SUNY Oswego president issues statement on student disciplined over e-mail

November 12, 2012

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley has issued a statement on the case of Alexander Myers, a journalism student disciplined over an e-mail he sent to college hockey coaches.

Myers, a student from Australia, was originally charged by the college with "disruptive behavior" and ordered to leave his dorm room. He was reprimanded by a college judicial panel for misrepresenting himself in the e-mail and ordered to write letters of apology.

Here is Stanley’s statement:

"The principles of free speech and expression are fundamental to an open society. The building blocks of learning are based on the quest for information and analysis in the context of open inquiry and skepticism. SUNY Oswego honors the First Amendment and has vigilantly undertaken to protect students, faculty, staff and others against suppression of First Amendment rights.

"In instances where charges are brought against a student, student judicial hearings allow for the perspective and explanations of the student who is charged to be heard and the issues to be sorted out in a process that incorporates an advocate for the student and deliberation by a blend of students, faculty and staff. That process is followed in all cases.

"We are open to criticism with the goal of increasing our understanding and assuring that we apply our policies in a manner consistent with our beliefs and values, especially with regard to free speech and free expression."

Schools: State University of New York – Oswego Cases: State University of New York College at Oswego: Student Suspended for Emails to Hockey Coaches