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
  • Student Handbook: Posting Publicity Guidelines 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Fliers, posters and banners are to be approved prior to posting on campus.

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  • Student Handbook: Computer Use Agreement 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Computer resources may not be used to engage in abuse of other users, such as sending abusive or obscene messages within or beyond Pitzer via the network.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unlawful harassment is conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile working or academic environment, or that interferes with work or academic performance based on a person’s protected status, including race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (which includes harassment based on gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, family care leave status, or other status protected by antidiscrimination and anti-harassment statutes, such as Titles VII or IX of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

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  • Student Handbook: Communication Protocol for Bias Related Incidents 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    Bias related incidents are expressions of hostility against another person (or group) because of that person’s (or group’s) race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation, or because the perpetrator perceives that the other person (or group) has one or more of those characteristics. As 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.

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  • Student Handbook: Civil Rights Related Policies- Harassment Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unlawful harassment is conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile working or academic environment, or that interferes with work or academic performance based on a person’s protected status, including race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (which includes harassment based on gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, family care leave status, or other status protected by antidiscrimination and anti-harassment statutes, such as Titles VII or IX of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. … To count as harassment under this policy, such conduct must:

    • be based upon one or more of the categories mentioned above;
    • be offensive to the individual complaining of harassment and
    • be so persistent, repetitive, pervasive, or severe that it has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, abusive or hostile educational, employment or living environment at the College.

    One form of unlawful harassment is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment may be either “quid pro quo” harassment … or “environmental” harassment, where the individual is subjected to a hostile or intimidating environment, in which verbal or physical conduct, because of its severity and/or persistence, is likely to interfere with an individual’s work or education, or to affect adversely an individual’s living conditions. Occasional compliments that are generally accepted as not offensive or other generally accepted social behavior, on the other hand, do not constitute sexual harassment. Sexually harassing conduct need not be motivated by sexual desire. Examples of sexual harassment may include such conduct as:

    a. Physical assault or other unwelcome touching;

    b. Direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment, work status, promotion, grades, or letters of recommendations;

    c. Direct propositions of a sexual nature;

    d. Subtle pressure for sexual activity, an element of which may be repeated requests for private meetings without an academic and employment purpose;

    e. A pattern of conduct that would discomfort or humiliate, or both, a reasonable person at whom the conduct was directed that includes one or more of the following: (1) unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s body; (2) remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body, whether or not intended to be complimentary;  (3) remarks about sexual activity or speculations about previous sexual experience; or (4) other comments of a sexual nature, including sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes;

    f. Certain visual displays of sexually-oriented images outside the educational context;

    g. Letters, notes or electronic mail containing comments, words or images as described in (e) above.

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Green Light Policies
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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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