California State University – Fresno

Location: Fresno, California
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

California State University – Fresno 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
  • Interim Acceptable Use Policy of Information Technology Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 14, 2020

    No e-mail or message shall be created or sent, nor Web pages created, that may constitute intimidating, hostile, or offensive material based on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Read More
  • Residence Hall Handbook: Conduct & Policies- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 14, 2020

    Behavior in the form of harassment is also not tolerated. Any such behavior may be grounds for dismissal. Harassment is the unwanted imposition of attention, usually in the form of repeated or unwanted verbal or physically abusive behavior (i.e. sexual, racial, religious, etc.), and is strictly prohibited. Read More
  • Standards for Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 14, 2020

    Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or intimidating and abusive messages. Read More
  • Policy No. D‐19: Policy on Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression- Posting and Signage

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 17, 2020

    Manner: Signage (signs, posters, and flyers) may be posted on campus, subject to the following guidelines and limitations. 7.16.2.7. Temporary signage shall clearly identify the date of posting. To aid the University in maintaining an uncluttered and attractive campus, the organization or persons responsible for the... Read More
  • Executive Order 1097: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation, Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking against Students and Systemwide Procedure for Addressing Such Complaints by Students

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 14, 2020

    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 h... Read More
  • Policy No. D-08: Policy on the Use of Buildings and Grounds- Printed Materials

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 14, 2020

    Distribution of written or printed materials is permitted on campus provided the following conditions are met: … The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, on a first-come first-served basis will grant permission. Permission may be withheld or restricted as to time and duration in instances w... Read More
  • Residence Hall Handbook: Conduct & Policies- Community Standards

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: August 14, 2020

    Bigotry has no place within our community, nor does the denigration of another human being on the basis of age, physical ability, national origin, sexual orientation, race, gender, religious or political affiliation. We will not tolerate threats, intimidation, violence or other forms of harassment against any member... Read More
  • Residence Hall Handbook: Conduct & Policies- Aggressive/Abusive Behavior

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: August 14, 2020

    Aggressive/Abusive behavior is not appropriate. Residents who are confronted with conflict situations are expected to deal with such conflict in a constructive, non-aggressive manner which will lead to resolution of the differences. Violence in any form (physical or verbal) or the threat of violence is not an accept... Read More
  • Standards for Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: August 14, 2020

    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. Read More
  • Policy No. D‐19: Policy on Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 17, 2020

    Freedom of expression activities may take place on campus with the following exceptions: Vehicular roadways (without express permission and in coordination with the University Chief of Police); parking lots; residential housing and facilities; and within 30 feet of any location in which instructional, educational, r... Read More
  • July 2020 Speech Code of the Month: California State University, Fresno

    July 2, 2020

    Over the past month of protests following the murder of George Floyd, many colleges and universities have been grappling with reports that current or admitted students have engaged in racially offensive speech. As other students and members of the public demand punishment, they have turned to colleges’ policies in order to see whether they prohibit… Read more

  • VICTORY: Fresno State drops investigation into professor’s fiery tweets about former First Lady Barbara Bush

    April 25, 2018

    FRESNO, Calif., April 25, 2018 — California State University, Fresno President Joseph Castro announced late Tuesday that the university will drop its investigation of professor Randa Jarrar for her Twitter comments about the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and a coalition of civil liberties organizations had warned… Read more

  • Coalition of civil liberties organizations to Fresno State: First Amendment doesn’t have a ‘disrespectful’ exception

    April 19, 2018

    Yesterday, officials at Fresno State University convened a press conference to announce the initiation of what they promised would be a “long” investigation into the tweets of Professor Randa Jarrar following the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Meanwhile, Fresno State president Joseph Castro took to local television to condemn the tweets as “not… Read more

  • Fresno State University won’t — and cannot — punish professor for Barbara Bush tweets

    April 18, 2018

    Barbara Bush, former First Lady and matriarch of the Bush family, passed away yesterday at her Houston home at the age of 92, leading to statements of condolences from across the world. Following the announcement of Bush’s passing, a Fresno State University professor, Randa Jarrar, caused controversy on Twitter, leading the university to issue a… Read more

  • On Fresno State’s termination of Lars Maischak

    August 7, 2017

    FIRE is aware of reports that California State University, Fresno terminated professor Lars Maischak after reports surfaced of his tweet from his since-deleted account in which he stated that “Trump must hang.” We are concerned by the potential threat to freedom of expression posed by the incident. We have launched an investigation of the matter… Read more

  • SPLC and FIRE File ‘Amici’ Brief Supporting CSU-Fresno Student Activist

    November 6, 2013

    On October 29, the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) and FIRE filed an amici curiae (“friends of the court”) brief (PDF) with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of O’Brien v. Welty. The case concerns Neal O’Brien, a student at California State University-Fresno who was disciplined for asking two professors about their involvement in… Read more