California State University – Monterey Bay

Location: Seaside, California
Website: http://csumb.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

California State University – Monterey Bay 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

  • CSUMB Catalog: Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment may range from sexual innuendoes made at inappropriate times, perhaps in the guise of humor, to coerced sexual relations.

    Sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome conduct is engaged in because of the targeted individual’s sex, and: … 3. Such conduct is so severe or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, is an environment that could be considered by a reasonable person, and is in fact considered by the individual, as intimidating, hostile or offensive.

    Sexual harassment can be written (in print or electronically), verbal, visual or physical. Examples 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;
    • Physical acts, such as unwanted touching, physical interference, or even assault;
    • Visual acts or displays, such as derogatory cartoons, drawings, or posters, or inappropriate gestures;
    • Making unwelcome sexual advances or propositions, or offering employment benefits or giving preferential treatment in exchange for sexual favors;
    • Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to unwelcome conduct.

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  • Residential Life Community Standards: Discrimination/Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    When decorating your living area (including, but not limited to, the interior and exterior of room/suite/doors, windows, lounges, etc.), please remember that you are part of a diverse community. If community members approach Student Housing & Residential Life staff members with concerns about the appropriateness/reasonableness of decorations (included, but not limited to comic strips, videos, posters, phrases, quotes, signs and/or other forms of expression, etc.), residents may request the removal of materials in public view. While we support the rights of individuals to express thoughts and ideas, reasonable time, place, and manner of that expression will be expected of all community members so individuals can live in an environment without ‘decorations’ that may be perceived as offensive, degrading, pornographic, discriminatory, or which promote hate toward community members, including members of constitutionally protected categories.

    Using vulgar, discriminatory, harassing, and/or inappropriate comments or language when interacting with community members (students, faculty, staff, administrators, etc.) may be subject to conduct action.

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