Lake Superior College (LSC) values a broad range of ideas and perspectives. To uphold those values, all members of the LSC community must have the freedom to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn equally and safely.

Guiding Principles

As an educational institution, LSC encourages respectful discussion on difficult topics and believes speech should not be suppressed even when it may be perceived as unreasonable, unpopular, immoral, uncomfortable, or even wrong. Discourse and debate must follow Minnesota State and LSC policies and procedures.

LSC recognizes that, in civil discourse, individuals may experience feelings such as anger, resentment, and frustration. However, communications that are intended to menace, intimidate, or discriminate against an individual or a group of people can negatively impact learning, personal growth, and the ability to work as a community. These types of communications are contrary to LSC’s values and are not acceptable.

LSC is committed to protecting free speech and advancing equity and inclusion, understanding that discourse assumes a respect for differences, including differences of opinion that cause disagreement.

LSC vows to protect and encourage free speech by providing equal access to training and spaces for debate and inquiry to promote courageous conversations on campus.

Related policies:

Minnesota State Board Policy 1C Code of Conduct

Minnesota State Board policy 3.6Student Conduct