State University of New York – Brockport

Location: Brockport, New York
Type: Public
Thank State University of New York – Brockport for its commitment to free speech.

Speech Code Rating

State University of New York – Brockport has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more
  • Code of Student Conduct: Rules of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 8, 2021

    Harassment, which may include any of the following: a. Unwelcome conduct directed against a person based on one or more of that person’s protected characteristics or status, including age, color, race, disability, marital status, national/ethnic origin, religion, veteran’s status, political activities or genetic inf... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 8, 2021

    HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT is conduct, including physical contact, advances, and comments in person and/or via phone, text message, email, or other electronic medium, that is (a) unwelcome; (b) is based on sex or gender, gender identity, or gender expression, is based on gender stereotyping, or is sexual ... Read More
  • Posting Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 8, 2021

    Postings within residence halls must be approved by the Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities. This is to ensure that items are posted in areas approved by the college for posting, does not present a hazard to the public, and does not damage College or private property. Read More
  • Email and Network Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 8, 2021

    Any use of College Internet/email services that violates state or federal law, or SUNY or College policies, is prohibited. Read More
  • SUNY Brockport: Event Featuring Faculty-Invited Speaker, Jalil Muntaqim, Defunded, Forced Online

    March 17, 2022

    In March 2022, SUNY Brockport faced calls from elected officials to cancel an April 6 event featuring faculty-invited speaker Jalil Muntaqim, previously known as Anthony Bottom, a former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member convicted of killing two police officers in the early 1970s. On March 16, SUNY Brockport rescinded its grant for Muntaqim’s… Read more

  • State University of New York at Brockport: Speech Code Litigation

    June 9, 2004

    As part of its ongoing Speech Code Litigation project, FIRE supported a lawsuit against State University of New York at Brockport. The suit, which was settled in May of 2005, required the school to repeal its unconstitutional policies and publicize the changes in policy through official channels such as the newspaper and college handbooks. Representing… Read more

  • Records undermine SUNY Brockport’s justifications for censoring Jalil Muntaqim event

    June 14, 2022

    FIRE-obtained documents suggest the university mishandled its response to the event SUNY Brockport claimed “security concerns” prompted its decision to move the event featuring a former Black Panther online — but FIRE found no evidence of threats in records the university produced Criticism improperly influenced the university’s decision to defund the event and prevent in-person… Read more

  • Defunded SUNY Brockport Jalil Muntaqim event to happen online tomorrow

    April 5, 2022

    After originally affirming its faculty’s academic freedom and expressive rights, SUNY Brockport continues to bungle its handling of an appearance by faculty-invited speaker Jalil Muntaqim, first defunding the event and then moving it online. Muntaquim’s talk will now take place virtually tomorrow at 6:30 p.m ET. Controversy arose March 13, when New York state Sen…. Read more

  • Bad move: SUNY Brockport caves, sends in-person event online after pressure from elected officials and public criticism

    March 24, 2022

    In a disappointing departure from its initial promise to uphold its First Amendment obligations, SUNY Brockport announced yesterday that a planned in-person event featuring controversial speaker Jalil Muntaquim will now take place online. The move comes amid pressure from faculty, elected officials, and pro-police protesters to disinvite the former Black Panther who was convicted of… Read more

  • SUNY Brockport betrays First Amendment obligations, defunds controversial speaker

    March 17, 2022

    Following heated backlash from elected officials and the public, SUNY Brockport defunded an appearance by Jalil Muntaqim, a faculty-invited speaker, though the event will continue. Today, FIRE wrote to SUNY Brockport explaining that this viewpoint-based revocation of funding violates the university’s First Amendment obligations. Muntaqim, a former Black Panther convicted of killing two police officers… Read more

  • SUNY Brockport must not heed calls to disinvite former Black Panther, convicted murderer

    March 16, 2022

    SUNY Brockport faces significant backlash over plans to host a discussion with Jalil Muntaqim, previously known as Anthony Bottom, a former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member, who was convicted of killing two police officers in the 1970s.  Muntaqim is slated to speak at the university April 6 about his stint as a Black… Read more

  • SUNY Brockport Revises Speech Codes, Earns FIRE’s Highest Free Speech Rating

    February 18, 2016

    BROCKPORT, N.Y., February 18, 2016—The State University of New York College at Brockport (SUNY Brockport) has revised its speech codes, earning the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE’s) highest, “green light” rating. In cooperation with FIRE, SUNY Brockport becomes the second institution in the past week to join a prestigious group of colleges and… Read more

