All students should be familiar with this policy statement on campus disruptions, adopted by the Faculty in May, 1969:
1. Franklin & Marshall College is fully committed to the principle that freedom of thought and expression must be assured for all members of the College community, including the freedom to express or demonstrate disagreement and dissent by reasonable and peaceful means.
2. This freedom is a sine qua non of a college. The commitment is hereby reaffirmed.
3. The spirit of this commitment is clear and it should, by common consent, be held inviolate.
4. But the determination of what is orderly and peaceful cannot be left only to those engaged in that action. The College retains the responsibility to state and enforce those determinations.
5. The process of free exploration, examination and evaluation of ideas can survive only in an atmosphere in which every member of the College is guaranteed the right to think, talk and move about freely. When any members of the College, unwittingly or by design, deprive others of these rights, the institution and its academic endeavors are placed in grave jeopardy.
6. Those who deny this freedom to others shall be subject to sanctions by the College and may, after due process, be considered unwelcome as members of the community.
7. The academic process cannot be conducted in an atmosphere tainted by disruption or by the threat of intimidation, coercion, or duress.
8. While the maintenance of the integrity of the academic process is an obligation of all members of the College, there is a clear responsibility imposed upon the faculty to safeguard that integrity and to certify standards of performance of all engaged in the academic life of the College.
9. The College’s determinations on such matters are reached through reasoned thought and rational discourse. The College will not condone or tolerate unreasoned or injudicious violations of the spirit of the College or disruptions of the orderly academic process.
10. The College cannot recognize as valid conclusions reached under the imposition or threat of intimidation.
11. It is asserted, therefore, that activities which disrupt the normal academic processes of the College are not only inappropriate but intolerable. Individuals who initiate or engage in such activity shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures or sanctions by the College. Such action shall, of course, provide for appropriate access to fair hearing and due process.