University of California, Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles, California
Type: Public

Speech Code Rating

University of California, Los Angeles has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more

Due Process Rating

Sexual Misconduct

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D

Non-Sexual Misconduct

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C

  • True Bruin Respect: Report Hostile Climate Incidents

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 3, 2019

    The “True Bruin Respect” program is intended to aid the campus community and its individual members in responding to hostile climate incidents directed toward any of our members.  In this program, a “hostile climate incident” refers to demeaning, derogatory, or otherwise offensive behavior directed toward any indivi... Read More
  • UCLA Principles of Community

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 3, 2019

    We do not tolerate acts of discrimination, harassment, profiling or other conduct causing harm to individuals on the basis of expression of race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religious beliefs, political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship or national origin, among other person... Read More
  • Student Conduct Code: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 3, 2019

    Harassment is defined as conduct that is so severe and/or pervasive, and objectively offensive, and that so substantially impairs a person’s access to University programs or activities that the person is effectively denied equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities. Read More
  • University of California Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 3, 2019

    Sexual Harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably denies, adversely limits, or interferes with a person’s p... Read More
  • UCLA Regulations on Activities, Registered Campus Organizations, and Use of Properties

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 3, 2019

    GROUNDS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and midnight, paved pedestrian walkways and lawns on University property are generally open to the public, except those: 1. Within areas reserved for classes, public performances, organized activities, or special events; 2. On vehicular driveways, streets an... Read More
  • UCLA Regulations on Activities, Registered Campus Organizations, and Use of Properties

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 3, 2019

    The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is committed to assuring that all persons may exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly, and worship. 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

D
6/20
  • 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

C
10/20
  • 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
  • FIRE’s speech code ratings are just that — speech code ratings

    September 13, 2019

    From time to time, FIRE gets questions about the manner in which we assign our speech code ratings to colleges and universities. These ratings, after all, are central to our Spotlight Database, which compiles information about student speech policies at more than 450 institutions, public and private, and is relied upon by many to gauge… Read more

  • Lawsuit update: UCLA releases records about Mnuchin appearance

    April 15, 2019

    Last week, the University of California, Los Angeles finally released documents in response to a public records request about a 2018 campus speaking appearance by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin. The production comes over a year after FIRE submitted the request, but within just weeks of our filing a lawsuit to compel the… Read more

  • Society of Professional Journalists criticizes UCLA’s delay of Mnuchin records

    April 5, 2019

    Last week, FIRE sued the University of California, Los Angeles for stonewalling the release of public records that would shed light on reported efforts by Steven Mnuchin, the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, to prevent the university from releasing a video in which he was heckled by demonstrators during a campus speaking… Read more

  • UCLA diversity requirement threatens academic freedom, trust in academia

    November 9, 2018

    A recent article in Real Clear Investigations reported on a decision by the University of California, Los Angeles to require all professors applying for a tenure-track position — as well as any seeking promotion — to submit an “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” statement as part of their portfolio. Guidance from UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity,… Read more

  • As Los Angeles City Council demands cancellation of Students for Justice in Palestine conference, UCLA backs down on spurious trademark threat

    November 8, 2018

    Last week, the University of California, Los Angeles sent a cease and desist letter demanding that National Students for Justice in Palestine stop use of the name “UCLA” or an image of a bear with a kite in connection with a conference the organization is holding on UCLA’s campus. UCLA’s threat to cancel the conference,… Read more

  • UCLA Chancellor counters calls to cancel SJP convention, but trouble on the horizon

    November 2, 2018

    Next month, the University of California, Los Angeles will host a conference organized by National Students for Justice in Palestine and sponsored by the group’s UCLA chapter. The university has rightly rebuffed calls by critics of SJP to cancel the conference, most recently in a letter from the university’s chancellor to Representative Brad Sherman, a… Read more

  • Nine years later, UCLA complains — again — about online critic

    November 2, 2018

    The University of California, Los Angeles is once again insisting that it may have a trademark right against a former student’s website criticizing the university. The institution is trotting out this bogus assertion after unsuccessfully trying the same gambit back in 2009. UCLA’s misguided effort is at odds with the university’s “green light” rating from… Read more

