Location: Albany, New York
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit
State University of New York – Albany 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementActing to impair, interfere with or obstruct the orderly conduct, processes and functions of the University or surrounding community. This behavior includes, but is not limited to, excessive noise, abusive or obscene language in a public place ....
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment or sexual harassment (as defined under Prohibited Conduct #4 and #5) can take a variety of forms. Classifications include: Sexual harassment, which may range from inappropriate sexual innuendoes to coerced sexual relations. Examples of sexual harassment that are unwelcome include but are not limited to: leering at a person’s body, unnecessary touching, pressure for sexual behaviors, sexually explicit statements communicated verbally, or through social networking sites, e-mail, and texting.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementContact Student Involvement & Leadership in Campus Center 130 a minimum of 5 business days prior to the
proposed date and time to complete an event registration form. A professional staff member will contact you
within 24 hours to discuss the proposed event. Full disclosure regarding the nature of the program is essential in
order to approve your activity. Once your event registration form is reviewed, a professional staff member will notify you of the approval of the
event as well as the time, place and manner in which the event will be held.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual Harassment in the Educational Setting is defined as:
Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a
sexual nature. Sexual harassment of a student denies or limits, on the basis of sex, the
student’s ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities in the
educational institution’s program.
Community Rights and Responsibilities: Appendix A- Rules and Regulations for the Maintenance of Public Order 13-14
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementFree inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the objectives of a higher educational institution.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment based on race, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation
or other protected characteristics is oral, written, graphic or physical conduct relating to an
individual's protected characteristics that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so
as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the
educational institution’s programs or activities.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementConduct that is so pervasive or severe that it effectively denies the individual reasonable access to University resources or opportunities.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementUnwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to effectively alter or deny the individual reasonable access to University resources or that such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or sexually offensive environment for learning, working or living on campus.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementImproper use includes, but is not limited to: unauthorized access to or misuse of network or electronic data in any form; the use of another’s computing account, circumventing network security measures; the use of University networks, computer resources or data for private,
commercial or political purposes; harassment or defamation; the unauthorized alteration of electronic files; disruption or interference (hacking/spam/viral programs); software license or copyright violations; violations of federal or state law, or applicable SUNY or University at Albany policies.
June 1, 2006
Luke Daquino, a former University at Albany lacrosse player, said he never understood why today’s students bare their souls on the Internet. The growing popularity of Web sites such as http://www.myspace.com, http://www.facebook.com and http://www.webshots.com allow the college crowd to share personal information and photographs all over the country. “None of that stuff for me,” said Daquino, who graduated last year. “You put way too much stuff on there, you get yourself in trouble. Especially in college, people put pictures of everything that goes on, and they go everywhere.” Some colleges are finding that out the hard way. Photos of […]» Read More
September 26, 2005
In many schools, speech codes and guidelines are written and enforced with the intention of protecting the general student body. Often, these codes are accepted with little to no opposition from faculty members or students. However, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education or FIRE, many rules attempting to regulate speech in colleges and universities, including UAlbany, violate the First Amendment. According to Samantha Harris, an attorney from FIRE, most universities tend to act “in loco parentis,” meaning they attempt to fulfill the role of parents on campus. “This approach is problematic because it limits a student’s right […]» Read More
October 14, 2009
FIRE is looking into this interesting case at SUNY Albany (University at Albany), where it has been reported that a student was ordered to remove from his dorm room door “a satirical representation of the definition of Chartwells food service” because it was said to be defacing campus property, while other students’ postings on their own doors were allowed to remain. More on this case later.» Read More
November 26, 2007
Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion in Amidon v. Student Ass’n of the State Univ. of N.Y., holding that the student government of the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY-Albany) cannot base allocation decisions about mandatory student activity fees upon the outcomes of student referenda, even when such referenda are merely “advisory.” Specifically, the Second Circuit ruled that SUNY-Albany’s Student Association (SA) violated the First Amendment by conducting advisory referenda votes of the student body to determine student support for particular funding decisions for certain registered student groups. […]» Read More
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, […]» Read More
April 8, 2005
In the middle of an unusually warm February earlier this year, the talk all over campus was OSPIRG. For the past three years, the activist group has wrangled with student government over how much money would be allocated to their efforts at PSU. This year, after two hours of deliberation OSPIRG got its answer. No large increase, no large payout. Student government again was not swayed by the group’s impassioned pleas for funding and sent them packing with thousands less than they had asked for. Students came pouring out of the meeting crying, aghast that their efforts had failed for […]» Read More