California State University – Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles, California
Website: http://www.calstatela.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

California State University – Los Angeles 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

  • User Guidelines for E-mail Communications 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    The following are considered improper use of electronic communications: … Using electronic communications to degrade, demean, discriminate, harass, threaten, offend or slander other individuals.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Executive Order 1072: Implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Related Sexual Harassment/Violence Legislation for CSU Students 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    “Sexual Harassment” is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to: sexual violence; sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; indecent exposure; and other verbal, nonverbal or physical unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, where 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 individual, and is in fact considered by the individual, as limiting the individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the university. Sexual harassment also includes gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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  • Standards for Student Conduct 13-14

    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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  • Policy on Time, Place, and Manner of Free Expression 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    A. Public Forum Areas

    In this policy, a “public forum” refers to University property that has traditionally been available to assembly or debate. Right of access and right of equality of access are guaranteed in these public forums. Prior restraint and most content-based restrictions are prohibited, but reasonable time, place, and manner regulations may be applied. Spontaneous events and demonstrations may take place in the public forum areas without reservations. Planned events and demonstrations in the public forum areas require reservations.

    The following areas are public forums:

    The stage that is northeast of the University-Student Union, plus the area extending outwards 5 feet from every side of the stage; and the walkway area from the statute of the Golden Eagle east of the Golden Eagle building to the southernmost end of the Street of the Arts (see Appendix 1.).

    B. Limited Public Forum Areas

    “Limited public forum” areas refer to property that has not been traditionally public, but which the University has designated to be open as locations for public discourse. Spontaneous events and demonstrations may not take place in the limited public forum areas. Planned events and demonstrations in the limited public forum areas require reservations.

    The following areas are limited public forums:

    All outdoor areas on campus (i.e., areas not inside a building) with the exception of: public forum areas, athletic fields (including but not limited to the tennis courts and the swimming pool and deck); streets; street crosswalks; driveways; parking lots; the corporation yard; the area directly between Kennedy Library North and the Palmer Wing South; bridges between buildings; building balconies; building walls; building rooftops; Luckman amphitheater; areas directly adjacent to electrical transformers, generators and panels; and designated construction areas.

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  • Housing Services Student Guide: Violence, Harassment and Assault 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Behavior or expression which is interpreted as abusive or threatening to any member of the community is prohibited.

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  • Housing Services Student Guide: Disorderly Conduct 13-14

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

    Any behavior or expression that disrupts or obstructs the administrative, educational, or communal nature of the Housing Services complex is prohibited.

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  • Standards for Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

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

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Green Light Policies
  • 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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  • Policy on Time, Place, and Manner of Free Expression 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Exposure to the widest possible range of ideas, viewpoints, opinions and creative expression is an integral and indispensable part of a University education for life in a diverse global society. California State University, Los Angeles, supports the right of individual students, faculty, staff and student organizations to exercise free speech, including but not limited to artistic, political, and/or symbolic speech, provided only that such expression does not significantly or materially disrupt normal activities or infringe upon the rights of others.

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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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  • UCLA Report Suggests Chilling Speech Is the Answer to Offensive ‘Microaggressions’

    January 8, 2014

    Last November, 25 students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) staged a demonstration during a class taught by Professor Val Rust. The protesting students claim Rust contributed to an environment that is hostile to students of color through “microaggressions.” According to researchers who studied the racial climate at the University of California, microaggressions (PDF) are “subtle verbal and nonverbal insults directed toward non-Whites, often done automatically and unconsciously” that can, in the aggregate, negatively affect those who receive them. Microaggressions that consist only of speech or expression are protected by the First Amendment unless they also fall into one of the few […]

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