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 has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 28, 2017

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome action, language or visual representation of a sexual nature that has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or that creates a hostile working, educational, or living environment. … A second form of sexual harassment (hostile work environment) exists when an individual is subjected to unwelcome discriminatory conduct because of his/her sex or gender that is either severe or pervasive, alters the work or educational conditions of the individual, and creates an abusive environment.

    Sexual harassment also includes gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal or physical aggression or hostility based on gender, sexuality or sex- or gender-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

    Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include:

    Verbal conduct:

    • making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs or humor, not pedagogically appropriate
    • verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations, not pedagogically appropriate
    • objectively offensive comments of a sexual nature, including persistent or pervasive sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes, which a reasonable peer would find offensive and which are not pedagogically appropriate

    Visual conduct:

    • leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of suggestive objects or pictures, cartoon or posters in a public space or forum, not pedagogically appropriate
    • severe, persistent or pervasive visual displays of suggestive, erotic or degrading sexually oriented images, not pedagogically appropriate

    Written conduct:

    • letters, notes or electronic communications containing comments, words or images described above, not pedagogically appropriate

    The determination of whether an environment is “hostile” is based on a reasonable person standard, considering all the circumstances.

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  • Student Handbook: Campus Demonstrations and Protests

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: March 28, 2017

    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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  • Bias Response Group Website

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: March 28, 2017

    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.

    Any individual member of the Skidmore College community – or any group of persons within the community – who observes or is the target of a bias incident or hate crime is strongly encouraged to report the incident as soon as possible to Campus Safety (580-5566).

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Social Conduct- Harm to Persons

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 28, 2017

    Based on students’ agreement to the Honor Code, we expect students to abide by the Code of Social Conduct as outlined below:

    Harm to Persons. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical or emotional harm; threatening or endangering the physical or emotional health or safety of any person, including but not limited to, hazing, bullying or cyber bullying, or any other threatening or intimidating behavior;

    • Threat: written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable fear of injury to the physical or emotional health or safety of any person or damage to any property.
    • 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.
    • Bullying and Cyber bullying: bullying and cyber bullying are repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally. …

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Introduction

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 28, 2017

    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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  • Student Handbook: Skidmore Student Bill of Rights

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 28, 2017

    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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  • 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.