California State University – Sacramento

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

Speech Code Rating

California State University – Sacramento 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

  • Guide to Residential Life Handbook: Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, Verbal Abuse 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    HARASSMENT CAN BE:
    * Verbal, non-verbal, or physical
    * Exclusion based upon personal or group differences
    * Intimidation or humiliation based on personal or group differences
    * Abusive language, threats of any kind -- real, false, implied,or perceived -- against a person or property or similar acts of bigotry, racism, sexism or discrimination
    * Jokes, comments, gossip or graffiti that perpetuate personal or group myths, fallacies, prejudices or stereotypes
    * Any subtle or direct references, based on race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or religion, which demean,
    exclude, intimidate or adversely affect an individual or group
    * Unsolicited e-mail or telephone calls containing abusive language or threats that causes discomfort, derogatory, or sexual in nature
    * Unsolicited, deliberate or repeated sexually derogatory statements, gestures or physical contact that are objectionable to the recipient and that cause discomfort or humiliation
    * Pressure from a person of either sex against a person of the opposite or same sex
    * Unwelcome sexual behavior or words including demands for sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual’s educational or employment status
    * Conduct that is criminal in nature such as rape, sexual assault,
    stalking and similar offenses

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  • Guide to Residential Life Handbook: Cyber Bullying 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Statement

    Engaging in any form of harassment over the Internet is
    commonly referred to as cyber bullying. cyber bullying
    includes, but is not limited to the following misuses of
    technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, or threatening
    another person by sending or posting inappropriate and
    hurtful email messages, instant messages, text messages,
    digital pictures or images or Website postings, including blogs
    and social network systems.

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  • University Policy Manual: Student Sexual Misconduct Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    An individual's conduct constitutes sexual harassment when it is sexual in nature and unwanted by the person toward whom it is directed.

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Yellow Light Policies
Green Light Policies
  • Executive Order 1074: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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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  • University Policy Manual: Student Conduct Code 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person within or related to the University community, including physical abuse, threats, intimidation,
    harassment, or sexual misconduct.

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  • University Policy Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    This University exists to provide an opportunity for education to enable students to live a more perceptive and fulfilling life. Its aim is to inspire them in creative and critical thinking and to encourage them to contribute their ideas for the improvement of the society in which they live.

    Basic to the achievement of these purposes is freedom of expression and communication.

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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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  • ‘State Hornet’ on CSU – Sacramento’s Red-Light Speech Codes

    January 27, 2011

    A recent article in The State Hornet, at California State University – Sacramento (Sac State), notes the university’s poor rating—and the generally poor ratings of its California peers–in FIRE’s 2011 Spotlight on Speech Codes report. As The State Hornet points out in its front-page article, “Sac State received the red-light ranking along with Chico State, UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis, while other California universities such as UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley received a yellow light.” The paper also points out that “64 percent of the 33 California university campuses received a red light,” the lowest of the three ratings in FIRE’s Spotlight […]

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