Union College

Location: Schenectady, New York
Website: http://www.union.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Union College 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.

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Bias Policy and Acts of Intolerance- Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    [A]s a supportive and collegial community, Union College also prohibits bias-related student behavior that demeans or humiliates other community members even if the conduct is not so egregious as to violate the law.

    Harassment refers to unwelcome conduct based on race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, age and disability or any other characteristic protected by law that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to work, learn or participate in the College’s programs or creates an environment that is hostile, offensive, or intimidating. Harassment of this type is usually referred to as “hostile environment” harassment. Harassing conduct can occur in various forms, including: Verbal – such as using ethnic, racial, religious or other slurs to refer to a person, or jokes or comments that demean a person on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability. Physical – such as physical threats toward or intimidation of another on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability. Visual – such as creating or displaying racially, ethnically, religiously offensive pictures, symbols, cartoons, or graffiti. Communication-based – such as phone calls, emails, text messages, chats or blogs that offend, demean, or intimidate another on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual or gender-based conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to work, learn or participate in the College’s programs or creates an environment that is hostile, offensive, intimidating or humiliating based on the individual’s sex or gender. Harassment of this type is usually referred to as a “sexually hostile environment.” Harassing conduct can occur in various forms, including: * Verbal – such as vulgar or lewd statements, gender-based name-calling, sexually suggestive or graphic comments, or comments that demean a person because of his or her gender. * Physical – such as unwanted rubbing of a person’s back, neck, buttocks or thighs, pinching, sexual gestures, or sexual intimidation through physical means. * Visual – such as exposing another person to unwanted pornographic magazines or videos, or displaying suggestive or lewd pictures. * Communication-based – such as sexually graphic, threatening or vulgar phone calls, email, text messages, chats or blogs. * Or any combination of these.

    Union reserves the right to discipline offensive conduct that is inconsistent with community standards even if it does not rise to the level of harassment as defined by federal or state law.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct Code- Regulations Relating to Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Violations of the Student Conduct Code subject a student to disciplinary action. Such violations may include, but are not limited to: … interference with the academic, personal or social freedom of any member of the College community or guest by verbal abuse, intimidation, coercion, physical force or any other action, including abusive and offensive behavior.

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Green Light Policies
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