Location: San Francisco, California
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
California Institute of Integral Studies has been given the speech code rating Exempt. Exempt institutions are private universities that express clearly and consistently that they believe in a set of values above the commitment of free speech. Read more here.
July 19, 2006
Academic freedom is under assault at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where a professor is being investigated for assigning an article that some students thought represented “institutional racism.” Shortly after assigning a peer-reviewed article that he wrote in 1970, psychology professor Leland van den Daele became the subject of institution-wide controversy. In response, CIIS administrators decided to put him and his course through an official “investigation” and announced a review of the entire psychology doctoral program. FIRE is asking CIIS to immediately end its investigation and ensure that Professor van den Daele will not be punished for this […]» Read More
Student Handbook: Policy Against Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation 09-10Whether committed by faculty, students, supervisors or non-supervisory staff; sexual harassment
in the workplace and in the educational environment is prohibited. This includes, but is not
limited to, unwelcome acts or statements including sexual advances, touching, propositions,
continual verbal commentaries about an individual's body, sexually degrading words used to
describe an individual and/or the display in the workplace or educational environment of sexual
objects or pictures; or other physical, verbal or visual conduct based on gender when (1) the
conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work
performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive environment; (2) submission to the conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of student status or
employment; and/or (3) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for an
employment or academic decision.
Student Handbook: Policy Against Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation 09-10Verbal harassment includes conduct such as epithets, insults and derogatory comments. Physical
harassment includes conduct such as assault, impeding or blocking movement or any physical
interference with normal work or movement. Visual forms of harassment include derogatory
posters, cartoons or drawings.
July 21, 2006
Last month FIRE reported that Professor Leland van den Daele was under investigation at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) for assigning an article he wrote in 1970 to his doctoral psychology students, some of whom found the article to exhibit signs of institutional racism. As I previously explained, the article contained language that was en vogue in 1970, and part of the lesson, as van den Daele himself explained, was to examine “historical change since the publication of the document.” This justification was lost on CIIS, which reacted by placing the Developmental Psychology doctoral program, van den Daele’s […]» Read More
June 1, 2006
The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) has a specific persona—founded in 1968, it is a private, accredited institution advocating an “integral approach to education.” Its mission is to “embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities and the Earth.” These ideals draw students and faculty to CIIS, but faculty members also likely find assurance in CIIS’ broad commitments to academic freedom, which guarantee them “freedom in the classroom in presenting their subject,” and “freedom in the selection of textbooks … and other teaching materials.” But as today’s press release shows, those commitments to academic freedom have recently […]» Read More