Thank you for your email. Let me begin by saying unequivocally that diversity and inclusion are principles that Scripps College embraces and affirms daily, as do I . They are guiding principles for how we live and work in the Scripps Community. At the same time, The Claremont Colleges are institutions of higher learning, and they foster environments of freedom of expression. Publications like yours epitomizes this freedom on campus. Sometimes these freedoms are mistreated or abused--which is unfortunate--but we do not punish or censure such acts unless the conduct violates college conduct codes or US law.
All of The Claremont Colleges have a bias incident protocol, which we drafted together and adopted collectively. I have attached that policy to this email. Bias related incidents are expressions of hostility against another person (or group) because of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation, or because the perpetrator perceives that the other person (or group) has one or more of those characteristics. However, to be qualified as a bias incident, these statements must violate one or more of the Claremont Colleges disciplinary codes, and not be protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution or by analogous provisions of state law. Actions in violation of college codes of conduct include (but are not limited to) vandalism to college and/or student property, anonymous attacks in the dark of night, unapproved statements on bulletin board, etc.
While some or many people may not like what the student in question said, or that some of the information she referenced in her statements was inaccurate, she was sharing her own opinion, voiced it in a public forum designed for sharing of thoughts and ideas, and did not vandalize, or damage College or student property to express her thoughts. Therefore, although her comments were unfortunate, they were not unlawful or against the College code of conduct. They do not meet the standard for a bias related incident.
That said, if others do not care for her ideas, thoughts or word choice, they have the right to respond appropriately, as many (like yourself) already have done. I hope this answers your questions.
Dean of Students