California State University – Chico

Location: Chico, California
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

California State University – Chico has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more
  • Cal. Admin. Code tit. 5, s 41301: Standards for Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: January 29, 2019

    The University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy living and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Each member of the campus community must choose behaviors that contribute toward this end. Students are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well... Read More
  • Policy on Use of Computing and Communications Technology

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 29, 2019

    Users may not use campus computing or network services to threaten, harass, defame, or otherwise interfere with the legal rights of others. (*Harassment is defined as the creation of an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. ) … Users should take care not to display on screens ... Read More
  • 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: January 29, 2019

    Harassment means unwelcome conduct engaged in because of a 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 Student, and is in fact considered by the Student, as limiting the Student’s abilit... Read More
  • Division of Student Affairs: Description of Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 29, 2019

    Sexual harassment is defined as including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, repeated derogatory sexist remarks, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward a student or employee from a person with power or authority. According to guidelines... Read More
  • Policy on Time, Place, and Manner of Expression

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: January 29, 2019

    Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of a democratic society and is essential to the educational process. Universities have a special obligation not only to tolerate but also to encourage and support the free expression of ideas, values and opinions, even where they may be unpopular or controversial. California St... Read More
  • Policy on Time, Place, and Manner of Expression

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: January 29, 2019

    Freedom of expression extends to the right to demonstrate, protest, and advocate through public assemblies, marches, and demonstrations. These activities must comply with the General Limitations set forth in this policy (See General Limitations and Time, Place and Manner Guidelines). To address public safety issues ... Read More
  • Victory for Free Speech: California’s Chico State Scraps Unconstitutional ‘Speech Code of the Year’

    January 4, 2012

    Today’s press release announces a welcome victory: After FIRE named California State University-Chico’s definition of sexual harassment one of two "Speech Codes of the Year" for 2011, the university has scrapped the language in question. As of mid-December 2011, Chico State maintained an informational page on sexual harassment stating that faculty members committed sexual harassment… Read more

  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2011

    December 27, 2011

    Each month, FIRE singles out a particularly reprehensible campus speech code for our Speech Code of the Month designation. While all of 2011’s Speech Codes of the Month flagrantly violated students’ and faculty members’ right to free expression, two of them were so egregious that they deserve special mention as 2011’s Speech Codes of the… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: California State University – Chico

    March 3, 2011

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for March 2011: California State University – Chico. We frequently talk about the impact of speech codes on student speech. But speech codes can affect faculty members, too, and the ability of faculty to teach controversial or sensitive material without fear of punishment is critical to the… Read more