University of California-Merced
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Ninth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||Chancellor Dorothy Leland
University of California-Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
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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 Code of Conduct: Harassment 12-13
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 Restricting Freedom of Conscience (Learn More)
UC Merced's Principles of Community 12-13
will emulate these fundamental principles as individuals and as a community. ... We are a community comprised of individuals with multiple cultures, lifestyles and
beliefs. We celebrate this diversity for the breadth of ideas and perspectives it brings. ... We encourage health and wellness and strive to develop a sense of environmental
responsibility and stewardship among all the members of our community. ... We respect, support and value the civil and respectful expression of individual beliefs
Free Speech Zones
Student Handbook: Campus Activities- Speech and Advocacy 12-13
constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly, worship and
distribution of literature incidental to the exercise of these freedoms; however, these
activities must not interfere with the orderly operation of the campus and must be
conducted in accordance with the campus time, place and manner regulations. ... 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.
Internet Usage Policies
Acceptable Use Policy 12-13
activities that violate University policy, including fraudulent, libelous, slanderous, harassing,
threatening, or other communications.
resources in a manner that creates a hostile working environment or learning environment (including
sexual or other forms of harassment), or that violates obscenity laws.
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
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.
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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.