Skidmore College

Location: Saratoga Springs, New York
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Skidmore 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

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

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199
  • Campus Demonstrations and Protests Policy is Password Protected

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 16, 2022

    For students organizing an on-campus protest or demonstration, the College guidelines are here: https://www.skidmore.edu/emergency/secure/cemp/responses/civildisturband-demo.php

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  • Enough is Enough Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 16, 2022

    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 their sex or gender that is either severe or pervasive, alters the work or educational conditions of the individual, and creates an abusive environment.

    Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include:

    Verbal conduct:

    • making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs or humor, including those of transphobic or homophobic nature, frequent use of an individual’s “deadname” or pronouns by which the individual does NOT identify, 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
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  • Student Handbook: Code of Social Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: August 16, 2022

    Based on students’ agreement to the Honor Code, students shall abide by the Code of Social Conduct as outlined below. Students found to have committed, or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct are subject to the College’s student conduct process.

    Harassment. Any unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived status, including race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected category.

    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;

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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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  • Title IX Policy for Students

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 16, 2022

    Sexual Harassment:

    Conduct on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity, that aligns with one or more of the following conditions as defined by Title IX:

    Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the College’s education program or activity; …

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  • Student Handbook: Philosophy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 16, 2022

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

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  • Bias Response Group

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: August 16, 2022

    “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 and mental health or 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.”

    The Bias Response Group is not responsible for investigation or disciplinary action.

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  • Student Handbook: Skidmore Student Bill of Rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 16, 2022

    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.

     

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FIRE surveyed roughly 44,000 students at 203 colleges and universities about the climate for free speech at their institutions. See the full report on FIRE’s 2022 College Free Speech Rankings for more information.

 

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 21.51

Rankings / out of 203 colleges ranked

Overall Ranking 199
Openness 104
Tolerance (Liberals) 28
Tolerance (Conservatives) 185
Administrative Support 134
Comfort 150
Disruptive Conduct 107

Administrative Behavior

Supported Scholars 0
Sanctioned Scholars 2
Successful Disinvitations 0

Climate

Speech Climate POOR
Speech Code RED
  • Skidmore College: Student Government Refuses to Recognize Progressive Zionist Club

    March 17, 2021

    On March 12, 2021, Skidmore’s student government denied recognition to the Progressive Zionists for Peace student group because it could be “troublesome” that the club is a “dialogue focused club” while expressing “one perspective.” Skidmore, however, recognizes various other organizations that engage in dialogue while expressing one perspective, including the College Democrats, College Republicans, and… Read more