Location: Bakersfield, California
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
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.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment: 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.
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, StatementExamples of appropriate BART referrals are: ... * Interest and 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
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementDisorderly Conduct: 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech, Statement. Intolerance: 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
c. Physical or written defacement or destruction of residential property and/or Residence Life postings and
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUse of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or
intimidating and abusive message.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementStudents 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementFor 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 ....
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment includes such behavior as sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed towards an employee, student or applicant when one or more of the following circumstances are present: ... The conduct had the purpose or effect of interfering with a student's academic performance, creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or otherwise adverse learning environment, or adversely affecting any student.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementA racially hostile environment consists of harassing conduct (e.g. physical, verbal, graphic or written) that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementFreedom of inquiry and the open exchange of ideas are fundamental to the vitality of our academic institutions. ... California State University is committed to assuring that all persons may exercise the rights of free expression, speech, and assembly ....
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementFreedom of inquiry and the open exchange of ideas are fundamental to the vitality of our academic institutions. The notion that freedom and national security are opposed denies the basic premise of a free democratic society where open exchange of information, public access to vital information, and ability to openly challenge governmental decisions without fear of reprisals, increases rather than hinders national security.
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, StatementExamples of unacceptable use include, but not limited to, the following:
* Any illegal or inappropriate use of 4CNet, or use in support of such activities, is prohibited. Illegal use shall be defined as use which violates state, or federal law. Inappropriate use shall be defined as a violation of the goals, purpose and intended use of the network. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: stalking others, supporting partisan political activities, transmitting or originating any unlawful, fraudulent, defamatory, or obscene communications, or any communications where the message or its transmission or distribution, would constitute or would encourage conduct that is a criminal offense or would give rise to civil liability.