Wellesley College

Location: Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating
Wellesley 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
  • Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 3, 2019

    Sexual harassment consists of two basic types … Intimidating or Hostile Environment: Any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive, and creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment, or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an indiv... Read More
  • Code for Religious Organizations on the Wellesley College Campus

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 3, 2019

    All persons associated with religious groups and organizations are expected to abide by the Wellesley College’s policies regarding the publicizing of events and programs and the honor code’s definition of harassment. Harassment may be considered to include: a) any patterns of pursuit, conversationally or phys... Read More
  • Student Handbook: General Policies- Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 3, 2019

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work, academic performance, education, or participation in College pro... Read More
  • Policy Governing the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 3, 2019

    Users are prohibited from using information technology resources (including but not limited to: email, directory information, websites, and google groups) in a manner that is inconsistent with other college policies, or for purposes or uses that are commercial, including solicitation and mass communications intended... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • FIRE Investigates: An (il)liberal arts education at Wellesley College? (VIDEO)

    April 19, 2018

    What happens when the liberal arts education you expected turns out to be an illiberal one? That’s the question a small group of Wellesley College students are grappling with at the historic Boston-area school, famous for educating some of the world’s most successful women. Over the course of two days, members of The Freedom Project… 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

  • In anti-intellectual email, Wellesley profs call engaging with controversial arguments an imposition on students

    March 21, 2017

    In an email to fellow faculty yesterday afternoon, a committee of Wellesley College professors made several startling recommendations about how they think future campus speakers should be chosen. If implemented, the proposals by the faculty Commission for Ethnicity, Race, and Equity would have a profound impact on the quality and quantity of voices Wellesley students… Read more

  • Conference Coverage: ‘The Fate of Freedom of Expression in Liberal Democracies’ at Wellesley (VIDEO)

    April 20, 2016

    “The Fate of Freedom of Expression in Liberal Democracies,” held at Wellesley College in October 2015, brought together scholars, public intellectuals, journalists, and editors from across the world to discuss matters related to free expression in the West. FIRE was there to cover the action at the event, organized by Wellesley College Professor Thomas Cushman… Read more

  • FIRE’s Catherine Sevcenko Speaking at Wellesley College Today

    September 11, 2014

    Students, faculty, and FIRE supporters in the Boston area are invited to hear Catherine Sevcenko, FIRE’s Associate Director for Litigation, speak at Wellesley College today at 4:30 p.m. in Pendleton West 212. Catherine will be speaking about “Why Stopping Hate Speech is Harmful” as a part of The Freedom Project’s Fall 2015 lecture series.

  • The Shibleys Explain the Harms Caused by Campus ‘Trigger Warnings’

    May 27, 2014

    With the recent controversies at Oberlin College and Wellesley College, it’s no surprise that trigger warnings have been the subject of a lot of media attention. Today, FIRE’s Robert Shibley and his wife Araz (who is also a lawyer) joined the chorus of those concerned about this practice in a column on Reason.com. In the piece, the Shibleys set forth the many harms caused by trigger warnings on campus:

  • Lenore Skenazy: ‘Art Is a Trigger’

    February 12, 2014

    Free-Range Kids author Lenore Skenazy penned a compelling editorial for yesterday’s Wall Street Journal on the ongoing controversy over the “Sleepwalker” statue at Wellesley College. Whereas the director of Wellesley’s art museum tried to convince students that the statue, far from being frightening, was actually “vulnerable” and “passive,” Skenazy argues that even if students do… Read more

  • Shibley on Wellesley’s Reaction to ‘Sleepwalker’

    February 11, 2014

    Wellesley College students have had mixed responses to “Sleepwalker,” a statue of a man in briefs who appears to be stumbling along the side of a road through campus, arms outstretched and eyes closed. While some students posed playfully with the statue for pictures, a Change.org petition to have the statue moved to an indoor… Read more

  • University at Buffalo ‘Spectrum’ Points to Problems for Student Rights at Satellite Universities

    September 13, 2013

    Last week, University at Buffalo (UB) student newspaper The Spectrum published an editorial warning about the loss of liberty for students who attend schools in some countries abroad, even when the programs are cooperative ventures between American and foreign institutions. As we’ve written before here on The Torch, satellite universities affiliated with domestic institutions often… Read more