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Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
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.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThe 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
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementProhibited 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.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUsers 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
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementConveyances 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 ....
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementEach 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.
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 […]» Read More
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 […]» Read More