California State University – Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles, California
Website: http://www.calstatela.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

California State University – Los Angeles 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

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    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:

    a. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting a Student’s academic status or progress, or access to benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the University; or

    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: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

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

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    A. Public Forum Areas

    In this policy, a “public forum” refers to University property that has traditionally been available to assembly or debate. Right of access and right of equality of access are guaranteed in these public forums. Prior restraint and most content-based restrictions are prohibited, but reasonable time, place, and manner regulations may be applied. Spontaneous events and demonstrations may take place in the public forum areas without reservations. Planned events and demonstrations in the public forum areas require reservations.

    The following areas are public forums:

    The stage that is northeast of the University-Student Union, plus the area extending outwards 5 feet from every side of the stage; and the walkway area from the statute of the Golden Eagle east of the Golden Eagle building to the southernmost end of the Street of the Arts (see Appendix 1.).

    B. Limited Public Forum Areas

    “Limited public forum” areas refer to property that has not been traditionally public, but which the University has designated to be open as locations for public discourse. Spontaneous events and demonstrations may not take place in the limited public forum areas. Planned events and demonstrations in the limited public forum areas require reservations.

    The following areas are limited public forums:

    All outdoor areas on campus (i.e., areas not inside a building) with the exception of: public forum areas, athletic fields (including but not limited to the tennis courts and the swimming pool and deck); streets; street crosswalks; driveways; parking lots; the corporation yard; the area directly between Kennedy Library North and the Palmer Wing South; bridges between buildings; building balconies; building walls; building rooftops; Luckman amphitheater; areas directly adjacent to electrical transformers, generators and panels; and designated construction areas.

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  • Housing Services Student Guide: Violence, Harassment and Assault 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Behavior or expression which is interpreted as abusive or threatening to any member of the community is prohibited.

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  • Housing Services Student Guide: Disorderly Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Any behavior or expression that disrupts or obstructs the administrative, educational, or communal nature of the Housing Services complex is prohibited.

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  • Standards for Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

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

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

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Exposure to the widest possible range of ideas, viewpoints, opinions and creative expression is an integral and indispensable part of a University education for life in a diverse global society. California State University, Los Angeles, supports the right of individual students, faculty, staff and student organizations to exercise free speech, including but not limited to artistic, political, and/or symbolic speech, provided only that such expression does not significantly or materially disrupt normal activities or infringe upon the rights of others.

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  • Vindicated: Researcher Punished For Exposing Climate Fraud Beats UCLA

    March 12, 2015

    By Matt Lamb at The College Fix School says it’s purely a financial decision – trial ain’t cheap Scientific research at universities is supposed to involve inquiry into established theories and hypotheses. That is, unless they question environmental regulations. One UCLA science researcher, a 34-year veteran of the school, found himself out of a job in 2011 after examining the data underlying diesel regulations proposed by a California regulator and exposing the shoddy credentials of a lead author of that regulator’s report. James Enstrom secured victory in a two-and-a-half year legal battle against UCLA last week when the school agreed […]

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  • UCLA Law Students Traumatized By Exam Question About Ferguson

    December 12, 2014

    By William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection You thought it was bad that law students at Columbia, Harvard, Georgetown and Berkeleydemanded exam delays because of the failure of grand juries to indict in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner? Sit down. Harvey Silverglate, civil liberties lawyer and co-founder of the FIRE, tweets a link to a Volokh Conspiracy post:   The original story is from the UCLA Daily Bruin, Law school exam question on Ferguson shooting draws criticism: Some students at the UCLA School of Law have expressed concerns after a professor asked an exam question this week […]

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  • Some colleges need to take free-speech classes, according to survey

    December 21, 2012

    The Watchdog Blog Many of America’s colleges appear to need to take a few courses in free speech. More than 60 percent of the 400-plus colleges and universities studied by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education have policies that restrict students’ First Amendment rights. In a report released this week, FIRE also raised concern over federal and state regulations governing bullying and harassment that the report labeled sloppily written and implemented. To be fair, FIRE acknowledged that the number of schools with “red light” free-speech codes has declined for the fifth straight year. And more schools eliminated their restrictive speech policies in 2012, earning […]

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  • Cal State Declares Sex Toy Event ‘Not Appropriate,’ Cancels Program

    February 10, 2015

    California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) canceled an event focused on sex toys after an angry parent complained that the content of the program was inappropriate for her adult daughter and her peers. The event was planned by CSULA’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, a department of its Student Union, in conjunction with a local adult store. According to CBS News, money from student activity fees was going to be used for the event. Though questions about whether funding was approved through the right channels have yet to be answered, CSULA made clear through remarks from a spokeswoman that its […]

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  • UCLA Report Suggests Chilling Speech Is the Answer to Offensive ‘Microaggressions’

    January 8, 2014

    Last November, 25 students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) staged a demonstration during a class taught by Professor Val Rust. The protesting students claim Rust contributed to an environment that is hostile to students of color through “microaggressions.” According to researchers who studied the racial climate at the University of California, microaggressions (PDF) are “subtle verbal and nonverbal insults directed toward non-Whites, often done automatically and unconsciously” that can, in the aggregate, negatively affect those who receive them. Microaggressions that consist only of speech or expression are protected by the First Amendment unless they also fall into one of the few […]

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