UC Riverside Resources for Free Speech
There are several resources on campus you can connect with if you are dealing with, or have a question about, a free speech matter. As a public university, UCR must uphold the constitutional right to free speech for all people. The university can’t limit free speech — only in very specific situations can speech lose its protections. Below is a list of resources on the UCR campus that you might find helpful in answering your questions, thinking through, and processing what free speech means on campus, and getting a better understanding of how we balance the need to uphold free speech with our UCR Principles of Community.
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students is your gateway to campus resources. It can be overwhelming to figure out where to go or who to talk to — the Dean of Students office is a great place to start.
ASUCR Legal Clinic
Through the Associated Students of UCR — in collaboration with the Riverside County Barristers Association — currently registered UCR undergraduate students can receive free legal services help to assist students in solving problems. Although this does not provide formal legal representation, the ASUCR Legal Clinic can be an important resource for students who have a concern regarding free speech on campus.
Chancellor’s Free Speech Working Group
A university requires an environment where students and scholars can freely express ideas and pursue knowledge, while also promoting respectful dialogue among individuals or groups with opposing viewpoints. To better achieve these ambitions, we have created a Free Speech Working Group comprising of students, faculty, and staff to ensure our policies are meeting the needs of the campus community and to foster transparency in how these policies are implemented.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides UCR students confidential services — provided by licensed mental health professionals and supervised interns — geared toward demystifying and strengthening the mental health of all Highlanders. CAPS is free to all registered UCR students regardless of insurance.
Ethnic and Gender Centers
The Ethnic and Gender Centers at UCR are departments on campus that offer students the opportunity to have meaningful experiences through the exploration of identity, the ability to safely engage in personal development and the opportunity to build critical skills for success.
- Guidance for Social Media Harassment
Highlander Union Building
Since 2007, the Highlander Union Building (HUB) has been the place where UCR students, faculty, staff, and community members meet, eat, study, and relax. The HUB Features 160,000 square feet of meeting rooms, lounges, outdoor seating, dining venues and offices. The HUB is primarily funded by the HUB Referendum Fee, a quarterly fee paid by all UCR students. The facility is governed by a student-majority board that approves the annual operating budget, major space renovations and initiatives.
For more information about events at the HUB, please visit HUB Scheduling.
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is committed to the urgent, sustained, and comprehensive work of creating a campus climate of mutual respect and communal vision at the University of California, Riverside. This work belongs to every member of our community and includes ensuring greater representation of individuals from all backgrounds in every part of the university and keeping fairness and accessibility in higher education at the heart of our policies and procedures. We value a deep, collective understanding that an institutional and personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is a true commitment to meaningful, lifelong learning.
Office of the Ombuds
The Office of the Ombuds is a confidential, impartial, informal, and independent resource that assist UCR community members (students, faculty, and staff) in addressing or resolving disputes or ongoing conflicts.
Founded in 1922, PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. Visit the site for resources and information.
Student Affairs Case Management (SACM)
Student Affairs Case Management (SACM) helps students solve problems. If you are dealing with mental health, academic challenges, relationship issues, food insecurity or any other stressful crisis, a case manager can help. SACM empowers students to solve problems by providing resources, education, and expertise.
The Office of Student Life provides a large array of resources to help students with their experience outside of the classroom. If you want to get involved in a program to help you develop leadership skills, become better acclimated and adjusted to campus life or find fun activities, Student Life can help.
UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement
The UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement explores how the fundamental democratic and academic principles of free speech and civic engagement should enrich the discovery and transmission of knowledge in America’s colleges and universities. Visit the site for more resources and information.
University of California Police Department (UCPD)
UCPD can help in case of an emergency. Call: (951) 827-5222