California University of Pennsylvania

Location: California, Pennsylvania
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating
California University of Pennsylvania 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
  • Policy Statements and Compliance Procedures on Equal Education and Employment Opportunity and Social Equity

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 16, 2019

    California University’s definition of sexual harassment is consistent with the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s current definition of sexual harassment and other Federal laws and statues. That definition includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other conduct of a s... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Threat Response, Assessment, and Intervention

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: January 16, 2019

    THREATENING BEHAVIOR INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: 1. Physical actions short of actual contact/injury (i.e., moving closer aggressively, waving arms or fists, yelling in an aggressive or threatening manner), 2. General oral or written threats to people or property (i.e., “you better watch your back” o... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 16, 2019

    Treating Others Fairly would require one NOT engage in the following: 1. Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination and the University is obligated to address unwelcome actions and behaviors by a student toward another student or other person based on sex that is sufficiently severe or persistent so as to int... Read More
  • Gender-Based/Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 16, 2019

    Sexual Harassment Unwelcome, gender-based conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, limiting or denying someone the ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program … Other Misconduct Offenses that will fa... Read More
  • Gender-Based/Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) Policy

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: January 16, 2019

    Bullying, defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally (that is not speech or conduct otherwise protected by the First Amendment). … Bullying & Cyber-Bullying: Bullying is typically portrayed as ... Read More
  • Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 16, 2019

    Prohibited Uses of University Information Technology Resources: … f) Use of the University Information Technology Resources to transmit material, chain letters, spam, or communications prohibited by state or federal law; g) Transmitting or displaying media content in a manner that violates the University’s sex... Read More
  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Committee on Student Academic Freedom

    September 19, 2005

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives brought together a committee to examine allegations that Pennsylvania’s public universities were plagued by liberal ideology and indoctrination. David A. French, at the time president of FIRE, served as a legal adviser to the panel. FIRE released FIRE Report on the First Amendment Responsibilities of Pennsylvania State-Funded Colleges and Universities,… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: California University of Pennsylvania

    June 9, 2015

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for June 2015: California University of Pennsylvania (CUP). CUP (located in the town of California, Pa., hence the name) is one of the fourteen public universities comprising the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. As a public university, CUP is required to uphold the First Amendment rights… Read more