Freedom of Inquiry and Expression
In addition to the policies below, please see Freedom of Expression/Maintenance of Public Order Policy.
Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They should always be free to support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt Hamilton College’s or the community's regular and essential operation. At the same time, it should be made clear to the academic and larger community that students or student organizations speak only for themselves in their public expressions or demonstrations.
Officially recognized student organizations may invite to the campus and hear any person of their choosing. Hamilton College reserves the right to ensure orderly scheduling of facilities, which prevents unnecessary conflict with other Hamilton events and provides adequate preparation for the event. It should be made clear to the academic and larger community that sponsorship of guest speakers does not necessarily imply approval or endorsement of the views expressed, either by the sponsoring group/organization or Hamilton College.
Student organizations bear full responsibility for arranging and financing any Campus Safety services that may be necessary in connection with controversial speakers. The Dean of Students has the right to specify security measures to the organizations as seem appropriate. If the institution determines that security arrangements are inadequate and that the sponsoring organization is either unwilling or unable to make proper arrangements, the event may be canceled.
*Portions of this policy were adapted from Middlebury College