  • FIRE raises questions about UCLA lecturer Keith Fink’s firing

    August 4, 2017

    Did in-class criticisms of administrators influence University of California, Los Angeles Interim Dean of Social Sciences Laura Gómez’s June 27 decision not to renew part-time lecturer Keith Fink’s contract? A new letter from FIRE asks UCLA for answers. Fink had contested the fairness of the “Excellence Review,” a review lecturers undergo after 18 quarters of… Read more

  • Speech Code Countdown: Most of America’s ‘Best Colleges’ Restrict Speech

    October 5, 2016

    U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual rankings of the “Best Colleges” for 2017. The rankings are based on a multitude of “indicators of academic excellence” that prospective students use to narrow down their college application lists, including graduation and retention rate, financial resources, the institution’s reputation, and student selectivity. But U.S. News’… Read more

  • The Man Behind the ‘Conspiracy’: Eugene Volokh, UCLA Law Professor (VIDEO)

    March 3, 2016

    Eugene Volokh is a computer programmer turned University of California, Los Angeles law professor and First Amendment expert. Eugene founded and writes for The Volokh Conspiracy, which has been described as “one of the Internet’s most-read legal blogs” and is now hosted by The Washington Post. Born in Kiev when it was still under Soviet… Read more

  • UCLA Law Professor Criticizes School’s New Mandatory ‘Sexual Harassment’ Reporting

    March 3, 2016

    Late last month, Professor Stephen Bainbridge of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law penned a perceptive criticism of his institution’s new mandatory sexual harassment reporting policy. Bainbridge’s concern was sparked by an email from UCLA Chancellor Gene Block (the relevant portion of which Bainbridge captured in a screenshot) informing all faculty… Read more

  • UCLA Study Shows Rise in Student Activism, Free Speech Approval Waning

    February 12, 2016

    A study released yesterday by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) indicates freshmen at American colleges are more committed to civic involvement and political activism than ever before. Marking the 50th year that the Cooperative Institutional Research Program has administered the Freshman Survey, the results show significant trends… Read more

  • ‘Single Investigator’ at UCLA Means Hearings Available Only on Appeal

    January 13, 2016

    On Monday, the Daily Bruin, a student newspaper at the University of California, Los Angeles, published an interesting interview with Kathleen Salvaty, the university’s Title IX officer, about how UCLA will incorporate new sexual misconduct procedures being implemented across the University of California system. The interview is worth a close look for students and faculty… Read more

  • College Students Should Be Scared to Celebrate Halloween

    October 30, 2015

    If you’re a college student gearing up for Halloween tomorrow, we hope you’re scared. Not of the usual frightful fare—ghosts, haunted houses, terrible people who put their babies in pumpkins—but of the fact that your costume could get you in serious trouble. If this warning sounds freakishly familiar, it is. Over the years, FIRE has… Read more

  • Party Poopers: University Administrators Chill Speech by Investigating Campus Gatherings

    October 20, 2015

    Earlier this month, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) administrators temporarily suspended a campus fraternity and sorority for hosting a “Kanye Western”-themed party before even completing an investigation into allegations that some attendees wore blackface. While no evidence that any student wore blackface has been found (several students dressed as miners, with soot-smudged cheeks and… Read more

  • Victory: Enstrom Earns Favorable Settlement in First Amendment Retaliation Case Against UCLA

    March 6, 2015

    The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) reported a significant victory for freedom of speech and academic freedom yesterday: The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has finally settled the case brought by Dr. James E. Enstrom, formerly a researcher at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, who alleged in his federal lawsuit… Read more

  • Is Protection of Dissenting Opinions Part of the Diversity Conversation at UCLA?

