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Protest & Dissent

Policy -- Freedom of Expression at Colorado College

As a private institution, Colorado College is a voluntary association of persons invited to membership with the understanding that they will respect the principles that govern the college. Freedom of thought and expression is essential to any institution of higher learning. Uncensored speech — which does not include a right to harass, injure, or silence others — is essential in an academic community and will be vigorously defended. Members of the college community should understand that standards of civility, consideration, and tolerance must shape our interactions with each other. Infringing on the expression of views, either by interfering with a speaker or by defacing or removing properly posted or distributed notices or materials, will not be tolerated.

Policy -- Controversial Events and Speakers, Campus Demonstrations

The college reserves the right to control the time, place, and manner of events that occur on campus. The college does not seek to censor the expression of ideas, but rather to maintain campus safety and order. Protestors may be assigned to particular places on campus by campus safety officers.

Demonstrations by members of the campus community may occur on campus, but must not disrupt the regular operation of the college. The scheduling of a speaker or event known or considered to provoke public controversy requires adequate advance notice — usually four weeks. In addition, the sponsor must consult with the dean of the college for a departmental- or employee-sponsored event, or with the vice president of student life for a student- or student-organization sponsored event regarding the logistical arrangements.

Procedure -- Guidelines for Dissent and Protest

Reasoned dissent is welcome at Colorado College. Disruption of college activities is not, and such behavior will not be tolerated. You are free to support causes by orderly means that do not disrupt the regular operation of the college community.

You are welcome to distribute literature where it will not interfere with classes or other college functions. Protesters may neither impede nor harass people wishing to attend an event, or to see or hear a speaker. Disruption, force, or threat of force are not acceptable forms of protest at Colorado College. We may call on local law enforcement agencies and may choose to impose the college’s disciplinary sanctions on members of the college community who violate college guidelines.

Individual members of the college community speak only for themselves in their public expressions and/or demonstrations. The communications office coordinates institutional responses to the media.