Santa Rosa Junior College

Location: Santa Rosa, California
Website: http://www.santarosa.edu
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Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

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  • Rights in the News: Victory at UCLA Helps FIRE Blaze Trail Into New School Year

    August 21, 2009

    It’s nice every time you can take a case public on a Thursday and declare victory by lunchtime on Friday. This was FIRE’s good fortune this week after we issued a press release yesterday concerning UCLA’s threats against former graduate student Tom Wilde, who maintained a private website that was critical of what he called UCLA’s “weeding out” practices. Within hours, UCLA had dropped its threats against Wilde (though we’re still waiting on Santa Rosa Junior College to make a similar move). Eugene Volokh—a professor of law at UCLA—is among the many pleased with the news. You can read his […]

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  • Victory for Free Expression: UCLA Drops Unconstitutional Threats Against Internet Speech; Online Speech Still Threatened at Santa Rosa Junior College

    August 21, 2009

    LOS ANGELES, August 21, 2009—The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has withdrawn its unconstitutional demand that a former student take down a website criticizing the university. UCLA had demanded that Tom Wilde shut down his private, non-commercial website, ucla-weeding101.info, by last Monday. Wilde turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help, and yesterday, only a few hours after FIRE publicized Wilde’s case, UCLA informed FIRE that its demands against Wilde were being withdrawn. “Kudos to UCLA for quickly realizing that the First Amendment protects criticism of the university-even online,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “UCLA’s […]

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  • Online Speech Threatened at UCLA and Santa Rosa Junior College

    August 20, 2009

    As our press release today notes, yet another California institution has abused the California Education Code for the purposes of shutting down a private website. This time, the culprit is the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), which has unconstitutionally ordered former student Tom Wilde to take down his private, non-commercial website or else face criminal and civil action. A former UCLA graduate student, Wilde launched the website ucla-weeding101.info last month to argue that he was “weeded out” of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education for his dissenting views. Less than a month after launching the site, on August 6, UCLA […]

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  • Online Speech Threatened at UCLA and Santa Rosa Junior College

    August 20, 2009

    LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2009—The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has unconstitutionally ordered a former student to take down a website criticizing UCLA or else face criminal and civil action. Tom Wilde’s private, non-commercial website is located at ucla-weeding101.info. After UCLA demanded he take down his site by this past Monday, Wilde, who has so far refused to comply, came to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help. “California has seen a disturbing trend of public colleges and universities attempting to censor or chill private speech online,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “California’s schools violate the […]

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  • FIRE Keeps Pressure on Santa Rosa Junior College Regarding Overbroad Ban on ‘Unofficial’ Name Usage

    August 6, 2009

    Since Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) President Robert Agrella apparently doesn’t understand what “overbroad” means, FIRE wrote his boss yesterday to warn him about the unconstitutionally overbroad ban on the “unofficial” use of the college’s name or initials. In our latest letter, we warned California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott that the college’s overbroad ban on even the initials “SRJC” in private e-mail addresses and domain names is unconstitutional, leaving the college open to liability for chilling core political speech about the college or for actively trying to get people to shut down their existing e-mail addresses and websites. Dozens, if […]

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  • Santa Rosa Junior College Still Doesn’t Understand What ‘Overbroad’ Means

    July 21, 2009

    Yesterday FIRE reported on Santa Rosa Junior College’s unconstitutionally overbroad ban on the “unofficial” use of the initials “SRJC” (or the name of the college spelled out) in private speech, particularly in domain names and e-mail addresses. Shortly after our press release went out, I took a call from Maria Gaitan, Executive Assistant to SRJC President Robert Agrella. Agrella had instructed her to call us to ask us to retract our so-called false statement, most of all because of his position that the ban is not actually a ban. She also verified that the college is still pursuing “unofficial” use […]

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  • Free Speech Chilled at Santa Rosa Junior College: Administration Threatens Those Who Use Its Initials in Private E-mail Addresses and Domain Names

    July 20, 2009

    As we stated in today’s press release, Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) has failed to lift an unconstitutional ban on “unofficial” use of the initials “SRJC” in private e-mail addresses and website domain names, chilling the expression of students and faculty. After a faculty member came to FIRE for help, FIRE asked SRJC to lift its overbroad ban and to clarify the First Amendment rights of SRJC community members. SRJC, however, has told FIRE it intends to continue with its unconstitutional efforts to ban unofficial use of the college’s name, demonstrating a profound and mystifying ignorance of the First Amendment. […]

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  • Free Speech Chilled at Santa Rosa Junior College: Administration Threatens Those Who Use Its Initials in Private E-mail Addresses and Domain Names

    July 20, 2009

    SANTA ROSA, Calif., July 20, 2009—Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) has failed to lift an unconstitutional ban on “unofficial” use of the initials “SRJC” in private e-mail addresses and website domain names, chilling the expression of students and faculty. After a faculty member came to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help, FIRE asked SRJC to lift its overbroad ban and to clarify the First Amendment rights of SRJC community members. SRJC, however, has told FIRE it intends to continue with its unconstitutional efforts to ban unofficial use of the college’s name. “Santa Rosa Junior College has […]

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  • Santa Rosa Junior College Unconstitutionally Bans Use of “SRJC” in E-Mail Addresses

    July 1, 2009

    FIRE has written to Santa Rosa Junior College to urge it to lift its overbroad ban on the use of “SRJC” (or even “srjc”) in e-mail addresses and Internet domain names. The ban, reported last month by the Press Democrat, goes too far because it bans using the name of the college even in instances where there is no doubt whatsoever that the e-mail address or domain name has no official relationship to the college and where no commercial interest is involved. The college was sending cease-and-desist letters suggesting that the alleged perpetrators were breaking the law: The use of […]

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