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Presidential Statement on Campus Speech and Rhetoric

Emerson prides itself on being a community of diverse people and perspectives that values social justice and free expression. We are also committed to protecting all Emersonians from bias, threats, and intimidation. We have zero tolerance for Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or any form of identity-based harassment in our community. Explicit calls for physical violence against people or groups based on their religious, national, or other protected identities are not consistent with our values or community standards. This type of rhetoric is not protected by our Statement on Freedom of Expression as it can constitute a threat or harassment, and it is directly incompatible with the functioning of the College as a safe environment for students and other community members. Anyone impacted by identity-based harassment or related behavior should report their concerns to the Office of Equal Opportunity to make a report and connect to campus support services and resources.

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