State University of New York – New Paltz

Location: New Paltz, New York
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

State University of New York – New Paltz 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
  • Non Discrimination/Non Harassment Policy Statement and Procedures for Reporting Incidents of Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Violence

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    Isolated instances, e.g., a sexual comment or joke, ordinarily will not constitute sexual harassment unless the circumstances are egregious. Sexual violence is seen as an egregious form of harassment. Such sexual behavior does not constitute harassment if it is welcomed (i.e., voluntary and consensual). It is import... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Speakers and Topics

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    Where a controversial speaker is likely to engender demonstrations from other student groups, the sponsoring organization must recognize the rights of other groups and consider the impact of inviting each speaker on the orderly and lawful functioning of the College. Read More
  • Office of Student Activities and Union Services Policy Manual: Event Security

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Security Fee Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    The following factors will be used when determining how much security (outside security and/or University Police staffing) will be hired for your event and what security checks/measures will be required for entry into the event: … The various elements/controversial factors to your event. … Please note th... Read More
  • Office of Student Activities and Union Services Policy Manual: Campus Posting Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    Posting must not be obscene, libelous, slanderous, racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive to the diverse campus community. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Harassment/Stalking

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    9.00 Harassment/Stalking .01 No person shall engage in unwelcome conduct directed at an individual which is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s sense of safety or well-being, and may interfere with an individual’s employment, academic performance, or participation in the College’s programs... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    Sexual harassment in the educational setting can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. … Sexual Harassment has been defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Unauthorized Use of Computer Services

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    No person shall use computers and network services to harass or threaten other computer users, or to publicly display offensive or obscene messages. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Information Regarding Bias and Hate Crimes Prevention

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias crimes, State University of New York at New Paltz Police also assist in addressing bias-related activities that do not rise to the level of a crime but may be defined as bigotry, harassment, or intimidation against an individual or group. Actions based on belief or... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Disorderly/Disruptive Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    No person shall engage in disorderly conduct which interferes with the rights of others, including: criminal mischief (vandalism); recklessly creating a public inconvenience or disturbance by fighting; making unreasonable noise; using abusive or obscene language; disturbing a class, meeting, event, rally or speaker;... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Speech and Assembly; Picketing and Demonstrations

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    (a) No student, faculty or other staff member or authorized visitor shall be subject to any limitation or penalty solely for the expression of his views nor for having assembled with others for such purpose. Peaceful picketing and other orderly demonstrations in public areas of grounds and buildings will not be inte... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Speech Code of the Month: SUNY New Paltz

    October 2, 2012

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for October 2012: the State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz). The university’s “Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment Policies & Procedures (PDF),” which apply “to all members of the campus community,” prohibit: Distribution, display or discussion of any written or graphic material that ridicules, denigrates, insults, belittles,… Read more

  • More on SUNY-New Paltz Case Before the Second Circuit

    July 8, 2009

    Late last month, we reported on Holmes v. Poskanzer, et al., a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in which two SUNY-New Paltz students argue on appeal that New Paltz administrators should not enjoy qualified immunity against the student-plaintiffs’ claims of due process violations and retaliation for engaging in… Read more

  • SUNY New Paltz Qualified Immunity Case Before Second Circuit Court of Appeals Today

    June 26, 2009

    This morning in downtown Manhattan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral arguments in the case of Holmes v. Poskanzer, et al., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13545 (N.D.N.Y. Feb. 21, 2008). At issue today before the Second Circuit is the question of whether the State University of New York – New… Read more