California Institute of Technology

Location: Pasadena, California
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

California Institute of Technology 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

Due Process Rating

Non-Sexual Misconduct

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F

Sexual Misconduct

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D

Title IX

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C
  • Institute Policy on Unlawful Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 31, 2021

    Harassment is a form of misconduct that includes unwelcome physical, verbal or nonverbal conduct that results in a person feeling intimidated, threatened, humiliated, or demeaned, and is likely to interfere with an individual’s work or education, or adversely affects an individual’s living conditions. … The fo... Read More
  • Honor Code Handbook: Interpersonal Relations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Violations of the Honor System do not always involve material or tangible advantages. Clear examples of this are discrimination and invasion of another’s privacy. Actions which degrade an individual or group, promulgate damaging rumors, or place someone in a situation where they feel threatened, harassed, or victimi... Read More
  • Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct: Sexual or Gender-based Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Gender-Based Harassment is harassment based on an individual’s actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression including harassing or bullying conduct based on the individual’s gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transition, or nonconformity with sex stereotypes. ... Read More
  • Institute Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Examples of inappropriate or unauthorized use of Caltech’s electronic information resources include: … sending a communication or using electronic information resources, including web pages, that illegally discriminate against, harass, defame, or threaten individuals or organizations; … use for political... Read More
  • Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct: Sexual Harassment under the CEC

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions: … The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative ... Read More
  • The Caltech Community’s Statement on Ethical Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Respect and Promote Freedom of Inquiry We encourage curiosity in research, scholarship, and exploration, and we create the conditions where inquiry can flourish. Read More
  • Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct: Sexual Harassment under Title IX

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Sexual harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … (2) unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to Caltech’s education program or activity; Read More

Policies are rated on their inclusion of 10 due process safeguards. Each policy may receive 2 points for fully including that safeguard, 1 point for partial inclusion, and 0 points for no meaningful inclusion. Most, but not all, institutions have separate policies for sexual misconduct and all other misconduct. See FIRE’s Spotlight on Due Process report for more information.

Grades

Non-Sexual Misconduct

F
1/20
  • Meaningful presumption of innocence
  • Timely and adequate written notice
  • Time to prepare with evidence
  • Impartial fact-finders
  • Meaningful hearing process
  • Right to present to fact-finder
  • Right to meaningful cross-ex
  • Active participation of advisor
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Unanimity or clear and convincing evidence

Sexual Misconduct

D
8/20
  • Meaningful presumption of innocence
  • Timely and adequate written notice
  • Time to prepare with evidence
  • Impartial fact-finders
  • Meaningful hearing process
  • Right to present to fact-finder
  • Right to meaningful cross-ex
  • Active participation of advisor
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Unanimity or clear and convincing evidence

Title IX

C
11/20
  • Meaningful presumption of innocence
  • Timely and adequate written notice
  • Time to prepare with evidence
  • Impartial fact-finders
  • Meaningful hearing process
  • Right to present to fact-finder
  • Right to meaningful cross-ex
  • Active participation of advisor
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Unanimity or clear and convincing evidence
  • FIRE alerts students to due process threats using campus newspapers

    February 23, 2018

    FIRE’s recent groundbreaking Spotlight on Due Process report found that the overwhelming majority of our nation’s top universities fail to provide students even the most basic elements of due process. Now, to make sure students know what they’re up against if they’re accused of serious misconduct, FIRE is running eye-catching ads in campus newspapers at… Read more

  • Speech Code Countdown: ‘U.S. News’ Top 25 College Rankings, Numbers 19-11

    October 6, 2016

    FIRE’s U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” Countdown continues today. We’re giving you a school-by-school analysis of just how well America’s “Best Colleges” do when it comes to protecting free speech on campus. Unfortunately, in today’s crop of top campuses, troubling speech codes abound. As part of FIRE’s fresh look at U.S. News’ top-ranked… Read more

  • ‘California Watch’: No Free Speech at California Colleges

    January 7, 2011

    Free speech is not safe at California colleges—not by a long shot. That’s what investigative reporter Erica Perez found in FIRE’s 2011 speech code report, as she wrote yesterday for California Watch: A new report from a national free speech advocacy organization found most of the four-year universities it surveyed had speech codes that substantially limit students’… Read more

  • The State of Free Speech on Campus: Caltech

    May 27, 2009

    Throughout the spring semester, FIRE is drawing special attention to the state of free speech at America’s top 25 national universities (as ranked by U.S. News & World Report). Today we review policies at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), which FIRE has given a red-light rating for maintaining policies that clearly and substantially restrict free… Read more