California State University – East Bay

Location: Hayward, California
Website: http://www20.csueastbay.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

California State University – East Bay 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 here.

Yellow Light Policies
  • Standards for Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 29, 2015

    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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  • Posting Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 29, 2015

    Signs not meeting the educational goals and mission of the University, containing false, misleading or fraudulent information or discriminating or offensive language are strictly prohibited.

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  • Executive Order 1097: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 28, 2015

    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 Violence, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and indecent exposure where:

    b. Such 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 Student, and is in fact considered by the Student, as limiting the Student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University; or

    c. Such 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 Student, and is in fact considered by the Student, as intimidating, hostile or offensive.

    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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  • Standards for Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 29, 2015

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

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  • Housing License Agreement: Community Living 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 29, 2015

    Residents are expected to report uncivil treatment of others, vandalism, and other violations of the license agreement.

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  • Housing License Agreement: Harassment and/or Assault 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 29, 2015

    Any form of activity, whether covert or overt, that creates a threatening or harassing environment for any Housing resident, guest, or staff member will be handled judicially and may be grounds for immediate disciplinary action, revocation of the Housing License Agreement, and criminal prosecution.

    Verbal harassment is verbal behavior, either in words or gestures, which dominates, controls, or does another person harm. Verbal harassment occurs when unwelcome speech or conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it interferes with an employee’s work performance or a resident’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational activity or program, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, living, or educational environment.

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Green Light Policies
  • Policy on Time, Place, and Manner of Free Expression 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 29, 2015

    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.

    Freedom of expression is an individual right, and therefore is not restricted to place. While freedom of expression is encouraged everywhere on campus, the Agora Stage area is the most common place where individuals and groups assemble to exercise the right of free expression unless the space has already been scheduled in advance.

    To address public safety issues (routes of march, necessary public safety staffing, etc.), groups contemplating holding public assemblies, marches or demonstrations are strongly encouraged to notify the University Police in advance of the event, preferably at least 72 hours in advance.

    Individuals may … without prior scheduling, distribute non-commercial written and printed materials in any outdoor area of the University (excepting roadways) or in any University building.

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  • Student Rights and Responsibilities 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 29, 2015

    Freedom of expression and academic freedom are essential. The university is an institution that recognizes unfettered freedom in the give and take of ideas and opinions.

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