When a private university states clearly that it holds a certain set of values above a commitment to freedom of speech, FIRE does not rate that university.
|Public or Private:||Private|
|Federal Circuit:||Ninth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Andrew K Benton
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
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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: Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct 13-14
pervasive, and objectively offensive, that its effect, whether or not
intended, impairs a person’s ability to participate in the University’s
educational programs and activities or their living environment.
Objectively offensive conduct means that it must be offensive both to
the recipient of the conduct and to a "reasonable person" in the
Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Misconduct Subject to Disciplinary Action 13-14
the use or threat of physical violence, intimidation, stalking or hate
violence directed toward a member of the Pepperdine faculty, staff,
student body, toward a visitor to the campus or toward a member
of the community.
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Housing and Community Living- Basic Human Respect 13-14
the differences within our community and to avoid behavior that is
belittling, threatening, or disrespectful to others.
Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- General Conduct Expectations 13-14
heritage in Churches of Christ, all members of the University
community are encouraged to respect the teachings of Jesus and
historic, biblical Christianity. It is expected that all students will adhere
to biblical teaching regarding moral and ethical practices. Engaging in
or promoting conduct or lifestyles inconsistent with biblical teaching is
not permitted. It is expected that students will maintain the highest
standards of personal honor, morality, and integrity. The University
reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or dismiss any person who
violates these principles.
Student Handbook: Housing and Community Living- Decor 13-14
representations deemed to be obscene or contrary to the moral
standards and/or mission of the University, including, but not limited
to, pornography. It is a violation to display alcohol containers or drug-related
paraphernalia on University property.
Other Speech Codes
Student Organizations Handbook: Standards of Conduct for Events 13-14
for family audiences. All participants, whether internal (students) or external (vendors, artists, and
producers), shall perform and/or conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the standards
of the University. If participants fail to adhere to University standards disciplinary action may ensue.
Examples of these standards include:
A. No alcoholic beverages or non-prescribed drugs are permitted on campus or at any
B. No unlawful or improper conduct or language is permitted during a performance or
on campus. Examples of improper behavior include: degrading, demeaning, or
exploitive references, profanity, explicit lyrics, suggestive dancing, and/or
references to sex, alcohol, and narcotics/drugs.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
A Place of Faith 13-14
* This tradition--at its best--can sustain both openness to new and different ideas and the kind of diversity that Pepperdine seeks to nurture.
* This atmosphere, in which students are encouraged to explore faith and scholarship, is reflected in Pepperdine's affirmation statement, in which it says, "Truth has nothing to fear from investigation."
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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.