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Northwestern Policies Overview

As members of the University community, all students, groups of students, and student organizations are expected to exemplify Northwestern's community principles and values, to engage in socially responsible behavior, and to model exceptional conduct, character, and citizenship on campus and beyond.

Academic Freedom/Freedom of Speech

Northwestern University is committed to the ideals of academic freedom and freedom of speechto providing a learning environment that encourages a robust, stimulating, and thought-provoking exchange of ideas. Our commitment to addressing bias incidents is not intended to stifle these freedoms, nor will it be permitted to do so.

At the same time, however, all members of the community must recognize that bias incidents, hate crimes and acts of discrimination impede one's ability to participate fully in the community and compromise the integrity of the University. Our goal is to create an environment that furthers the educational and professional endeavors of all members of the Northwestern community.