Whitman College

Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Whitman 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
  • Bias Reporting and Response

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    Whitman College is committed to building a campus community that is diverse, equitable and inclusive of all students, staff and faculty.  Bias incidents are acts or behaviors motivated by the offender’s bias against age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Other Prohibited Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    Actions that result in or have the potential to cause physical or emotional harm or create conditions that pose a risk of physical harm or cause reasonable apprehension of physical harm are prohibited. Read More
  • Technology Services: Policies- Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    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 on any basis including race, ethnic origin, creed, gender or sexual ... Read More
  • Title IX: Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe or 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 opport... Read More
  • Grievance Policy: Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    Whitman College recognizes that the educational process can be controversial and unsettling, particularly when one’s ideas or values are being challenged. It is not the proper role of the college to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions that they find unwelcome, disagreeable or even deeply offensive.... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Buildings and Grounds Usage

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    1. Circulars and handbills may be distributed by members of the college community on the College campus. 2. Distribution of circulars and handbills shall not interfere with the educational program or other events and activities, nor interfere with movement to and from activities or facilities. Read More
  • Grievance Policy: Discriminatory Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    Discriminatory harassment is an unwelcome action based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, sex, gender, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal laws, that is so sev... Read More
  • Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    2) Sexual Harassment: a. unwelcome conduct, b. determined by a reasonable person, c. to be so severe, and d. pervasive, and, e. objectively offensive, f. that it effectively denies a person equal access to the college’s education program or activity. Read More
  • Whitman College: Prior Review of Student Listservs

    May 4, 2020

    In April 2020, Whitman College instituted a policy of prior review of messages on student email listservs. This decision came in the wake of controversial posts on a “confessions” Instagram account, to which students could anonymously submit posts. Students used a listserv to engage in conversations about these “confessions” posts. On May 1, FIRE wrote… Read more