    October 6, 2014

    This afternoon, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is inviting students to provide input into the hiring process for a newly-created position of Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Hopefully this will lead to a broad and wide-ranging conversation that includes the fundamental importance of protecting dissenting opinions. Diversity of opinion is among… Read more

  • Why Free Speech Isn’t Conditional

    July 29, 2014

    It’s difficult to argue that free speech isn’t important. So when I explain FIRE’s mission to curious inquirers, they always seem to respond the same way—smiling, nodding, and occasionally interjecting with an “Oh, wow, that’s great!” When I began discussing some of the specific cases that FIRE has been involved in, one friend stated: “I believe in free speech, but I think that we should still fight against what we think is morally wrong.”

  • UCLA Student Judicial Board Leaves Election Coverage at Risk

    June 2, 2014

    Last month, a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) student government official successfully prevented all three candidates for student government president from appearing on a radio show produced by UCLA’s student newspaper, the Daily Bruin, by threatening sanctions should they appear. Sadly, although UCLA’s student Judicial Board ruled last week that the threat wasn’t valid, the Board failed to take action to prevent future warnings that are bound to chill speech.

  • In-Class Demonstration by UCLA Students Silences Professor

    January 22, 2014

    Earlier this month, I wrote about an in-class protest by students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in November that halted the professor’s teaching for an hour. During the demonstration, students asked the school to respond not just to racially discriminatory conduct but also to their professor’s alleged “microaggressions,” which researchers have defined as “subtle verbal and… Read more

  • Trial Date Set for Whistleblowing Professor’s Retaliation Lawsuit Against UCLA

    January 15, 2014

    Last March, Dr. James E. Enstrom won an encouraging victory in court when United States District Judge Jesus G. Bernal refused to dismiss some of his First Amendment claims against various University of California, Los Angeles and University of California system administrators and granted him leave to amend the remaining defective claims. Professor Enstrom has since filed a revised… Read more

  • UCLA Report Suggests Chilling Speech Is the Answer to Offensive ‘Microaggressions’

    January 8, 2014

    Last November, 25 students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) staged a demonstration during a class taught by Professor Val Rust. The protesting students claim Rust contributed to an environment that is hostile to students of color through “microaggressions.” According to researchers who studied the racial climate at the University of California, microaggressions (PDF) are “subtle verbal… Read more

  • Encouraging Ruling in Whistleblowing Scientist’s Suit Against UCLA

    March 26, 2013

    After 35 years of employment, and many years of disagreement over research on air pollution and its implications for environmental regulations, Dr. James E. Enstrom, assisted by the American Center for Law and Justice, filed a federal lawsuit against various University of California and UCLA administrators in June 2012. Enstrom’s complaint alleged that UCLA had… Read more

  • Whistleblowing UCLA Prof in Court Today to Defend His Job

    March 18, 2013

    As Leslie Eastman of Legal Insurrection reminds readers, today is UCLA professor Jim Enstrom’s first day in court over UCLA’s attempts to dismiss him after he engaged in successful whistleblowing against a member of his department and a government scientist. Enstrom came to FIRE for help in 2010 when the university first moved to terminate his employment. While, with FIRE’s… Read more

  • UCLA Drops a Speech Code

    July 3, 2012

    When students return to the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) this fall, they’ll have one less policy restricting their First Amendment rights to worry about. That’s because UCLA has revised an unconstitutional posting policy after receiving a warning letter (PDF) from the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF). Before ADF’s involvement, UCLA’s policy (.doc) prohibited registered student… Read more

  • Two Years Later, Nobody at UCLA Has Evaluated Enstrom’s Free Speech Claims

    June 18, 2012

    Last week, FIRE reported on the federal lawsuit just filed by UCLA professor and researcher James E. Enstrom, who sued UCLA in order to keep his job after exhausting all internal remedies at the university. As the documentation of his case shows, and as his lawsuit reiterates, UCLA came up with a bunch of shifting… Read more

  • UCLA Professor’s Lawsuit Catches Fire in National Media

    June 15, 2012

    Dr. James E. Enstrom’s lawsuit against the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), which alleges that the university’s refusal to rehire him after a 35-year career constituted a breach of his protected expression, has made headlines across the country. FIRE had been working with Enstrom for years to ensure that his disagreement over research on… Read more

