Sonoma State University

Location: Rohnert Park, California
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Sonoma 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
  • Gender Resources: Bias Response

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: April 27, 2020

    You may be wondering, what is bias?  A bias incident is an act of bigotry, harassment, intimidation, coercion, or damage to property by known or unknown perpetrators that occurs on Sonoma State University’s campus or within an area that impacts the SSU community and that one could reasonably conclude is directed at ... Read More
  • Standards for Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 27, 2020

    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 Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 27, 2020

    Misuse of computer facilities or resources, including: … Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or intimidating and abusive messages. Read More
  • Executive Order 1097: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students and Systemwide Procedure for Handling Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints by Students

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 27, 2020

    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
  • Residential Education and Campus Housing: Regulations, Guidelines, & Conduct Process

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 27, 2020

    Any threat or action of physical, emotional, or verbal harm in any form (including, but not limited to online postings, written statements, verbal interactions, assault/battery, physical fights, malicious pranks, etc.) to any community member or guest is prohibited. … The placing of telephone calls, emails, te... Read More
  • Time, Place and Manner (Interim): G. Posting and Chalking

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 28, 2020

    4. Manner: Only organizations currently chartered with the Division of Student Affairs, committees, colleges and departments are allowed to publicize on campus providing they comply with the procedures established by the Division of Student Affairs. A SSU ID card, along with the telephone and/or email of the contact... Read More
  • Statement on Civility and Tolerance

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 27, 2020

    We expect that all members of the SSU community will: • Communicate with each other in a civil manner • Recognize and be accountable for how their actions and language impact the community • Treat community members with consideration, dignity, and respect • Create a community in which actions of bigotry, oppression,... Read More
  • Time, Place and Manner (Interim): A. Freedom of Expression Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 28, 2020

    Sonoma State University believes that the search for knowledge requires the freedom to speak openly about concerns and issues. All students and employees of Sonoma State University and members of the public are free to lawfully exercise their constitutional right to freedom of expression on university property. Free... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.