California State University – Sacramento

Location: Sacramento, California
Website: http://www.csus.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

California State University – Sacramento 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
  • University Policy Manual: Time, Place & Manner Restrictions on Speech and Speech-Related Activities

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 25, 2017

    Recognized campus organizations or departments are permitted to post materials publicizing their on- and off-campus events, provided such materials include the name of the sponsoring organization, the time and place of the event, and the amount of admission if charged.

    IV. NON-COMMERCIAL SOLICITATIONS

    B. TIME: M-F, 9 a.m. TO 4:30 p.m.

    C. PLACE: The edge of walkways adjacent to the Library Quad, Main Quad, South Green, or Science Quad. The edge of walkways adjacent to the South University Union Lawn when the solicitation is by a group sponsoring a program in that area at the same time. Solicitation indoors is not allowed, except for solicitation associated with a program occurring indoors (approved and with reservations) and conducted by the sponsor of the program (e.g., membership in the sponsoring organization and/or donations to a non-profit).

    D. MANNER:

    1. Solicitors must register with Student Organizations & Leadership to determine whether they meet the non-commercial requirements (e.g., for non-profits, they need to show documentation of their non-profit status).

    VI. HANDBILLS OR CIRCULARS

    B. TIME: At all times, except for non-University affiliated organizations and individuals, who are limited to normal operating hours M-F.

    C. PLACE: The edge of walkways adjacent to the Library Quad, Main Quad, South Green, or Science Quad as well as the information desk in University Union and the information desk in Student Services Center if the material aids achievement of the educational objectives of the campus.

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  • University Policy Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: August 25, 2017

    Students have the right to assume and expect:

    That race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability or veteran status shall not be used in a derogatory manner in the classroom.

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  • 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 Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 25, 2017

      1. 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 advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other conduct of a sexual nature where:
        1. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting a Complainant’s academic status or progress, or access to benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the University; or
        2. The 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 Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as limiting his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University; or
        3. The 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 Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

    Sexual Harassment could include being forced to engage in unwanted sexual contact as a condition of membership in a student organization; being subjected to video exploitation or a campaign of sexually explicit graffiti; or frequently being exposed to unwanted images of a sexual nature in a classroom that are unrelated to the coursework.

    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.

    This policy covers unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. While romantic, sexual, intimate, personal or social relationships between members of the University community may begin as consensual, they may evolve into situations that lead to Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct, including Dating or Domestic Violence, or Stalking, subject to this policy.

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  • Housing & Residential Life: Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 25, 2017

    Sexual Harassment is unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other conduct of a sexual nature where: … 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;

    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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  • University Catalog: Appendices- Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: August 25, 2017

    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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  • University Policy Manual: Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 25, 2017

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

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Green Light Policies
  • University Policy Manual: Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 25, 2017

    Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person within or related to the University community, including physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, or sexual misconduct.

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  • University Policy Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 25, 2017

    This University exists to provide an opportunity for education to enable students to live a more perceptive and fulfilling life. Its aim is to inspire them in creative and critical thinking and to encourage them to contribute their ideas for the improvement of the society in which they live.

    Basic to the achievement of these purposes is freedom of expression and communication.

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  • Race and Slurs in the Classroom

    October 5, 2015

    By Colleen Flaherty at Inside Higher Ed Microaggressions: everyday offenses or digs, sometimes subtle and unintentional, directed at a person based on his or her race. It’s a divisive term which some say has helped enable the “coddling” of college students nationwide. Other still say it’s given a name to the kinds of insidious discrimination that students of color and others have faced in the college classroom for generations. Like it or not, microaggression is now part of the mainstream college climate vocabulary, as a recent, public case at Mount Holyoke College and others like it illustrate. But are such […]

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  • ‘State Hornet’ on CSU – Sacramento’s Red-Light Speech Codes

    January 27, 2011

    A recent article in The State Hornet, at California State University – Sacramento (Sac State), notes the university’s poor rating—and the generally poor ratings of its California peers–in FIRE’s 2011 Spotlight on Speech Codes report. As The State Hornet points out in its front-page article, “Sac State received the red-light ranking along with Chico State, UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis, while other California universities such as UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley received a yellow light.” The paper also points out that “64 percent of the 33 California university campuses received a red light,” the lowest of the three ratings in FIRE’s Spotlight […]

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