  • UCLA: When Caught, Just Lie About Stuff

    June 15, 2012

    Those who follow FIRE and The Torch know that FIRE tends to treat the horrendous abuses ladled out upon the students and professors that we help with a certain amount of equanimity. That’s nearly always appropriate if you want people to take you seriously, and it’s certainly the professional way to deal with things, in… Read more

  • Whistleblowing Scientist Who Challenged Environmental Regulation Sues UCLA

    June 14, 2012

    Here’s today’s press release:  LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2012—After 35 years at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. James E. Enstrom is suing UCLA to keep his job. Following many years of disagreement over research on air pollution and its implications for environmental regulations, UCLA finally refused to reappoint Enstrom after he engaged in… Read more

  • Whistleblowing Scientist Who Challenged Environmental Regulation Sues UCLA

    June 14, 2012

    LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2012—After 35 years at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. James E. Enstrom is suing UCLA to keep his job. Following many years of disagreement over research on air pollution and its implications for environmental regulations, UCLA finally refused to reappoint Enstrom after he engaged in successful whistleblowing against a… Read more

  • Clock Ticking for Whistleblower Professor at UCLA

    June 8, 2012

    After 35 years at UCLA, environmental health sciences professor and researcher James Enstrom is scheduled to lose his job in a few weeks. Enstrom was first let go from UCLA after he blew the whistle on a California Air Resources Board (CARB) researcher’s fake Ph.D., challenged the science behind environmental regulations involving air pollution in… Read more

  • UCLA Professor’s Link to Boycott Website Sparks Controversy

    April 26, 2012

    University of California, Los Angeles, associate professor David Shorter’s link to a website supporting a boycott of Israel has sparked controversy over academic freedom. The Daily Bruin has the basic facts:  David Shorter, an associate professor of world arts and cultures, was the subject of a late March complaint from an organization of University of… Read more

  • February Student Spotlight: Austin Ford (University of California, Los Angeles ’12)

    February 24, 2012

    Each month, the CFN Student Spotlight features a student member who is working to promote individual rights on his or her campus. For February, I am pleased to announce that our featured student is Austin Ford of the University of California, Los Angeles ’12. In his time at UCLA, Austin has done significant work to… Read more

  • UCLA Urged to Prioritize Academic Freedom in Search for Public Health Dean

    January 10, 2012

    At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health (SPH), a search is underway for a new dean to lead the school. Of the many important qualities UCLA will be considering as it assesses potential candidates, it is respect for academic freedom that will ensure the best environment for innovative research the… Read more

  • Academic Freedom and Scientific Integrity in Jeopardy at UCLA: New Document Posted

    December 30, 2011

    FIRE has just posted a letter from the Academic Freedom Committee at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block. In the letter, the members of the committee express "unanimous concern that the decision by the School of Public Health not to re-appoint James Enstrom, Ph.D. in the Professional Research… Read more

  • University of California Schools Flout Student Speech Rights

    November 29, 2011

    While some University of California schools are facing scrutiny due to their handling of students’ exercises of free speech and civil disobedience, others in the system have unfinished business protecting students’ free speech rights in their policies. All eight of the UC universities reviewed by FIRE have “red light” or “yellow light” ratings for restricting campus… Read more

  • Whistleblowing UCLA Professor Wins One More Year

    September 6, 2011

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Professor James Enstrom, whose department had tried to get rid of him for not fitting the department’s "mission," has been granted an additional year of employment at UCLA, FIRE has learned. Dr. Enstrom had engaged in successful whistleblowing against a prominent member of his department, and there had been… Read more

  • More Support for Whistleblowing UCLA Professor; Enstrom Case Becomes Class Assignment

    August 16, 2011

    I have been impressed by the amount of concern and support expressed in the case of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) professor James Enstrom, who has been fighting for his job (with FIRE’s help) for more than a year. Dr. Enstrom, an environmental health sciences professor who has been at UCLA for 35 years,… Read more

  • Whistleblowing UCLA Professor Now Represented by American Center for Law & Justice

