California State University – Northridge

Location: Northridge, California
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

California State University – Northridge 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
  • Executive Order 1097: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    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 her/his... Read More
  • Student Housing Handbook: Resident’s Rights

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    Each resident is entitled to certain basic rights that describe the essence of our residential community: … Live free from intimidation, physical, and emotional harm. Read More
  • Student Housing Rules and Regulations: Posting

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    No offensive or alcohol/drug-related materials may be posted in a public area or a place where they can be viewed from a public area (e.g. external unit door, balcony, in a visible place from windows, etc.) … Read More
  • Policy on Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression and the Use of Campus Buildings and Grounds (Interim): Limitations

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    Expressive activity not protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the California Constitution or by this policy, includes … the use of public resources for partisan political activities. Read More
  • Student Housing Rules and Regulations: Disorderly Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    Behaviors whether through conduct or expression which are not civil or respectful and which breach the peace within or around the residence halls or at any residence-hall related function are not permitted. Read More
  • Standards for Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or intimidating and abusive messages. Read More
  • Standards for Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    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 on Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression and the Use of Campus Buildings and Grounds (Interim)

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies, Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: March 7, 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 allow but also to encourage and support the free expression of ideas, values and opinions, even where they may be unpopular or controversial. CSUN accepts and... Read More
  • Historian Shouted Down at Cal State Northridge

    November 15, 2016

    Last week, historian and Baylor University professor George Gawrych was prevented from delivering a lecture at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) when students chanted repeatedly in protest until he left the room. According to the student newspaper, The Sundial, Gawrych’s planned lecture was to focus on a book he had written about Turkish army officer… Read more

  • Practical Advice for Fraternities Caught in the Battle for Free Speech on Campus

    September 16, 2004

    I. Introduction While there is no shortage of free speech battles on college campuses, fraternities have the dubious honor of being at the center of many of the least sympathetic controversies. From Halloween parties where brothers show up dressed as Ku Klux Klan members to fraternity newsletters that graphically relate a brother’s sexual exploits with… Read more