California State University – Northridge

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

Speech Code Rating

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.

Yellow Light Policies
  • University Policies and Procedures: Handbills, Circular, Petitions, Surveys, Questionnaires and other Forms of Written Materials Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    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.

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  • Residence Life Student Handbook: Student Housing Rules and Regulations- Disorderly Conduct 13-14

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

    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.

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  • Residence Life Student Handbook: Student Housing Rules and Regulations- Harm or Threat of Harm to Self or Another 13-14

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

    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.

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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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  • Residence Life Student Handbook: Resident’s Rights 13-14

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

    Each resident has the right to: … Live free from intimidation, physical, and emotional harm.

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  • Residence Life Student Handbook: Student Housing Rules and Regulations- Posting 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    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.).

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  • University Policies and Procedures: Public Meetings, Performances, Rallies, Speakers and Similar Events 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    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 ….

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  • 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: Internet Usage Policies

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

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Green Light Policies
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  • Practical Advice for Fraternities Caught in the Battle for Free Speech on Campus

    September 16, 2004

    I. Introduction While there is no shortage of free speech battles on college campuses, fraternities have the dubious honor of being at the center of many of the least sympathetic controversies. From Halloween parties where brothers show up dressed as Ku Klux Klan members to fraternity newsletters that graphically relate a brother’s sexual exploits with named co-eds, fraternities sometimes express themselves in ways that are not exactly likely to win the battle for hearts and minds. However, although fraternities may later regret the actions of some of their brothers, they must not allow their rights to be stripped away by […]

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