    June 2, 2011

    UCLA environmental health sciences professor and researcher James Enstrom, who was let go from UCLA after 34 years once he blew the whistle on a researcher’s fake Ph.D. and other issues involving the California Air Resources Board, is now being represented by former FIRE President David French at the American Center for Law & Justice. This important development in the… Read more

  • National Attention to UCLA Whistleblowing Scandal from Cato’s Ilya Shapiro

    April 25, 2011

    Over at the Cato @ Liberty blog, Ilya Shapiro has brought even more attention to the whistleblowing scandal at UCLA, which FIRE has been covering here. Shapiro, who is a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies for the Cato Institute and also the Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, writes: This month, UCLA’s James Enstrom… Read more

  • ‘Daily Bruin’ Columnist: Stop Asking UCLA to Apologize for the Speech of Others

    April 25, 2011

    As readers are likely aware, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has been a hotbed of First Amendment discussion lately. Most recently, some students were upset when the dean of UCLA’s law school "merely" reiterated that a professor’s blog post—seen as offensive by some—contained his own views, and not those of the university. Those… Read more

  • This Week in the News: Whistleblowing UCLA Professor Still Making Headlines and Hamilton College Wins Muzzle Award

    April 15, 2011

    UCLA’s gross violation of the rights of Dr. Enstrom, the whisteblowing professor fighting for his job after being told he did not fit his department’s "mission," continued to elicit outrage in the media this week. Debra Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle published both a column (reprinted in Townhall.com) and a shorter blog post (containing… Read more

  • Please Read: Help FIRE Support Professor James Enstrom

    April 13, 2011

    Late last week, I sent a letter to FIRE’s supporters via U.S. mail requesting their help. It’s not often that a case is so egregious and has such wide-reaching negative consequences that FIRE asks for immediate resources to help us take action. Yet, that is exactly what we are facing in California, where scientists across… Read more

  • ‘San Francisco Chronicle’ and Others Criticize UCLA’s Treatment of Whistleblowing Professor

    April 12, 2011

    Torch readers by now may be quite familiar with the story of Dr. James Enstrom, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) scientist and professor who is fighting for his job after being told he did not fit his department’s "mission," in retaliation for critiquing some of the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) scientific findings,… Read more

  • This Week in the News: Hearings Begin for Whistleblowing UCLA Professor

    April 8, 2011

    Hearings for University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) professor and scientist James Enstrom began on Monday of this week. Torch readers will remember that Dr. Enstrom is fighting for his job after UCLA retaliated against him for his exposure of a California Air Resources Board (CARB) scientist with a fake Ph.D. as well as other… Read more

  • Media Outrage Building over Whistleblowing UCLA Professor’s Case

    April 5, 2011

    Hearings for University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) professor and scientist James Enstrom began yesterday. Dr. Enstrom is fighting for his job after UCLA retaliated against him for his exposure of a California Air Resources Board (CARB) scientist with a fake Ph.D. as well as other staffing irregularities, and for Enstrom’s scientific critique of findings… Read more

  • Take Action to Preserve Academic Freedom at UCLA

    April 4, 2011

    Click here to write UCLA Chancellor Gene Block about the threat to academic freedom posed by UCLA’s treatment of Dr. James Enstrom.  

  • FIRE in the News: Adam Tours the Sunshine State and American University Refuses Intrusive DOJ Grant

    April 4, 2011

    Adam has been very busy the last two weeks delivering speeches at six Florida universities. In anticipation of Adam’s lecture on Monday at the University of Central Florida (UCF), KnightNews.com, an independent news source serving the UCF area, published an editorial strongly encouraging students to attend the talk and expressing its support of "every citizen’s… Read more

  • 12 California State Legislators Write UCLA, Decrying Retaliation Case

    April 1, 2011

    Twelve members of the California State Legislature have written UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block and Provost Scott Waugh a letter decrying UCLA’s treatment of longtime Department of Environmental Health Sciences faculty member James E. Enstrom. Professor Enstrom was let go from UCLA after some 34 years under circumstances detailed by FIRE and described in a video released yesterday from Reason.tv. Led by… Read more

  • ‘Swallowing Some Horse Pills For Liberty’

    April 1, 2011

    Over at the John Locke Foundation’s Carolina Journal Online, Donna Martinez reminds readers, with the help of FIRE President Greg Lukianoff, that even speech with which one disagrees can be an integral part of discourse, as the cases of Alexandra Wallace and Snyder v. Phelps remind us.

