California State University – Monterey Bay

Location: Seaside, California
Website: http://csumb.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

California State University – Monterey Bay 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

  • CSUMB Catalog: Sexual Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 2015

    Sexual harassment may range from sexual innuendoes made at inappropriate times, perhaps in the guise of humor, to coerced sexual relations.

    Sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome conduct is engaged in because of the targeted individual’s sex, and: … 3. Such conduct is so severe or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, is an environment that could be considered by a reasonable person, and is in fact considered by the individual, as intimidating, hostile or offensive.

    Sexual harassment can be written (in print or electronically), verbal, visual or physical. Examples of harassment include:

    • Written communications, such as sending inappropriate jokes or comments in print or by e-mail;
    • Verbal communications, such as making graphic or degrading comments about an individual and/or his or her body or personal characteristics, or using epithets, derogatory comments or slurs;
    • Physical acts, such as unwanted touching, physical interference, or even assault;
    • Visual acts or displays, such as derogatory cartoons, drawings, or posters, or inappropriate gestures;
    • Making unwelcome sexual advances or propositions, or offering employment benefits or giving preferential treatment in exchange for sexual favors;
    • Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to unwelcome conduct.

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  • Residential Life Community Standards: Discrimination/Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 2015

    When decorating your living area (including, but not limited to, the interior and exterior of room/suite/doors, windows, lounges, etc.), please remember that you are part of a diverse community. If community members approach Student Housing & Residential Life staff members with concerns about the appropriateness/reasonableness of decorations (included, but not limited to comic strips, videos, posters, phrases, quotes, signs and/or other forms of expression, etc.), residents may request the removal of materials in public view. While we support the rights of individuals to express thoughts and ideas, reasonable time, place, and manner of that expression will be expected of all community members so individuals can live in an environment without ‘decorations’ that may be perceived as offensive, degrading, pornographic, discriminatory, or which promote hate toward community members, including members of constitutionally protected categories.

    Using vulgar, discriminatory, harassing, and/or inappropriate comments or language when interacting with community members (students, faculty, staff, administrators, etc.) may be subject to conduct action.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • CSUMB Catalog: Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 2015

    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 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 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:

    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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  • CSUMB Catalog: Standards for Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 30, 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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  • Residential Life Community Standards: Posting/Advertising 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 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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  • Residential Life Student Handbook: Jeopardizing the Academic Success, Health, and/or Safety of Self/Others 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 2015

    Any threat or action of physical, emotional, or verbal harm in any form (including, but not limited to on line postings, written statements, verbal interactions, assault/battery, physical fights, malicious pranks, etc.) to any community member or guest is prohibited.

    The placing of annoying or harassing telephone calls or emails, texts messages, Instant Messages (IMs), and/or posting to social networking websites that negatively impacts another individuals’ success may result in conduct action.

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  • Use Of University Buildings and Grounds Guidelines 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 2015

    These guidelines apply to events, distribution of handbills, posting of signs, use of institutional buildings and grounds, commercial transactions and other activities at California State University Monterey Bay.

    The use of buildings, facilities, or grounds by officially recognized campus organizations, faculty, staff and external users must follow the processes that have been established by the campus for approval indicated on the Student Activity Request Form, Space and Service Request, or Conference and Event Services Agreement Contract. These forms should be completed at least 30 days prior to the event, and approval for the use of buildings, facilities, and grounds are subject to their availability.

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