Skidmore College

Location: Saratoga Springs, New York
Website: http://www.skidmore.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Skidmore College 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.

At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Bias Response Group Website

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: March 29, 2016

    Skidmore defines a bias incident as an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation involving a member of the Skidmore community that a reasonable person would conclude is directed at a member or group within the Skidmore community based on race, color, ethnicity, nationality, economic background, age, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, or religious practice. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional. Speech or expression that is consistent with the principles of academic freedom does not constitute a bias incident.

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  • Student Handbook: Standards of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 29, 2016

    Respect: College students show positive regard for each other and for the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to: … 21) Harm to Persons. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical or emotional harm or endangering the physical or emotional health or safety of any person. 22) Threatening or Intimidating Behaviors: … Intimidation. Express or implied acts that cause a reasonable fear of injury to the physical or emotional health or safety of any person or damage to any property. 23) Bullying and Cyberbullying. Bullying and cyberbullying are repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally.

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  • Student Handbook: Campus Demonstrations and Protests

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: March 29, 2016

    Campus demonstrations—such as marches, meetings, picketing, and rallies—will be peaceful and nonobstructive. Student demonstrations are permitted, provided that participants are not violating the Honor Code or Student Code of Conduct. It is against College policy to cause, incite or participate in any disturbance that presents, causes, or creates a significant risk of, physical or emotional harm to others, and/or damage and/or destruction of property.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Skidmore Student Bill of Rights

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 29, 2016

    We, the students of Skidmore College, recognize that this academic institution exists for the pursuit of knowledge, truth, and individual development. Free inquiry and free speech are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.

    As members of the Skidmore community, students enjoy freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, the press, and religion, and the right to petition, limited only by protection of property, safety, and mutual respect.

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  • Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 29, 2016

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, AND objectively offensive as to have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment or negatively affects a student’s educational opportunities.

     

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  • Student Handbook: Introduction

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 29, 2016

    The cocurricular and residential programs at Skidmore consider students to be adults ready to take responsibility for their learning, the quality of their social environment, and their daily life. We support your rights to privacy, freedom of inquiry and expression, and your participation in College governance.

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  • On campus, students fight to be right

    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, […]

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.