A Statement of Support
Dickinson College supports students’ rights to make their voices heard. We were established in 1783 by a revolutionary thinker, Benjamin Rush, who signed what could be considered America’s quintessential protest document: the Declaration of Independence. Rush aimed to educate citizen leaders to be active participants in a newly created democratic nation. That is our mission still. While we respect the right of school districts to maintain policies consistent with their missions, we won’t penalize students who speak up or protest appropriately to make their views known.
A Dickinson liberal-arts education prepares students to be leaders, teaches them how to communicate effectively, provides them with the ability to make connections and form relationships and exposes them to a variety of subjects and disciplines. These skills are then translated into jobs, scholarships and graduate-school programs that lead our graduates on to achieve greatness.