Skidmore College

Location: Saratoga Springs, New York
Website: http://www.skidmore.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Skidmore College has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Anti-Harassment Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local laws occurs when an individual or group of individuals is targeted with oral, written, visual, or physical insults based on that person’s or group’s protected status; and an individual or group of individuals is targeted with oral, written, visual, or physical insults based on that person’s or group’s protected status; and such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s or student’s work, professional or educational performance, productivity, physical security, living arrangements, extracurricular activities, academic or career opportunities, services or benefits – or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment..

    When both circumstances identified above are present, examples of conduct constituting harassment could include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Intimidation, hostility, or rudeness
    • Oral or written threats, derogatory comments, name-calling, or slurs
    • Display of derogatory posters, photographs, cartoons, drawings
    • Offensive gestures
    • Assault, unwanted touching, or blocking normal movement

    [S]exual harassment occurs when … the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s or student’s work, professional or educational performance, productivity, physical security, participation in living arrangements, extracurricular activities, academic or career opportunities, services or benefits—or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work/educational environment.

    This definition includes verbal, non-verbal, and physical harassment. The following examples of sexual harassment are intended to be instructive, but not inclusive:

    Verbal Harassment may take oral or written form and may include profanity, sexual jokes, whistling, teasing, threats, or repeated unwelcome requests for a date.

    Non-verbal Harassment may include staring, blowing kisses, winking, or displaying sexually suggestive material in the work area, in the classroom, in lockers, or as screen savers on one’s computer.

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  • Bias Response Group Website 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    Skidmore defines a bias incident as an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation involving a member of the Skidmore community that a reasonable person would conclude is directed at a member or group within the Skidmore community based on race, color, ethnicity, nationality, economic background, age, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, or religious practice. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional. Speech or expression that is consistent with the principles of academic freedom does not constitute a bias incident.

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  • Student Handbook: Standards of Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Respect: College students show positive regard for each other and for the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to: … 21) Harm to Persons. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical or emotional harm or endangering the physical or emotional health or safety of any person. 22) Threatening or Intimidating Behaviors: … Intimidation. Express or implied acts that cause a reasonable fear of injury to the physical or emotional health or safety of any person or damage to any property.

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  • Student Handbook: Campus Demonstrations and Protests 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Campus demonstrations—such as marches, meetings, picketing, and rallies—will be peaceful and nonobstructive. Student demonstrations are permitted, provided that participants are not violating the Honor Code or Student Code of Conduct. It is against College policy to cause, incite or participate in any disturbance that presents, causes, or creates a significant risk of, physical or emotional harm to others, and/or damage and/or destruction of property.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Skidmore Student Bill of Rights 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    We, the students of Skidmore College, recognize that this academic institution exists for the pursuit of knowledge, truth, and individual development. Free inquiry and free speech are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.

    As members of the Skidmore community, students enjoy freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, the press, and religion, and the right to petition, limited only by protection of property, safety, and mutual respect.

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  • Sexual Misconduct Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, AND objectively offensive as to have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment or negatively affects a student’s educational opportunities.

     

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  • Student Handbook: Introduction 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    The cocurricular and residential programs at Skidmore consider students to be adults ready to take responsibility for their learning, the quality of their social environment, and their daily life. We support your rights to privacy, freedom of inquiry and expression, and your participation in College governance.

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  • On campus, students fight to be right

    May 1, 2005

    SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last month at Skidmore College, a group of students planned a “Coming Out Day.” The students weren’t celebrating their sexuality, but their conservativeness. They belonged to the Young Republican Assembly. While the group wound up changing the name of the event because some students took offense, their decision to tag such a right-wing event with a moniker often associated with the left was no coincidence. The conservative movement on college campuses today is characterized by its adoption of concepts that the left has relied on for years. Now, when young Republicans speak out, they call for tolerance, […]

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