Location: Buffalo, New York
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit
State University Of New York – University at Buffalo has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment: A. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical
conduct of a sexual nature.
B. Unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating,
hostile, or offensive University environment. C. Submission to or enduring such conduct when rejected is made either explicitly or
implicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in other
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementTheft or other abuse of computer time, including but not limited to: ... Use of computing facilities and E-mail to send obscene or abusive messages.
Office of Judicial Affairs & Student Advocacy: Guidelines For Reporting Bias-Related Confrontations and Incidents 12-13
Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech, StatementAn act of intolerance is any attempt to injure, harm, or harass a person because of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, or sexual orientation. Such behavior includes acts or attempts that may pose physical or psychological harm or threat to individuals, groups, the University, or the community.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementEngaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts directed at another
person which would seriously annoy a rational person.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual Harassment-- unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal
or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: ... such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's
performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementA university, especially a State University subject to constitutional requirements, must guarantee students the rights which the society and its laws protect. An American university guarantees its students these rights on a campus.
August 15, 2012
For some time now, Vanderbilt University has been ground zero in the battle to decide whether belief-based student groups on college campuses will be allowed to make membership and leadership decisions that are influenced by their core beliefs. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, this has been a thorny legal issue, one that has come to a head at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt has taken a firm stance against student groups’ belief-based decisionmaking, enacting an extreme policy that even forbids religious groups from requiring their leaders to lead Bible studies, prayer, or worship. […]» Read More
January 30, 2009
FIRE supporter and New York state resident Lee Brink recently wrote to University at Buffalo (also known as SUNY-Buffalo) President John Simpson to ask about the university residence halls’ Statement of Civility, which FIRE named our Speech Code of the Month for January 2009. The Statement of Civility provides that: Students are expected to act with civility. To be civil means to be courteous and polite or, simply put, to be mannerly. Acts of incivility — whether verbal, written, or physical — will not be tolerated by the Residential Life community. In an e-mail to President Simpson, Brink asked: What […]» Read More
January 6, 2009
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for January 2009: University at Buffalo (also known as SUNY Buffalo). According to the Statement of Civility in the university’s Guide to Residence Hall Living, Students are expected to act with civility. To be civil means to be courteous and polite or, simply put, to be mannerly. Acts of incivility — whether verbal, written, or physical — will not be tolerated by the Residential Life community. This policy impermissibly restricts students’ right to freely express themselves in the residence halls, which are the closest thing students have to their own homes while […]» Read More