Pepperdine University

Location: Malibu, California
Type: Private

Speech Code Rating

Pepperdine University has been given the speech code rating Warning. FIRE provides a "Warning" rating to prospective students and faculty members when a private university clearly and consistently states that it holds a certain set of values above a commitment to freedom of speech. Read more

Due Process Rating

Sexual Misconduct

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F

Non-Sexual Misconduct

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D

  • Student Organizations Handbook: Standards of Conduct for Events

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: September 5, 2018

    Pepperdine is a Christian University. As such, all events, programs, and performances must be suitable for family audiences. All participants, whether internal (students) or external (vendors, artists, and producers), shall perform and/or conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the standards of th... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- General Conduct Expectations

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 5, 2018

    In keeping with Pepperdine University’s Christian mission and its heritage in Churches of Christ, all members of the University community are encouraged to respect the teachings of Jesus and historic, biblical Christianity. It is expected that all students will adhere to biblical teaching regarding moral and ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Misconduct Subject to Disciplinary Action

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 5, 2018

    Actions or communications, whether they are online or in-person, that constitute disrespect, harassment, retaliation, the use or threat of physical violence, intimidation, stalking or hate violence directed toward a member of the Pepperdine faculty, staff, student body, toward a visitor to the campus or toward a mem... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Housing and Residence Life – Décor

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 5, 2018

    It is a violation to exhibit material or representations deemed to be obscene or contrary to the mission or the moral standards of the University, including, but not limited to, pornography. It is a violation to display alcohol containers or drug-related paraphernalia on University property. Read More
  • A Place of Faith

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 5, 2018

    The heritage of Churches of Christ has valued both free inquiry and an ecumenical spirit. This tradition—at its best—can sustain both openness to new and different ideas and the kind of diversity that Pepperdine seeks to nurture. This atmosphere, in which students are encouraged to explore faith and scholarship, is ... Read More

Policies are rated on their inclusion of 10 due process safeguards. Each policy may receive 2 points for fully including that safeguard, 1 point for partial inclusion, and 0 points for no meaningful inclusion. Most, but not all, institutions have separate policies for sexual misconduct and all other misconduct. See FIRE’s Spotlight on Due Process report for more information.

Grades

Sexual Misconduct

F
4/20
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous

Non-Sexual Misconduct

D
5/20
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous
  • Student Newspaper Thieves Don’t Appreciate Value of Journalism or the ‘Streisand Effect’

    October 10, 2014

    Disappointingly, in just the past two weeks FIRE has learned from the Student Press Law Center’s (SPLC’s) website about three incidents of people stealing student newspapers on college campuses in apparent attempts to censor specific stories. In alarmingly short order, hundreds of copies of the student newspapers at Pepperdine University, Iowa State University, and Elmhurst… Read more

  • Celebrating Constitution Day: Towards a More Perfect Union

    September 17, 2010

    My Constitution Day started out great. I watched the Schoolhouse Rock "Preamble" song a few times to get into the Constitutional spirit (until I thought Peter would send a cease-and-desist letter from his office next door). The wise and catchy Schoolhouse Rock gang tells us the brief history of the Constitution. But the real story… Read more