St. Olaf College

Location: Northfield, Minnesota
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

St. Olaf 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
  • The Book: General Information, Policies, and Procedures- Misuse of Computers

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 30, 2019

    St. Olaf College provides computing and networking resources in order to meet the academic needs of students, faculty, and staff. Any actions that undermine this important college goal are subject to disciplinary review. These include, but are not limited to … creating or posting of material that is offensive,... Read More
  • The Book: Code of Student Conduct- Proscribed Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 30, 2019

    Conduct that has the purpose or effect of verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including, but not limited to, the following forms: a. Direct oral expression or physical gesture or action. b. Notes, letters, U.S... Read More
  • Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 30, 2019

    Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially and unrea... Read More
  • The Book: Residence Life Policies and Procedures- Harassment, Sexual and Sexual Assault

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 30, 2019

    Examples of verbal or physical conduct that are prohibited include but are not limited to: … unwelcome remarks of a sexual nature, including remarks about a person’s body or clothing; unwelcome remarks about sexual activity; showing, exposing to, or subjecting others to materials or media of a sexual nature. Read More
  • The Book: Residence Life Policies and Procedures- Public Area Decoration

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 30, 2019

    Because St. Olaf is a safe space for all students; any material that can be deemed offensive, demeaning, or derogatory to others may not be posted in common areas. These areas include: the front of any room doors, on the hallway or spaces around it, as well as restrooms. If such material is posted, The Area Coordina... Read More
  • Bias Incident Report Procedure

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: August 30, 2019

    Incidents of bias, harassment, and hate crimes all include some form of unwelcome conduct that is based on a person’s race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status. … A core g... Read More
  • The Book: General Information, Policies, and Procedures- Distribution, Sales, and Expression

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 30, 2019

    All campus and/or non-campus organizations or individuals desiring to distribute printed materials or establish a point of contact with college students, faculty and staff within the Buntrock Commons will clear their activities with the director of the Buntrock Commons. The director will indicate where, how and when... Read More
  • Faculty Handbook: Campus Demonstrations

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 30, 2019

    St. Olaf College affirms its belief in the importance of freedom of expression and in the value of permitting all members of the college community to protest actions with which they disagree. Read More
  • The Book: General Information, Policies, and Procedures- Speaker Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 30, 2019

    Free inquiry and free expression are essential attributes of the community of scholars. As members of that community, students should develop the capacity for critical judgment and engage in a sustained and independent search for truth. To this end, student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questio... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Speech Code of the Month: St. Olaf College

    December 6, 2011

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for December 2011: St. Olaf College in Minnesota. St. Olaf’s policy on “Misuse of Computers” [.pdf] prohibits “creating or posting of material that is offensive,” stating that such actions “are subject to disciplinary review.” As is typical of such policies, “offensive” is left undefined, and there is no provision… Read more