California State University – Bakersfield

Location: Bakersfield, California
Website: http://www.csub.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

California State University – Bakersfield has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.

Yellow Light Policies
  • Behavioral Assessment and Response Team: Examples of Appropriate BART Referrals 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    Examples of Appropriate BART Referrals

    Aggressive, threatening, or intimidating behaviors: …

    • An unreasonable interest and/or frequent discussions of violence, killing, raping, torturing, guns, or explosives.
    • Art, stories, or essays focused on the above themes.

    Inconsiderate, rude, vulgar, demeaning, discriminatory, racist, insulting statements, gestures, or behaviors that are likely to provoke anger, aggression, or be distressing to a reasonable person.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Standards for Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or intimidating and abusive message.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Standards for Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Students are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon their university, to be civil to one another and to others in the campus community, and contribute positively to student and university life.

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  • Acceptable Computer and Network Use Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Conduct which violates this policy includes, but is not limited to the activities in the following list. … Using electronic mail to harass or threaten others. This includes sending repeated, unwanted e-mail to another user.

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  • University Catalog: Campus Policy on Disruptive and Violent Behavior 13-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    For the purpose of this policy, violence, threats of violence, and other inappropriate behaviors include, but are not limited to:
    * any act that is physically or emotionally assaultive ….

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  • Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance: Title IX- Definitions 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual Harassment, a form of Sex Discrimination, is unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to sexual violence, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and indecent exposure, where: …

    2.  Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the student, and is in fact considered by the student, as limiting the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University; or …

    4.  Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the University employee or third party, and is in fact considered by the University employee or third party, as intimidating, hostile or offensive.

    Sexual Harassment also includes acts of verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on gender or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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  • Office of Student Housing & Residence Life Student Handbook: Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Verbal, written, electronic, or other types of harassment – including, but not limited to, sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious harassment that causes injury to, distress, or emotional or physical discomfort of community members and/or Residential Life staff members will be considered a violation of this policy. Threatening remarks towards one’s family or loved ones is also prohibited under this policy.

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  • Office of Student Housing & Residence Life Student Handbook: Disorderly Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Behaviors whether through conduct or expression which are not civil or respectful and which breach the peace within or around the residence halls or at any residence hall related function are not permitted.

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  • Office of Student Housing & Residence Life Student Handbook: Posting 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Residential community members and residential student groups may post materials with the permission of the Residence Life staff member. Non-residential individuals and groups must obtain permission from the Residence Life Office. No offensive or alcohol/drug-related materials may be posted in a public area or a place where they can be viewed from a public area (e.g. external door, in a visible place from windows, etc.).

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  • Office of Student Housing & Residence Life Student Handbook: Intolerance 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    Acts of intolerance towards a community member or any Residence Life staff member disrupts the educational environment necessary for furthering the mission of the university. Acts of intolerance or bias-related incidents are behaviors, which by intent, action and/or outcome harm or threaten to harm a person or a group of people. Acts of intolerance include but are not limited to:

    a. Acts motivated by prejudice toward a person or a group of people because of their race, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, age, gender, and/or sexual orientation, and/or any other protected class.

    b. Overt actions such as verbal attacks and physical assaults on students, University staff and/or their property.

    c. Physical or written defacement or destruction of residential property and/or Residence Life postings and posters.

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Green Light Policies
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