University of California, Berkeley
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Ninth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau
University of California, Berkeley
Office of the Chancellor
200 California Hall #1500
Berkeley, CA 94720
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On this page, FIRE has excerpted policies that address speech and expression. You may download the full policy in .pdf form, below.
Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Code of Student Conduct: Sexual, Racial and Other Forms of Harassment (Interim) 12-13
Bear Necessities Guide: Residential Conduct Code 12-13
Verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment and/or coercion.
Gender Equity Resource Center: Sexual Harassment Info Sheet 12-13
did not consent to (hostile environment); Sexually harassing a person or group based on perceived or actual gender, sexuality, age,
disability, race, etc. (ie: a teacher telling a class that "pretty girls aren't good at science"; calling someone a lesbian because they want to play sports; a group of peers at school saying
loudly how "Latin women are always wildcats in bed", calling a man "fag" because he
doesn't play football, etc: hostile environment) ....
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Bear Necessities Guide: Respect and Civility 12-13
that all members of the campus community will work to develop and maintain
a high degree of respect and civility for the wealth of diversity in which we are
all fortunate to live and work together.
Free Speech Zones
Berkeley Campus Regulations Implementing University Policies: Areas for Public Expression 12-13
Bear Necessities Guide: Posting in University Housing 12-13
libelous, or have commercial content.
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
University of California Campus Climate 12-13
Hate Speech: Hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display that may incite violence or prejudicial action against someone based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, gender, gender identity, ethnicity ....
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 clicking "Continue".
* Report anonymously to an appropriate campus office, based on the nature of the incident. Please refer to the website for the campus where the incident occurred.
* Report anonymously via your campus' Bias Reporting page, by selecting your campus from the Local Bias Reporting menu above. If your campus does not appear on this list, there is no local reporting form available. Please use this form, instead.
* File a report with your Campus Police Department, via the Campus Police menu above.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Policy On Speech And Advocacy 12-13
expression, speech, assembly, and worship.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in January 2013. According to FIRE’s research the substantive policies are current at least until this date. Directory information, including the name of the president of the college or university, may have been updated more recently. If any policy has been revised, or if you believe that we are in error, please contact us.