Freedom of Expression and Dissent

Policy ID

038-0011

Effective Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Division

Office of the Provost

Office of Primary Responsibility

Office of the Provost

Summary of Policy

Freedom of expression and dissent is protected by Dartmouth regulations. 

Affected Parties

All Groups

Policy Statement

Freedom of expression and dissent is protected by Dartmouth regulations. Dartmouth prizes and defends the right of free speech and the freedom of the individual to make their own disclosures, while at the same time recognizing that such freedom exists in the context of the law and in responsibility for one's own actions. The exercise of these rights must not deny the same rights to any other individual. The institution therefore both fosters and protects the rights of individuals to express dissent.

Protest or demonstration shall not be discouraged so long as neither force nor the threat of force is used, and so long as the orderly processes of the institution are not deliberately obstructed. Membership in the Dartmouth community carries with it, as a necessary condition, the agreement to honor and abide by this policy.