Humboldt State University

Location: Arcata, California
Type: Public
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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
  • Standards for Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: February 26, 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
  • Standards for Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: February 26, 2019

    Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or intimidating and abusive messages. Read More
  • Resident Handbook: Physical/Written/Verbal Abuse, Threats, and Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 26, 2019

    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... Read More
  • Clubs Handbook: Organizing Events

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 26, 2019

    Student Organizations must get approval at least 10 business days prior to the date of the event if it is a standard event (such as a workshop, small scale presentation, meetings, etc.), and at least 21 days prior if it is a large scale event or High Risk events. These events can include, but are not limited to, a d... Read More
  • Resident Handbook: Student Expectations & Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: February 26, 2019

    Students have the right to the following: … be free from all forms of intimidation and verbal, physical or emotional harm.   Read More
  • Resident Handbook: Obscene Matter/Posting

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 26, 2019

    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 ... Read More
  • Resident Handbook: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 26, 2019

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 26, 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
  • EM:P10-01 Policy on Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 26, 2019

    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 permissi... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • 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… Read more

  • 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.