  • SUNY Brockport Student Government Claims Right to Steal Student Newspaper

    March 8, 2011

    Recently, the State University of New York at Brockport (SUNY Brockport) has been home to one of the stranger incidents of newspaper theft I’ve come across in my years at FIRE, coupled with one of the most breathtakingly bad justifications for such activity. First, the theft. According to William Matthias, Editor in Chief of the… Read more

  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2009

    December 23, 2009

    As Torch readers know, each month FIRE singles out a particularly reprehensible speech code for our Speech Code of the Month award. While all 12 Speech Codes of the Month in 2009 flagrantly violated students’ right to free expression, three were so egregious that they deserve special mention as 2009’s Speech Codes of the Year…. Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: SUNY Brockport

    December 3, 2009

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for December 2009: SUNY Brockport. SUNY Brockport’s “Internet/Email Rules and Regulations” state that All uses of Internet/e-mail that harass, annoy or otherwise inconvenience others are not acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to … offensive language or graphics (whether or not the receiver objects, since others… Read more

  • Candace de Russy: Finally Free to Speak

    April 25, 2006

    Candace de Russy, a member of the State University of New York’s (SUNY’s) Board of Trustees, is also a member of FIRE’s Board of Advisors—the latter position entailing no legal or fiduciary role. So when FIRE coordinated a lawsuit with FIRE Legal Network attorney Robert Goodman against SUNY Brockport’s blatantly unconstitutional speech code, it didn’t take… Read more

  • Authors Urge the American Historical Association to Join the Battle Against Speech Codes

    December 28, 2005

    Check out the important article “A Time to Choose for the AHA in Philadelphia: Speech Codes and the Academic Bill of Rights,” by David Beito, K. C. Johnson, and Ralph E. Luker: At the meeting of the AHA [American Historical Association] Business Meeting on January 7 in Philadelphia, the members will have a rare opportunity… Read more

  • Wronging student rights

    September 3, 2005

    As summer ends and college students return to campus, a number of dreadful court decisions may cause them to wonder if their rights have taken a permanent vacation. While the past decades have hardly been a golden age for student rights, there was good reason to be optimistic in recent years. Speech codes fell at… Read more

  • In a New York Minute

    May 12, 2005

    College loosens policies on offensive speech Political correctness has taken a hit at State University College at Brockport, a story in The Buffalo News suggests. The college has settled a lawsuit charging that students’ free-speech rights were stifled by its harassment and speech code policies. As part of the settlement, the college removed from its… Read more

  • College settles case, will revise its speech code

    May 11, 2005

    BROCKPORT — The State University College at Brockport will modify its campus speech codes to settle a lawsuit claiming that students’ free-speech rights were being quashed. The settlement was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Buffalo after several months of negotiations between the state and the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education,… Read more

  • Victory for Free Speech at SUNY Brockport

    May 10, 2005

    Coming close on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of the elimination of Dartmouth’s speech code, FIRE’s success continues today with a victory over the speech code at SUNY Brockport. The suit against SUNY Brockport was brought in cooperation with the hardworking volunteer attorneys of FIRE’s Legal Network as part of FIRE’s Speech Codes Litigation Project,… Read more

  • Another FIRE Victory Over Speech Codes: SUNY Brockport Settles Suit in Favor of Free Speech

    May 10, 2005

    BUFFALO, N.Y., May 10, 2005—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has won yet another remarkable victory over campus censorship and repression. Last week, the State University of New York at Brockport (SUNY Brockport) settled a lawsuit brought by FIRE Legal Network attorneys and agreed to repeal its unconstitutional speech code. The settlement marks… Read more

  • Is SUNY Brockport in the House?

    March 21, 2005

    As those who follow FIRE may know, last year we coordinated a speech code lawsuit against the State University of New York at Brockport (SUNY Brockport). This lawsuit is ongoing, and we here at FIRE are wondering if any of our readers out there know any students at SUNY Brockport—or if they’re SUNY Brockport students… Read more

  • Breaking the Silence

    September 29, 2004

    Editor’s note: Last month, we ran an article entitled, “Backlash 101,” by GNN contributor Joshua Holland, editor of USC’s progressive paper, The Trojan Horse. Holland argued that heavily-funded conservative groups were taking advantage of an anti-political correctness backlash to make political gains among impressionable college students across the country. Not everyone agreed with Holland’s analysis…. Read more