Location: Northridge, California
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
California State University – Northridge 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.
University Policies and Procedures: Handbills, Circular, Petitions, Surveys, Questionnaires and other Forms of Written Materials Policy 13-14
All recognized university employee groups and student organizations or clubs, or individual students and employees must obtain the appropriate Posting/Distribution of Literature Form … Distribution of materials may not occur until approval of time, place, and manner has been received.
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.
Residence Life Student Handbook: Student Housing Rules and Regulations- Harm or Threat of Harm to Self or Another 13-14
Committing acts of physical or mental abuse or engaging in actions that intimidate, harass, threaten, coerce, or otherwise endanger the health or safety of self or another person (including threats or attempts of suicide) is prohibited.
Each resident has the right to: … Live free from intimidation, physical, and emotional harm.
No offensive or alcohol/drug-related materials may be posted in a public area or a place where they can be viewed from a public area (e.g. external unit door, balcony, in a visible place from windows, etc.).
University Policies and Procedures: Public Meetings, Performances, Rallies, Speakers and Similar Events 13-14
Use of campus facilities may not be denied student/employee groups, clubs and organizations desiring the use of said facilities for the presentation of productions, films, and the like, simply by reason of a controversial content or appeal to prurient interests. However, such activities, as all other activities by student/employee clubs and organizations, must be regulated, monitored and/or supervised by the President’s designee. With respect to the aforementioned productions, films, and the like, the following recommendations shall govern:
a. Time, place, and manner of presentment shall be determined or approved by the president’s designee as identified herein;
b. Advertising of the event shall be limited to on-campus publications, bulletin boards and flyers distributed only on campus;
c. Information describing, generally, content or nature of the presentation shall be prominently posted at or near the entrance to the area in which the event is being held;
d. Only members of the campus community and bona fide guests of such members may be admitted;
e. The authorization or permit for such presentations may not be granted with such frequency as to constitute competition with similar presentations in communities in close proximity to the campus ….
Executive Order 1072: Implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Related Sexual Harassment/Violence Legislation for CSU Students 13-14
“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.
Executive Order 1074: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students 13-14
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.