University of California, Santa Barbara
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Ninth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||Chancellor Henry T Yang
University of California, Santa Barbara
Office of the Chancellor
5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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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)
UCSB Kiosk: Campus Safety- Sexual Harassment 13-14
- personal jokes or negative comments about you personally or about you as a female or male (gender harassment) ....
UCSB Residence Hall Policies: Harassment 13-14
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.
Campus Regulations: Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline 13-14
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 on the basis of his or her race, color, national or ethnic origin, alienage, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veterans status, physical or mental disability, or perceived membership in any of these classifications.
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
UCSB Kiosk: A Statement of Campus Standards 13-14
UCSB Residence Hall Policies: Community Accountability 13-14
Free Speech Zones
Campus Regulations: Speech and Advocacy 13-14
For the purpose of these regulations, "grounds open to the public generally" are defined as the outdoor areas of the campus (lawns, patios, plazas) that are adjacent to campus buildings and parking lots.
In the event that the architecture of a building includes entrances with stairs or landings, no distribution may take place on the stairs or landings. (This restriction applies to both landings in front of the main entrance to the Library.)
All activity in these areas must be conducted in such a way that traffic is not impeded and the normal activities in classrooms and offices are not disrupted.
Tables or moveable stands may not be placed in areas where passages to any entrance or walkways are blocked, where the free flow of pedestrian traffic is restricted, or where emergency fire lanes are blocked.
In order to facilitate ingress and egress, all activity must be conducted 25 feet or more from any entrance/exit, parking lot, staircase, landing or roadway.
Fixed tables in the area in front of the University Center are accessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Groups using moveable tables or stands at any location on the campus must have the prior approval of the Office of Student Life and comply with number 3 above.
No flyers, announcements or literature of any kind may be placed on automobiles (e.g., under the windshield wipers) on University property.
Organizations/persons are prohibited from leaving flyers, announcements or literature of any kind unattended on campus grounds or in classrooms. That is, literature may be handed to interested persons or posted appropriately in designated areas for their information, but it may not simply be left for others to pick up. (See Appendix D for non-affiliate rules.)
Any person or organization wishing to regularly distribute publications must notify the Office of Student Life regarding distribution and litter control plans.
All publications distributed within or in front of the on-campus residence halls and dining commons must be approved by the Residence Hall Association or its designee.
Flyers, announcements or literature of registered campus organizations may be distributed through departmental mail boxes as long as the method of distribution is in keeping with departmental policy or applicable University policies. All inquiries regarding the appropriateness of distribution will be referred to the department chairperson or manager for resolution
UCSB Residence Hall Policies: Posting and Distribution 13-14
on room/suite, hallway, or floor lounge windows is prohibited. Any signs or objects
deemed offensive may be removed.
Internet Usage Policies
U-Mail Acceptable Use Policy 13-14
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
University of California Campus Climate 13-14
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.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in September 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.