Humboldt State University

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

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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Bias Education Initiative: What is Bias? 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: February 16, 2015

    Bias is:

    Any physical, spoken or written act of abuse, violence, harassment, intimidation, extortion, use of vulgarity, cursing, making remarks of a personally destructive nature toward another person, and any restriction or prevention of free movement of an individual.

    Bias occurs whether that act is intentional or unintentional, and is directed toward an individual, group, property, or an institution based on race, color, creed/religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, political or religious ideology, gender, identity, gender expression or other qualitites that are central to an individual’s identity.

    An area of concern, but one which is particularly difficult for universities to deal with, is the area of “Hate Speech.” This area is difficult because of the nation’s deep commitment to free speech and all universities’ particular focus on free speech as a major component in the university learning environment. We believe that we can both maintain respect for free speech and engage a fruitful concern for “hate speech.” With this in mind, we define Hate Speech as: Hate speech is speech, text, images (written/spoken) presented in public that are designed to incite hatred, violence, contempt, or severe ridicule towards, or to intimidate or create terror or fear among members of racial, religious, or other groups (such as sexual minorities). Having an ongoing discussion of what constitutes bias and hate speech, in the context of the preservation of free speech, is an imperative part of the process of creating and maintaining a just and inclusive learning community.

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  • Standards for Student Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: February 16, 2015

    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 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2015

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

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  • Current Residents Handbook: Verbal/Written Abuse 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2015

    Verbal or written abuse toward a staff member or another student will not be tolerated and will be grounds for judicial action, which may include removal from the residence halls.

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  • Executive Order 1097: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2015

    Harassment means unwelcome conduct engaged in because of a Protected Status that is sufficiently Harassment means unwelcome conduct engaged in because of a 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 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, a form of Sex Discrimination, is unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to Sexual Violence, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and indecent exposure where:

    a. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting a Student’s academic status or progress, or access to benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the University; or

    b. 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; or

    c. 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 intimidating, hostile or offensive.

    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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  • Clubs Handbook: Organizing Events 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2015

    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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Green Light Policies
  • Policy on Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 16, 2015

    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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  • 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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