California State University – Channel Islands

Location: Camarillo, California
Website: http://www.csuci.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

California State University – Channel Islands 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

  • Resident Handbook: Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2018

    Harassment: HRE seeks to promote and support a community where all its members may live together free of harassment. Verbal, written, telephonic, electronic, physical, and/or any other type of harassment that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person within or related to the residential community is prohibited. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, verbal harassment (e.g., epithets, derogatory comments, or slurs), physical harassment (e.g., assault, impeding or blocking movement, or any physical interference with normal work or movement), and visual forms of harassment (e.g., derogatory posters, cartoons, drawings, symbols, or gestures). Harassment covers unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: May 9, 2018

    Students are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon their university, to be civil to one another and to others in the campus community, and contribute positively to student and university life.

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  • Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2018

    Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or intimidating and abusive messages.

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  • Executive Order 1097: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students and Systemwide Procedure for Handling Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints by Students

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2018

    Harassment means unwelcome conduct, based on the Complainant’s Protected Status, that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as limiting her/his ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University.

    Sexual Harassment, a form of Sex Discrimination, is unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that includes but is not limited to sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other conduct of a sexual nature where: …

    2. The conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as limiting his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University; or 3. The conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

    Sexual Harassment also includes acts of verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on Gender or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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  • General Procedures for Postings and Signage

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2018

    Upon receiving advance approval from the designated University official as outlined in the University’s Policy on Postings and Signage or Use of University Buildings and Grounds, the following general procedures shall be followed as specified below: … Individuals or organizations that violate the Policy on Postings and Signage or General Procedures for Postings and Signage may have posting privileges revoked for a specified period of time. Unauthorized postings of a threatening, discriminatory or offensive manner may result in disciplinary action.

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  • Resident Handbook: Posting

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2018

    All materials to be posted must be submitted and approved by HRE. Those wishing to post in HRE may contact the Associate Director of Residential Education. Public display of “obscene matter” as defined in the California Penal Code, Section 311, under the discretion of University staff. HRE reserves the right to remove from public view any postings deemed to others as obscene or that are detrimental to the overall goals of the University. This includes but is not limited to offensive or drug/alcohol-related materials. Public view includes but is not limited to the external apartment/suite door, windows facing out, areas of an apartment/room that can be seen from the outside, and hallway bulletin boards.

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Green Light Policies
  • OP.01.007: Policy on Time, Place and Manner and the Use of University Buildings and Grounds

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 9, 2018

    Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of a democratic society and is essential to the educational process. The academic mission of the campuses within the California State University system necessitates the free exchange of ideas and vigorous debate of ideas and information. That includes the freedom to draw connections between controversial issues and the subject matter at hand. Controversy is at the heart of free academic inquiry. Therefore, discussing controversial content on campus does not in and of itself violate University policies nor will the discussion itself serve as a basis for limiting future expression, even if a campus community member feels uncomfortable with the content or finds the content to be offensive.
    CSUCI encourages and supports the free expression of ideas, values and opinions, recognizing that such expression may take a variety of forms, such as speeches, signs, written materials, public assemblies, parades, demonstrations, artistic representation and other forms of expressive conduct. While one may find certain expressions or materials to be offensive or insulting, the appropriate way to counteract such materials is through discourse, constructive criticism, and the expression of additional points of view.

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  • OP.01.007: Policy on Time, Place and Manner and the Use of University Buildings and Grounds

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2018

    Non-commercial handbills and circulars may be distributed by hand in the designated public forums identified in Section C as well as other University walkways and outside entrances to University buildings provided that the activity conforms to the general limitations described in Sections A and H.

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  • OP.01.007: Policy on Time, Place and Manner and the Use of University Buildings and Grounds

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: May 9, 2018

    C. Designated Public Forums
    CSUCI’s Central Mall between University and Ojai Halls, as well as the John Spoor Broome Library Plaza, are designated public forums in which members of the University community and nonUniversity community may exercise their free speech rights without special restriction, subject only to the general limitations noted in Section A, unless sound amplification is to be used, in which case prior permission must be requested as described in Section E.

    Free-speech activities may be exercised in other outdoor areas (other than turf athletic/recreational fields), subject to the other provisions of this policy. These areas are available to individual students, faculty and staff and to University organizations on a first-come, first-served basis for free speech activities, unless sound amplification is to be used in which case prior approval must be granted as described in Section E.

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    Spontaneous events occasioned by news or affairs coming into public knowledge less than 48 hours prior to such event may be held at the designated public forums identified in Section C, as well as outdoors (other than turf athletic/recreational fields) without advance permission.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.