  • Greg in ‘LA Times’ on UCLA Student Video Case and the Role of Social Media in Combating Controversial Speech

    March 28, 2011

    Controversy struck the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) this month when student Alexandra Wallace posted a YouTube video in which she complained about the behavior of Asian students in the campus library. Fortunately, instead of punishing her for her protected expression, which happens too often at our colleges and universities, UCLA ultimately (after some initial hiccoughs)… Read more

  • UCLA Student Will Not Be Punished for YouTube Rant; Announces She Will Leave UCLA Following Threats

    March 21, 2011

    LOS ANGELES, Mar. 21, 2011—In a victory for the First Amendment, officials at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) announced late on Friday, March 18, that UCLA had dropped its disciplinary investigation of student Alexandra Wallace’s “Asians in the Library” YouTube video. Following UCLA’s announcement, however, Wallace released a statement apologizing and indicating that she was leaving UCLA… Read more

  • Breaking News: UCLA Will Not Punish Student for Video

    March 18, 2011

    The Los Angeles Times reports that University of California, Los Angeles, will not punish student Alexandra Wallace for her "Asians in the Library" YouTube video: "While we were appalled and offended by the sentiments expressed in the video, we have uncovered no facts to lead us to believe the student code of conduct was violated…. Read more

  • This Week in the News: UCLA Launches, Ends Harassment Investigation of ‘Asians in the Library’ YouTube Video

    March 18, 2011

    It’s no mystery that the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has been a major source of campus free speech news this week. Student Alexandra Wallace was put under investigation for harassment after she took to YouTube to complain about the behavior of Asian students in the campus library where she studies—a video that has now generated… Read more

  • ‘New York Times’ Editorial Board: Campus Free Speech Crucial for Education, Democracy

    March 18, 2011

    In an eloquent articulation of the importance of free expression on college campuses, The New York Times published an editorial today arguing that UCLA student Alexandra Wallace should not be disciplined for harassment as a result of her "Asians in the Library" video. The editorial argues that although Wallace’s speech was racist and should be criticized,… Read more

  • Alexandra Wallace apologizes, announces she will no longer attend UCLA

    March 18, 2011

    Alexandra Wallace announced she will no longer be attending UCLA in an apology letter released to the Daily Bruin on Friday. Wallace, the creator of the “Asians in the Library” video that went viral last Sunday, released a statement through a spokesman for the Wallace family. The letter comes the day UCLA announced that it… Read more

  • The Power of Parody and Counter-Speech: Student Reaction to Alexandra Wallace’s Rant Video

    March 16, 2011

    In the wake of the controversy surrounding the "Asians in the Library" video posted recently by UCLA student Alexandra Wallace, students and others have begun posting parodies—and they’ve quickly become hugely popular. Indeed, Wallace’s video rant, which contains entirely protected speech, has unleashed a torrent of creativity aimed at debunking stereotypes of Asians, rebutting Wallace,… Read more

  • Why Doesn’t FIRE Condemn This Viewpoint I Hate?

    March 16, 2011

    I’d like to take some time once again to address a criticism that FIRE sometimes receives: that we don’t denounce the actual viewpoint of speech that people find to be offensive, racist, sexist, etc., with sufficient vehemence while we’re in the process of defending the fundamental right of Americans to say such things. That suggestion… Read more

  • Eugene Volokh on UCLA Video: Moronic, but Protected

    March 16, 2011

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law professor and noted First Amendment scholar Eugene Volokh has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the "Asians in the Library" YouTube video recently posted by UCLA student Alexandra Wallace. Citing both FIRE’s letter to UCLA and Robert’s blog post on the subject, Volokh concludes that Wallace’s… Read more

  • UCLA Administrator Equates Offensive Speech, Death Threats

    March 16, 2011

    The UCLA student who posted the "Asians in the Library" video has apparently received death threats. If you want to understand what FIRE is up against when fighting censorship on campus, look no further than the response of UCLA Dean of Students Robert Naples to those threats. As our Robert Shibley noted yesterday, Naples told… Read more

  • FIRE Intervenes in UCLA ‘Asians in the Library’ Case

    March 15, 2011

    FIRE has sent a letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block urging him to bring a quick end to UCLA’s disciplinary investigation of a student who posted a controversial video titled "Asians in the Library."

