California State University – Fullerton

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

Speech Code Rating

California State University – Fullerton has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

Red Light Policies

  • Student Life Resource Manual: Student Organization E-mail Accounts 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    The University’s Internet/e-mail resources may not be used for: … downloading, accessing, creating, displaying, transmitting and storing: obscene, profane, abusive, defamatory, derogatory, threatening, or sexually explicit language or graphic representation; statements or graphic representations that may be construed as discriminatory or offensive by reference to race, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or other legally protected criteria ….

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Yellow Light Policies
Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the intellectual growth of their members, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.

    Students have the right of freedom of speech and assembly.

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  • Executive Order 1074: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment means unwelcome conduct engaged in because of a Protected Status that 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.

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  • First Amendment The Real Victim In ‘Taco Tuesday’ Sorority Flap

    October 8, 2014

    By Peter Bonilla at The Daily Caller Anyone who’s watched Animal House knows that theme parties on college campuses aren’t a new thing. Newer, however, is the trend of condemning any such parties that carry the faintest whiff of cultural insensitivity or stereotyping and seeking punishment for their organizers. Often lost amidst the clamor for punishment is the plain fact that the expression conveyed by these types of parties is thoroughly protected under the First Amendment. The Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) sorority at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in northern Orange County is merely the latest victim of this complex. […]

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  • Some colleges need to take free-speech classes, according to survey

    December 21, 2012

    The Watchdog Blog Many of America’s colleges appear to need to take a few courses in free speech. More than 60 percent of the 400-plus colleges and universities studied by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education have policies that restrict students’ First Amendment rights. In a report released this week, FIRE also raised concern over federal and state regulations governing bullying and harassment that the report labeled sloppily written and implemented. To be fair, FIRE acknowledged that the number of schools with “red light” free-speech codes has declined for the fifth straight year. And more schools eliminated their restrictive speech policies in 2012, earning […]

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  • ‘Taco Tuesday’ Event Earns Sorority Seven Conduct Violations

    October 9, 2014

    A few weeks ago, FIRE wrote to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) to urge administrators to rescind sanctions for seven charges against the Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) sorority based on a “Taco Tuesday”-themed event at which some members wore stereotypically Mexican clothing items. Peter Bonilla, director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, has the story over at The Daily Caller—and yeah, it’s really as loco as it sounds. ADPi was investigated after word of the party’s alleged offensiveness reached the CSUF administration. FIRE explained in our letter how none of the seven charges has even the slightest merit. A public […]

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