Lawrence University defines hate speech as forms of expression (whether words or symbolic actions) that attack or use discriminatory language, or create an atmosphere of intimidation, harassment, or abuse, because of an actual or perceived identity group membership.

Lawrence University affirms the dignity and value of all individuals and does not tolerate hate speech in order to protect the learning, living and working environment from violence, harassment, and discrimination. Hate speech has no academic value, and so this definition and prohibition does not compromise Lawrence’s commitment to intellectual and artistic freedom of expression.

Hate speech (as a form of behavior promoting violence, harassment, and discrimination whether in person, on social media, or via other electronic medium) is prohibited by the Student Social Code and the Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy. Allegations of hate speech that involve students should be pursued through the Dean of Students Office.

Allegations involving faculty or staff should be pursued through the process of adjudication associated with the Nondiscrimination and Employment Opportunity Policy. You can file a complaint here.

If you are a target of hate speech and would like emotional support, you can contact Wellness Services if you are a student. If you are an employee, you may contact our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) representatives. 

If you believe the behavior constitutes a criminal act, please contact the Appleton Police Department.

*The definition of hate speech used in this policy was informed by the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech and the American Civil Liberties Union’s ACLU Speech on Campus.