University of California, Santa Barbara

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating
University of California, Santa Barbara 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
Due Process Rating

Sexual Misconduct

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D

Non-Sexual Misconduct

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C
  • UCSB Residence Hall Policies: Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    Verbal and nonverbal harassment made directly or indirectly (via email, social networking sites, written messages, etc.) is not tolerated. This includes threats, malicious pranks, abusive name-calling, prank phone calls racial, gender, or sexual orientation harassment. Read More
  • University of California Campus Climate

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    If you experience or observe behavior that is inconsistent with our Principles of Community, please report it. You may report in a variety of ways: *Report anonymously or by name, via this Campus Climate page, by selecting the University of California campus where the incident occurred from the list to the right and... Read More
  • UCSB Residence Hall Policies: Posting and Distribution

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    All postings must be approved by the Resident Director or Assistant Resident Director of the building. Posting materials on room/suite, hallway, or floor lounge windows is prohibited. Any signs or objects deemed offensive may require removal. Read More
  • UCSB Housing: Bias Repsonse

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    Residential & Community Living values diversity and inclusivity and will work to promptly address acts of bias and harassment directed at any individual or group in our residential communities; such acts are unacceptable in our residential community. These acts are considered violations of the Residential & ... Read More
  • U-Mail Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    USER shall not use THE SERVICE to commit any nuisance, annoy, molest, defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others. Read More
  • UCSB Student Conduct Code: Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    Harassment, 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
  • Campus Regulations: Speech and Advocacy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    On University grounds generally open to the public, all persons may exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly, worship and distribution of literature incidental to the exercise of these freedoms; however, these activities must not interfere with the orderly operation of the ... Read More
  • University of California Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 18, 2018

    Sexual Harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Hostile Environment: such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it unreasonably denies, adversely limits, or interferes with a pe... 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
9/20
  • 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