Whitman College

Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Website: http://www.whitman.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Whitman 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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Whitman College Grievance Policy- Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2016

    Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive such that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or deprives someone of the ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s educational programs or employment opportunities.

    Further examples include:

    • Unwelcome statements, jokes, gestures, pictures, intentional nonconsensual touching of an intimate body area, gender-based bullying, stereotyping, or other conduct that demeans, harasses, or intimidates

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Disruptive Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 7, 2016

    Lewd, indecent, obscene expressions or disorderly conduct that infringes on the rights of others or disrupts the educational mission of the college is prohibited.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Information Technology Policies

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2016

    Activities that violate the Acceptable Use Policy include, but are not limited to, those in the following list:

    Using electronic mail or other Information Technology resources to abuse, harass, or intimidate members of the college community and others on any basis including race, ethnic origin, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. Users are reminded that sexually suggestive materials displayed inappropriately in public places, the classroom, or the workplace may constitute sexual harassment.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Statement of Rights

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 7, 2016

    Every student has a right to conditions which are conducive to learning and favorable to the pursuit of higher education. These rights include freedom of speech, expression, and association ….

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  • Student Handbook: Whitman College Grievance Policy- Discriminatory Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2016

    Discriminatory Harassment is a detrimental action based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, sex, gender, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis prohibited by state or federal laws that is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with or limits a person’s ability to work, participate in or benefit from the College’s educational program or activities.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.