his professor banned him from the discussion segment of the class for the remainder of the semester. The 19-year-old told BuzzFeed News that his professor, Pancho Savery, warned him repeatedly that his views made his classmates uncomfortable before he told him in a March 14 email that he was no longer welcome to participate in […]

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  • Reed College Student: ‘Going To College Is A Terrifying Experience If You Are Male’

    March 19, 2015

    By Morgan Chalfant at Red Alert Politics A student at Reed College was barred by a professor from a section of his freshman humanities course for being vocal about his unpopular views on sexual assault. According to BuzzFeed, 19-year-old freshman Jeremiah True received an e-mail from his professor Pancho Savery banning True from the discussion section of his Humanities 110 lecture-seminar course. The March 14 e-mail alleged that True had caused his classmates “serious stress” by voicing his opinions about sexual assault, which gave the professor “no other choice” but to ban him from the conference portion of the class. In […]

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  • With Details of Classroom Ban at Reed Unclear, Student Speech Will Be Chilled

    March 20, 2015

    Jeremiah True, a student at Reed College in Portland, has reported that he was banned from his Humanities 110 classroom by Professor Pancho Savery because of statements he made about rape culture that made others in the class uncomfortable. In particular, True said he challenged the controversial statistic that one in five college women are victims of attempted or completed sexual assault. Accounts of True’s classroom expression and behavior differ among those speaking to the press. But to FIRE’s knowledge, no one has challenged the legitimacy of an email that Savery allegedly sent to True, excerpts of which True has […]

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