University of the Pacific

Location: , California
Website: web.pacific.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of the Pacific 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.

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Red Light Policies

  • Tiger Lore Student Handbook: Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    The University will not tolerate behavior that constitutes acts of unlawful harassment and discrimination, because such behavior undermines the emotional,
    physical, or ethical integrity of any community member. Such proscribed
    behavior includes but is not limited to: Physical, visual or verbal conduct that demeans,
    ridicules, defames, stigmatizes, intimidates, or impedes
    the work or movement of a person or persons, when engaged in on the basis of a person's race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (gender), sexual orientation, age, religion, religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, military status, citizenship status, or other status protected by law. ... These prohibited actions or behaviors when engaged on the basis of these factor(s) also include but are not limited to:
    * Verbal, nonverbal, or computer generated words or symbols;
    * Epithets, insults, jokes, teasing or derogatory comments;
    ...
    * Derogatory posters, cartoons, or drawings;
    * Electronic postings, online communities, blogs (including University
    blogs).

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  • Tiger Lore Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Prohibited acts that constitute sexual harassment include:
    verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory comments,
    slurs or comments; visual displays such as derogatory or
    offensive posters, drawings or images; unwanted touching,
    blocking normal movement, interfering with study, work or
    activities; threats, demands to submit to sexual requests.

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  • Tiger Lore Student Handbook: Computer Use 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Users must abide by the University's Policy
    against Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment.
    That Policy prohibits verbal and visual conduct
    of a harassing nature; threatening, obscene or
    other offensive messages; or graphics that would
    be deemed inappropriate in other contexts are
    prohibited.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Tiger Lore Student Handbook: Threat of Harm 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Conveyances of threats, which result in, or may result in, harm to any person or the damage to University property or the property of others by willful and deliberate means is prohibited. This includes use of communication technology (e.g., voicemail, text messages, and social networking sites) to convey a threat. This offense includes but is not limited to: Verbal and non-verbal abuse; Threats of violence ....

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Green Light Policies
  • Tiger Lore Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Each student has the right both on the campus of the University and in the course of University-operated activities, to freedom of expression, subject to reasonable rules and standards related to the time, place and manner of such conduct. Such freedom of expression includes the right to peaceably communicate, observe, listen and assemble in public meetings in order to freely exchange ideas, without regard to the content of the views expressed.

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  • University of the Pacific, November 2008’s SCOTM, To Review Harassment Policy

    December 5, 2008

    Just a month after being named FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month for November 2008, the University of the Pacific has agreed to review its Harassment, Coercion, and Discrimination policy. After naming Pacific our Speech Code of the Month, FIRE wrote President Don DeRosa to personally inform him of our concerns about the policy. We wrote: The university’s policy on Harassment, Coercion, and Discrimination threatens core political speech, explicitly bans protected speech, and leaves Pacific students’ right to free expression at the mercy of the most sensitive or least tolerant members of their community. The mere existence of the policy […]

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  • Speech Code of the Month: University of the Pacific

    November 5, 2008

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2008: University of the Pacific. The university’s policy on Harassment, Coercion, and Discrimination, found in its Student Handbook, provides that: The University will not tolerate behavior that undermines the emotional, physical, or ethical integrity of any community member. Such proscribed behavior includes but is not limited to: [...] Conduct (intentional or unintentional) that has the effect of demeaning, ridiculing, defaming, stigmatizing, intimidating, slandering or impeding the work or movement of a person or persons or conduct that supports or parodies the oppression of others [....] These actions or behaviors include […]

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