University of California at Los Angeles – Office of the Dean of Students – Official Notice Regarding Student Policies – Grounds for Discipline – Use of Fighting Words

By August 28, 2013

102.00 Grounds for Discipline

Chancellors may impose discipline for violation of, or an attempt to violate, any University policies or campus regulations. Violations or attempted violations include, but are not limited to, the following types of misconduct:

102.11 The use of ‘fighting words’ by students to harass any person(s) on University property, on other property to which these policies apply as defined in campus implementing regulations, or in connection with official University functions or University-sponsored programs.

‘Fighting words’ are those personally abusive epithets which, when directly addressed to any ordinary person are, in the context used and as a matter of common knowledge, inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction whether or not they actually do so. Such words include, but are not limited to, those terms widely recognized to be derogatory references to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, and other personal characteristics. ‘Fighting words’ constitute ‘harassment’ when the circumstances of their utterance create a hostile and intimidating environment which the student uttering them should reasonably know will interfere with the victim’s ability to pursue effectively his or her education or otherwise to participate fully in University programs and activities.