University of California, San Diego
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Ninth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||Chancellor Pradeep K Khosla
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0005
La Jolla, CA 92093
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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)
Student Regulations: Use of "Fighting Words" 12-13
(2) To be subject to the policy, "fighting words" must be inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction.
(3) To be subject to the policy, "fighting words" must be directly addressed to the subject of the epithets.
(4) The policy describes as examples of "fighting words" "those terms widely recognized to be derogatory references to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, and other personal characteristics." These examples are provided for the purpose of illustration only. Derogatory references to the listed personal characteristics are not automatically fighting words under the policy if the other requirements of the definition cited above are not met. Nor does the policy limit the definition of "fighting words" to such derogatory references.
(5) The policy prohibits use of fighting words "to harass any person(s) on campus or University property..."and later provides a definition of harassment." This "harassment" requirement narrows the scope of the policy; it does not expand it. To be subject to the policy, "fighting words" must BOTH meet the policy's definition of that term and constitute harassment.
(6) The definition of "harassment" requires that the harassing conduct "interfere with the victim's ability to pursue effectively his or her education or otherwise participate fully in campus or University programs and activities." Conduct meets this standard when it causes a substantial impairment of the victim's participation in the University activities or use of University facilities.
Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination: FAQ 12-13
Sexual innuendos and other seductive behavior, including pressure for sexual activity such as repeated, unwanted requests for dates, and repeated inappropriate personal comments, staring, or touching;
Remarks of a sexual nature about a person's clothing or body;
Unwelcome and inappropriate letters, telephone calls, electronic mail, or other communications or gifts.
Conduct may violate the University Policy on Sexual Harassment only if it meets the definition set out in that Policy.
General Catalog: UC San Diego Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy 12-13
Student Conduct Code 12-13
Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience (Learn More)
The UCSD Principles of Community 12-13
*We affirm each individual's right to dignity and strive to maintain a climate of justice marked by mutual respect for each other.
* We value the cultural diversity of UCSD because it enriches our lives and the university. We celebrate this diversity and support respect for all cultures, by both individuals and the university as a whole.
* We are a university that adapts responsibly to cultural differences among the faculty, staff, students, and community.
* We acknowledge that our society carries historical and divisive biases based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs. Therefore, we seek to foster understanding and tolerance among individuals and groups, and we promote awareness through education and constructive strategies for resolving conflict.
* We reject acts of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs, and we will confront and appropriately respond to such acts.
Internet Usage Policies
Academic Computing & Media Services Acceptable Use Policies 12-13
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination: Understanding Hate and Bias 12-13
You should report bias incidents so the University can determine if policies have been violated and support persons who feel victimized.
* A public speaker who makes homophobic comments about members of the LGBT community
* Anti-Semitic flyers distributed on campus
* Sexist or racist jokes told in public
* Verbal insults directed toward a person of color
* Defaming e-mails sent to a student cultural organization
University of California Campus Climate 12-13
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, Advocacy, and Distribution of Literature on University Grounds 12-13
1. Unreasonably disrupt or interfere with university business;
2. Violate the legal rights of other persons, endanger their safety, or unreasonably disrupt, interfere,
or obstruct viewing or hearing an expressive activity of another person or group that is in
compliance with university policy;
3. Obstruct the ingress or egress to any university facility, or obstruct the use of any pedestrian
walkways, roadways, or fire lanes;
4. Unreasonably pose risk of damage to the environment (e.g., trees and other vegetation, wildlife) or
does not interfere with the orderly conduct of university operations; (ii) is not forced upon others.
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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.