Location: Claremont, California
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
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.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementFliers, posters and banners are to be approved prior to posting on campus.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech, StatementAs used in this
Protocol, the term "bias related incident"
is limited to conduct that violates one or more of The Claremont Colleges'
disciplinary codes and which is not protected
by the First Amendment of the
United States Constitution or by analogous
provisions of state law.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementEvery 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual 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.
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 […]» Read More
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 […]» Read More