Location: Stony Brook, New York
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit
Stony Brook University 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: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual Harassment. No student shall participate in creating an environment that is
sexually intimidating, abusive, hostile, sufficiently severe, pervasive, AND
objectively offensive to others. This includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual reference or gestures, sexual exploitation, sexual comments, teasing;
sexual slurs, derogatory statements, or other verbal abuse; graphic or sexually
suggestive comments about an individual's attire or body; inquiries or discussions
about sexual activities; sexually suggestive letters or other written materials;
sexual touching, brushing up against another in a sexual manner, graphic or
sexually suggestive gestures, cornering, pinching, grabbing, kissing, or fondling.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementUnwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and verbal or physical conduct of an abusive, sexual nature constitute harassment when such conduct interferes with an individual's work or academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementNo student shall threaten, assault, haze or otherwise physically, psychologically, verbally, or in writing by electronic means or otherwise, abuse any other person. This includes but is not limited to, incidents of bias-related acts of assault or abuse, or any incidents of verbal, written, physical, psychological harassment or abuse. No student shall post or distribute disparaging or compromising images of another, altered or otherwise or post denigrating text on but not limited to the following modes: internet websites or newspapers, without the express consent/authorization of the other individual.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementNo user may, under any circumstances, use campus computers or networks to
harass or defame (slander, libel, etc.) any other person.
February 9, 2006
The Stony Brook University sophomore doesn’t remember the content of the e-mail she said was a form of sexual harassment. But it upset her enough that she considered reporting the ex-boyfriend who sent it to college authorities. But Tori, who did not want her full name used, decided not to file a complaint. “I figured it was way too much trouble for something not that big of a deal.” She said she solved the problem by blocking e-mail from her ex and telling him to “cut it out.” Based on a national survey of 2,036 college students aged 18-24 […]» Read More
March 17, 2004
Who will guard the guardians? This common saying applies to American higher education, where professors and administrators are normally exempt from the scrutiny given to other public institutions. A tradition of academic freedom, flowing from the belief that the faculty’s training in their academic disciplines equips them to decide what to teach, has protected the autonomy of American colleges and universities and helped make them the envy of the world. But the principle of academic freedom can be subject to abuse, particularly in personnel and curricular matters, where personal and ideological agendas can intrude in such a way, ironically, to […]» Read More
October 8, 2012
While most of us see college athletics as a form of entertainment, many universities seem to take them a little too seriously. Stony Brook University (also known as SUNY-Stony Brook) in New York appears to be among that group. It seems the Seawolves’ athletic department didn’t think it was very funny when a campus publication, The Stony Brook Press, decided to tweet about the homecoming football game against Colgate in a humorous and/or satirical way. Tweets from September 12′s game included: “The batters have teed off!”, “Homerun! 15-Love, Stony Brook!”, and “One man passed the rubber object to another man […]» Read More
March 21, 2011
For the past few weeks, FIRE has been in contact with the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at Stony Brook University in New York, after the group was denied recognition by Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG). The USG declared the group too similar to Stony Brook’s College Republicans. This puts us in territory remarkably similar to where FIRE was last fall, when a new YAF chapter at the University of South Florida was denied recognition after an administrator deemed the group too similar to the group Young Americans for Liberty. YAF at Stony Brook had, in fact, encountered this […]» Read More
February 26, 2007
Karen Arenson has an article in The New York Times this morning about the film “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” which she calls “the latest flashpoint in the bitter campus debate over the Middle East.” The film shows anti-Western clips from Arab television programming and documentary footage of suicide bombers, at times comparing militant Islam to the Nazi movement. Many campus groups—mostly Hillels and other Jewish student organizations—have organized showings of “Obsession” at their universities. As Arenson reports, both the film’s message and the pro-Israeli nature of the viewings have sparked debate among students about Middle Eastern […]» Read More