Guidebook

Dissent

"Reed College considers the right of free speech, and therefore that of dissent to be fundamental to its life as an academic community. The exercise of the right of dissent is not something to be grudgingly tolerated, but actively encouraged. The boundaries to dissent stop at the point where the exercising of it, and the decisions accompanying the exercise, are denied to others. Accordingly, protests or demonstrations shall not be discouraged as long as neither force nor the credible threat of force is used, and so long as the orderly processes of the College are not deliberately obstructed. Physical obstruction, the credible threat, and use of force in the interest of dissent are things which cannot be tolerated in an academic community, and those engaging in it must be regarded as having violated conditions fundamental to the preservation of its integrity and of its very life.

"Further, at this College, such acts, striking at the heart of the community by denying it the functions for which it is organized, constitute a violation of the Honor Principle. Accordingly, persons proved by the judicial processes of the community to have engaged in such acts will be considered to have committed honor violations" (Adopted by the Community Senate and endorsed by the Faculty and the Board of Trustees in 1969. Reaffirmed by the faculty in 1986).

(last modified: November 22, 2011)