Humboldt State University

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

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Speech Code Rating

Humboldt State University 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.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Standards for Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    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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  • Standards for Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

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

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  • Resident Handbook: Physical/Written/Verbal Abuse, Threats, and Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    Threats, racist/sexist/ethnic/gender based harassment, malicious pranks, abusive name calling, or physical violence toward any member of the HSU community will not be tolerated anywhere in Housing or the dining facilities. Any behavior of this nature could result in immediate removal. Causing physical or mental harm, bullying, and/or the apprehension of physical or verbal harm to any person or self (including threats or attempts of suicide) will result in disciplinary action and/or arrest by the police, as appropriate. Harassment of any person and/or group, through any medium, including the Internet is not permissible. This includes statements posted on social media sites such as Facebook, SnapChat, Craigslist, email, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

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  • Clubs Handbook: Organizing Events

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    Student Organizations must get approval at least 5 business days prior to the date of the event if it is a standard event, such as a workshop, or small scale presentation, and at least 14 days prior if it is a large scale event or High Risk events. These events can include, but are not limited to, a dance or concert, Film Screenings (unless the rights have already been purchased), political events, festivals, conferences and controversial speakers.

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  • Resident Handbook: Student Expectations & Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    Students have the right to the following: … be free from all forms of intimidation and verbal, physical or emotional harm.

     

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  • Resident Handbook: Obscene Matter/Posting

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    Housing & Residence Life reserves the right to remove from public view any signs or objects deemed offensive to others or prejudicial to the overall goals of the university. This includes offensive or alcohol/drug related materials. “Public display” and “public view” includes the outside of room doors, windows facing out and hallway bulletin boards.

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  • Resident Handbook: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    Sexual harassment – consists of both non-sexual conduct based on sex or sex-stereotyping and conduct that is sexual in nature which can be verbal, nonverbal, or physical. Sexual harassment also includes hostile behavior based on sex or gender stereotypes, or one’s sexual orientation or gender identity, even if that behavior isn’t explicitly sexual. This behavior has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment, limiting one’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University.

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  • Executive Order 1097: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    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 ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University.

    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: … 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 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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Green Light Policies
  • EM:P10-01 Policy on Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    Spontaneous events occasioned by news or affairs coming into public knowledge less than 48 hours prior to such event may be held in the Designated Public Forums described in Section VI as well as outdoors (other than turf athletics fields) without advance permission, and in University buildings with special permission of the President or the President’s designee.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • Lawsuit Alleges Humboldt State Terminated Faculty Member for Her Speech

    May 14, 2015

    Jacquelyn Bolman, formerly director of the Indian Natural Resources Science and Engineering Program at Humboldt State University, was fired last fall and is now alleging in a lawsuit that HSU was motivated by her criticism of the university, in violation of her First Amendment rights. Bolman had been vocal in her opposition to what she viewed as a “racist campaign to undermine and eliminate Native [American] student programs” by former HSU president Rollin Richmond. She had also written a report to the California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation accusing HSU of “not support[ing] minority students, faculty or […]

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  • Humboldt Professor Warns of Censorship on Campus

    August 1, 2014

    Marcy Burstiner, chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Humboldt State University (HSU) in California, has a message for HSU administrators: Fix unconstitutional speech codes, or be prepared for a fight.

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