Location: Los Angeles, California
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
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
Policy and Complaint Procedure for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation for Applicants, Students and Independent Contractors 12-13Examples of harassment include:
* Written communications, such as sending inappropriate jokes or comments in print or by e-mail;
* Verbal communications, such as making graphic or degrading comments about an individual and/or his or her body or personal characteristics, or using epithets, derogatory comments or slurs ....
demonstrations may not take place in the limited public forum areas. ... 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.
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.
December 21, 2012
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 FIRE’s “green light” […]» Read More
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 […]» Read More