Learn about resources available to Claremont McKenna College students, faculty, and staff relating to freedom of expression.
CMC is committed to protect the freedom of expression, including peaceful demonstration. Thus, the clarification and understanding of current policies and how they apply to demonstrations on our campus is essential for members of our community, The Claremont Colleges, and the general public.
Beyond a strong understanding of the constitutional and legal principles of freedom of speech, we are committed to reinforcing the many ways in which we practice freedom of expression with active listening, respectful discourse, and open dialogue.
The principles of academic freedom are parallel to those in the First Amendment. Academic freedom promotes the freedom of thought and expression specifically in the context of teaching and research. However, academic freedom at a private institution like CMC is not a constitutional guarantee; rather, it is defined by and guaranteed to faculty members, students, and staff through a combination of institutional commitments, policies, shared norms, and deep-seated practices.
CMC is committed to academic freedom in its paramount importance to higher education.
Freedom of speech and expression are foundational to the College’s mission. We want all members of our community to feel empowered to speak up, to ask challenging questions, to present new and controversial ideas. It is only through the presentation and scrutiny of different perspectives that together we develop the ability to confront and solve complex problems and exercise forms of collaborative leadership in diverse social and professional settings.
Claremont McKenna College was founded in 1946 as a liberal arts college with a focus on leadership and public affairs. Since its founding, the College mission has emphasized the core values and principles of freedom of expression, diversity of opinion, civil discourse, and mutual respect.
As President George Benson wrote upon the College's 10th Anniversary in 1957, the CMC community shares “a commitment to a free society. We may go about achieving it in different ways, but we all want it, and we all recognize that it means listening respectfully to each other.”