  • UCLA Student’s ‘Asians in the Library’ Video Not Discriminatory Harassment

    March 15, 2011

    For the last couple of days, controversy has been buzzing about a YouTube video (now with more than 4 million views) from a college student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who chose to take to the Internet to complain about the behavior of Asian students in the UCLA library and elsewhere. The… Read more

  • Environmental Health Sciences Professor Still Fighting for His Job at UCLA

    March 14, 2011

    FIRE began reporting last September on the case of Dr. James Enstrom, an environmental health sciences professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who has worked at UCLA as a researcher and professor since 1976. UCLA refused to reappoint him, stating that his controversial research failed to accord with the department’s "mission." In reality,… Read more

  • UPDATED: Viral YouTube video called “repugnant” by UCLA administration

    March 13, 2011

    [UPDATED at 10:55 p.m.: Read the Daily Bruin’s full story here. The story can be found in papers available on stands Tuesday morning.] [UPDATED at 3:20 p.m.: The university has confirmed that the person in the video “Asians in the Library” is Alexandra Wallace, a student at UCLA, said Robert Naples, associate vice chancellor and… Read more

  • Did Someone Lie to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block?

    October 1, 2010

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Chancellor Gene D. Block has responded to FIRE’s August 26, 2010, letter in the matter of Associate Resident Professor James Enstrom. All signs are that UCLA retaliated against Dr. Enstrom’s activism and research in the area of environmental health. Our letter explained that the faculty members in his department… Read more

  • ‘California Watch’ on Non-Rehire Case at UCLA

    September 7, 2010

    Erica Perez, Higher Education Reporter for California Watch, has drawn further attention to the case of UCLA faculty member James Enstrom, who has faced retaliation at UCLA because of his research and activism in the area of air pollution research. FIRE reported on his case last week after UCLA gave Dr. Enstrom an eight-month reprieve… Read more

  • In Reversal, UCLA Temporarily Halts Retaliation Against Whistleblowing Professor

    September 2, 2010

    Today’s press release announces that the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has temporarily halted its violations of the free expression rights of Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) faculty member Dr. James Enstrom. The faculty of EHS refused to reappoint Enstrom after he engaged in successful whistleblowing against a member of the department–and after… Read more

  • FIRE Celebrates Our 155th Victory for Rights on Campus

    September 9, 2009

    FIRE is proud to announce that we’ve achieved our 155th public victory for student and faculty rights on campus! FIRE’s recent dual victories at UCLA and Santa Rosa Junior College—both in cases where the school had attempted to unconstitutionally ban the use of its initials on the Internet—brought us to this stunning total. (We’re so… Read more

  • Rights in the News: Victory at UCLA Helps FIRE Blaze Trail Into New School Year

    August 21, 2009

    It’s nice every time you can take a case public on a Thursday and declare victory by lunchtime on Friday. This was FIRE’s good fortune this week after we issued a press release yesterday concerning UCLA’s threats against former graduate student Tom Wilde, who maintained a private website that was critical of what he called… Read more

  • Victory for Free Expression: UCLA Drops Unconstitutional Threats Against Internet Speech; Online Speech Still Threatened at Santa Rosa Junior College

    August 21, 2009

    Within hours of FIRE’s press release yesterday afternoon, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) had withdrawn its unconstitutional demand that a former student take down a website criticizing the university. UCLA had demanded that Tom Wilde shut down his private, non-commercial website, ucla–weeding101.info, by last Monday. In her August 6 letter demanding that Wilde shut… Read more

