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)
Student Handbook: Citizenship- Campus Safety- Sexual Harassment 12-13
- personal jokes or negative comments about you personally or about you as a female or male (gender harassment) ....
UCSB Residence Hall Policies: Harassment 12-13
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 12-13
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
UCSB Residence Hall Policies: Staff Direction 12-13
members. Not answering doors, being uncooperative or verbally abusive, failing to provide
information, providing false information, or interfering with staff is prohibited.
Student Handbook: A Statement of Campus Standards 12-13
Office of Residence Life: Community Living Philosophy 12-13
must understand that we will not tolerate any form of bigotry, threats,
intimidation, violence, or other forms of harassment against any member
of our community. In addition, we will not accept ignorance, humor,
anger, alcohol or substance abuse as an excuse, reason, or rationale for
such behavior. The disciplinary action that will follow such behavior may
include, but is not limited to, immediate removal from the residence
halls, exclusion from the activities of UC Santa Barbara, and/or legal
Free Speech Zones
Campus Regulations: Use of University Facilities 12-13
Faculty Club Green, Student Affairs/Administrative Services Building Courtyard, and the Campbell Hall Plaza: All requests will be submitted to the Campus Scheduling Office. All space assignments will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Storke Plaza: All requests will be submitted to the Campus Scheduling Office. All space assignments will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Each campus organization/department may request the plaza for three special events (i.e., speaker, cultural week, one-day rally, performing artist) each quarter as far in advance as desired. A series (related events throughout the quarter) is not defined as a special event. Thereafter, all additional requests may be scheduled no more than three weeks prior to the event.
Arbor Mall: Two types of activities can occur in the Arbor Mall.
Individual students, faculty, and staff and recognized campus organizations may use the tables in the Arbor Mall on a first-come, first-served basis for display and distribution of information and informal gatherings. The displays must fit on the table(s) provided. Free-standing displays must be approved by the Office of Student Life. Such approval will be based on safety issues, such as size of the sign, ability of the stand to withstand wind, location in relation to the fire lane, etc. Non-campus-affiliated individuals and groups may also exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly, worship and distribution of literature incidental to the exercise of these freedoms. Use by campus-affiliated individuals and groups will be given priority. Additionally, any non-campus-affiliated individual or group wishing to place a free-standing display must have that display approved in advance by the Office of Student Life and will be judged on the same criteria as stated above.
The second type of activity allowed in this area is scheduled events. These events will be limited to information fairs that can include booths, tables, or large displays. All requests for such events will be submitted to the Campus Scheduling Office. All space assignments will be processed on a first-come, first- served basis. These events may NOT include any form of sound amplification or drumming.
Campus Green: All requests will be submitted to the Campus Scheduling Office. All space assignments will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
UCSB Residence Hall Policies: Posting and Distribution 12-13
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 Policies 12-13
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Hate Crimes and Incidents at UCSB 12-13
age, disability, or position in a labor dispute, and the victim is made aware that her/his status is offensive to another. The difference between a hate incident and a hate crime is that a hate incident is not a criminal act. Examples of hate incidents include:
* Offensive materials such as hate flyers placed in mailboxes or thrown on lawns.
* Hate materials, not resulting in property damage, such as demeaning caricatures depicting a certain group.
* Hate graffiti in public places not directed against a specific target such as an epithet on a vacant building.
... If you are the victim of a hate crime or incident, the Assistant Judicial Affairs Coordinator will present you with a variety of options over which you will have decision-making authority.
and submitted via campus or US Mail, or via email to the Assistant Judicial Affairs Coordinator.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Campus Regulations: Policy on Speech and Advocacy 12-13
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in September 2012. 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.