Pitzer College

Location: Claremont, California
Website: http://www.pitzer.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Pitzer College 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
Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Demonstrations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Each of [the Claremont Colleges] respects the rights of free speech and
    peaceful assembly and supports their exercise.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Every Pitzer community
    member has the right to freedom
    from harassment and abusive
    behavior, including harassment
    directed at his/her racial, religious
    or ethnic background, physical disability,
    or sexual orientation. No
    Pitzer student may engage in
    behavior which is excessively or
    persistently annoying enough to
    detract substantially from the quality
    of life, or the quality of the
    working conditions of students or
    any other member of The
    Claremont Colleges. Examples of
    harassment can include: making
    excessive noise in residence halls,
    damaging or highly offensive practical
    jokes, and racist behavior.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual harassment (between students)
    is defined as a pattern of
    unwanted and unwelcome sexual
    advances, requests for sexual
    favors, and other visual, verbal, or
    physical conduct of a sexual nature
    if it creates an intimidating, hostile,
    or offensive work, educational or
    student living environment. It
    includes but is not limited to any
    unwelcome touching, patting,
    pinching, or brushing against a person's
    body, and any harassment
    directed against a person because of
    his/her gender or sexual orientation.

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  • Advocating for Free Speech at Pitzer College, Claremont University Consortium

    March 14, 2013

    At California’s Pitzer College, students have taken it upon themselves to advocate for their fellow students’ free speech rights and to attempt to get their institution’s speech codes revised. But their efforts are not limited to Pitzer’s campus; they extend to the entire Claremont University Consortium, a group of private institutions that includes Pitzer, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, Harvey Mudd College, and Scripps College. So reports The Student Life, a campus newspaper published by the Associated Students of Pomona College. As is the case with all non-sectarian private colleges and universities in California, students at Pitzer and across the […]

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  • Students Fight for Free Speech at Pitzer Despite Facing Hurdles on Campus

    December 7, 2012

    Even though it has a staggering number of colleges and universities rated in FIRE’s Spotlight database, the state of California has not a single “green light” institution—that is, a school free of any publicly available speech codes. This includes Pitzer College, a private institution that is part of California’s Claremont University Consortium. As an article earlier this week in the student newspaper the Claremont Port Side reports, some students at Pitzer have begun to campaign for improvements in Pitzer’s policies regulating student speech. However, the article also shows that these champions for free speech face some impediments on campus to […]

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