  • Victory for Free Expression: UCLA Drops Unconstitutional Threats Against Internet Speech; Online Speech Still Threatened at Santa Rosa Junior College

    August 21, 2009

    LOS ANGELES, August 21, 2009—The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has withdrawn its unconstitutional demand that a former student take down a website criticizing the university. UCLA had demanded that Tom Wilde shut down his private, non-commercial website, ucla–weeding101.info, by last Monday. Wilde turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for… Read more

  • Online Speech Threatened at UCLA and Santa Rosa Junior College

    August 20, 2009

    As our press release today notes, yet another California institution has abused the California Education Code for the purposes of shutting down a private website. This time, the culprit is the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), which has unconstitutionally ordered former student Tom Wilde to take down his private, non-commercial website or else face… Read more

  • Online Speech Threatened at UCLA and Santa Rosa Junior College

    August 20, 2009

    LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2009—The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has unconstitutionally ordered a former student to take down a website criticizing UCLA or else face criminal and civil action. Tom Wilde’s private, non-commercial website is located at ucla-weeding101.info. After UCLA demanded he take down his site by this past Monday, Wilde, who has… Read more

  • UCLA Student Permitted to Refer to Jesus in Graduation Statement

    June 10, 2009

    The AP reported yesterday that the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has backed away from its earlier decision to forbid a student from referring to Jesus in a personal statement to be read during her departmental graduation. As the article reported: Student Christina Popa’s statement read, in part, "I want to thank my Lord… Read more

  • Four FIRE Cases on Security Fees Top Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle

    March 31, 2009

    Page A-1 of Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle features four of FIRE’s cases on unacceptably high security fees for controversial speakers. In each case, the potential reaction of the audience was used to assess security fees and charge them to the host. But as the Supreme Court wrote in Forsyth County v. Nationalist Movement (1992), “Speech… Read more

  • The State of Free Speech on Campus: UCLA

    January 12, 2009

    Over the next six months, FIRE will be exposing the speech codes silencing students at America’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Although students from around the world compete intensively for the opportunity to live and learn at these institutions, most maintain policies that violate students’ fundamental rights to freedom of expression and freedom of conscience…. Read more

  • John Leo on Censorship Tactics in ‘The New York Sun’

    May 3, 2007

    Yesterday’s issue of The New York Sun includes a very telling opinion piece by John Leo that looks at the ploys used by university administrators in their efforts to stifle student speech. “It’s not news that the modern university is censorship-prone, particularly when conservatives wish to speak, but the tactics of the censors keep changing,”… Read more

  • Victory for Open Expression at UCLA, but Questions about New Policy Remain

    March 29, 2007

    FIRE announces today that UCLA has abandoned its requirement that student organizations pay prohibitively large sums of money for heightened security at events that might spark controversy on campus.   UCLA’s Objectivist group Liberty, Objectivity, Greed, Individualism, Capitalism (L.O.G.I.C.) attempted to host a debate on immigration in early February between open immigration advocate Yaron Brook,… Read more

  • Victory for Free Speech at UCLA

    March 29, 2007

    LOS ANGELES, March 29, 2007—The University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) has reversed a decision that forced a student organization to cancel an immigration debate in response to threatened protests. UCLA had planned to charge the student group sponsoring the debate up to $15,000 in security costs after other students threatened to protest the debate. Unable… Read more

  • UCLA Fears Protest, Shuts Down Immigration Debate

    February 13, 2007

    Last Tuesday, February 6, a UCLA student group called Liberty, Objectivity, Greed, Individualism, Capitalism (LOGIC) planned to sponsor a debate on immigration between Carl Braun, Executive Director of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps of California, and Yaron Brook, Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute and advocate for open immigration. LOGIC’s goal was to host… Read more

  • Silence Speaks Volumes at NYU

    May 24, 2006

    New York University prides itself on being a “private university in the public service,” but talk is cheap—that is, when it isn’t silenced altogether. Despite the lofty aspirations of the school’s motto, in late March NYU decided that certain types of speech on campus just aren’t entitled to the core First Amendment protections relied upon… Read more