Orange Coast College

Location: Costa Mesa, California
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Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

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  • CCCD Student Code of Conduct: Grounds for Discipline 08-09

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement
    Last updated: December 15, 2013

    Harassment: Verbal or physical abuse, or the threat of physical abuse on or off District Property of any Member of the District Community or members of his/her family.

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  • CCCD Student Code of Conduct: Sexual Harassment 08-09

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement
    Last updated: December 15, 2013

    Sexual harassment is defined as (a) verbal harassment, e.g., epithets, derogatory comments or slurs;
    (c) visual forms of harassment, e.g., derogatory posters, cartoons, or drawings;
    or (e) an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

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  • CCCD Student Code of Conduct: Disruptive Behavior 08-09

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement
    Last updated: October 28, 2013

    Disruptive behavior, disobedience, habitual profanity or vulgarity or the open defiance of the authority of or abuse of District personnel.

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  • Revisiting freedom of association following recent controversy at Orange Coast College

    May 26, 2017

    Last week, the Orange Coast College Republicans announced that they had filed a “formal grievance” against Professor Jessica Alabi, alleging that she had prevented members of the club from attending an “African-American/Women’s round table discussion in the Multicultural Center” in March. Among other demands, the College Republicans have asked that Alabi be investigated and, if she is found to have “discriminated against students on the basis of their ideological viewpoint and party affiliation,” that she be suspended. The College Fix reports that Orange Coast College President Dennis Harkins, in an email to colleagues sent shortly after the incident, expressed concern […]

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  • More Questions than Answers in Orange Coast College Recording Scandal [UPDATED]

    February 17, 2017

    Update (Feb. 24, 2017): Orange Coast College agreed yesterday to lift student Caleb O’Neil’s suspension and will not punish professor Olga Perez Stable Cox, the Los Angeles Times reports. Today, we’re taking a close look at a story out of Orange Coast College (OCC) in California, where a student has been suspended by the college—and ordered to apologize—for recording a professor’s in-class rant in which she referred to President Donald Trump’s election as an “act of terrorism” and said the nation had been “assaulted.” The professor also noted that the hardest thing for her was knowing that “the people who made the assault […]

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  • FIRE Remembers September 11

    September 11, 2007

    Today, FIRE joins individuals across America and around the world in reflecting upon the tragic events of September 11, 2001. As university students and professors from Maine to California host commemorations today to remember those who suffered and died six years ago, we take a moment to look back at how those events played out on campus in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, and how their legacy continues to affect us today. In the wake of the tragedy, FIRE was called on to defend liberty on campus as many universities reacted to the cataclysmic circumstances with sometimes shocking limitations […]

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Coast Community College District

    June 1, 2006

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for June 2006: Coast Community College District. The Coast Community College District consists of three California community colleges with a total enrollment of more than 60,000 students: Coastline Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. You may remember that FIRE had to intervene at Orange Coast College several years ago after the college suspended a professor without any official and appropriate hearing, procedures, and proceedings, in the wake of a heated and well-publicized discussion about terrorism in one of his classes. Sadly, the disrespect for free speech extends beyond just […]

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  • FIRE Letter to Orange Coast College President Margaret Gratton, November 19, 2001

    November 19, 2001

    November 19, 2001 President Margaret Gratton Orange Coast College 2701 Fairview Rd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Dear President Gratton: Last month, FIRE wrote to you, your staff, and your Board of Trustees regarding Orange Coast Community College’s failure to defend Free Speech, academic freedom, Due Process, and Professor Kenneth Hearlson. We have yet to receive a response from the administration. We hoped that the actions taken by the administration would be as shocking to you as they were to FIRE, or, at the least, that the spirit of our October 5 letter (attached) and the gravity of the concerns raised […]

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  • FIRE Letter to Orange Coast College President Margaret Gratton, October 5, 2001

    October 5, 2001

    October 5, 2001 President Margaret Gratton Orange Coast College 2701 Fairview Rd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 RE: Professor Kenneth Hearlson Dear President Gratton: As you can see from the list of our Directors and Board of Advisors, FIRE unites leaders in the fields of civil rights and civil liberties, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, legal equality, freedom of religion, and—in the case of Professor Kenneth Hearlson—freedom of speech, due process and academic freedom on America’s college campuses. Our web page,, will give you a greater sense of our identity […]

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