State University of New York – Oswego

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

State University of New York – Oswego 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
  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct: Conduct Subject to Disciplinary Action

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    The College will take disciplinary action against a student or student organization when it is required by law to do so, or when the nature of the conduct: Interferes with or is disruptive to the learning environment, College process or activities, and/or educational interests and mission of the College, or Endange... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Compliance- Bias Crimes and Prevention

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    8. In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias crimes, the College addresses bias-related acts that do not rise to the level of a crime. It is the position of the College that bias-related incidents include acts that are motivated by bias, but may not meet the necessary elements required to prove a crime.  T... Read More
  • Residence Hall Handbook: The Residence Hall Community- A Community of Similarities & Differences

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    Residence life staffsupport the belief that respect for individual and group differences is an appropriate expectation to place on resident students and when individuals act in a manner which shows disregard for the feelings of others, staffare trained and expected to intervene. Read More
  • Residence Hall Handbook: Disruptive Behavior

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    Disruptive behavior including: 1) harassment or creating a hostile environment through discrimination, intimidation, ridicule, or insult toward any person; 2) acts of bias targeted toward a person or group …   Read More
  • Student Handbook: Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention/Policies/Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational program and/or activities, and is based on power differe... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Computer and Library Use- Computer Use

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    Campus network resources may not be used to defame, harass, intimidate or threaten. Read More
  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct: Bill of Rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 7, 2019

    Free inquiry, expression and assembly are guaranteed to all students. Read More
  • SUNY Oswego Paper to Student Body: ‘Test Free Speech on Campus’

    February 14, 2014

    FIRE supporters know that we’ve roundly criticized the State University of New York at Oswego’s troubled relationship with the First Amendment. Not only does SUNY Oswego earn a “red light” rating in FIRE’s Spotlight database for its unconstitutional speech codes, but the university was responsible for one of the more shocking abuses of free speech… Read more

  • The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013

    December 27, 2013

    College is where inquisitive minds go to be exposed to new ways of thinking. But on some campuses, the quest for knowledge is frustrated when administrators censor speech they would prefer be kept out of the marketplace of ideas. To close out the year, we at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) want to highlight… Read more

  • SUNY Oswego Inappropriately Cites FERPA in Refusing to Disclose Discipline Information

    November 18, 2013

    The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) reported last Wednesday that the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) is denying requests from student newspaper The Oswegonian for information about conduct violations by Greek organizations, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is meant to ensure the privacy of students’ educational records, but colleges and universities often… Read more

  • Four Key Points About Free Speech and the Feds’ ‘Blueprint’

    July 15, 2013

    It’s been more than two months since FIRE and the higher ed community were shocked by a letter issued jointly by the Departments of Education and Justice to the University of Montana. FIRE staff have blogged extensively about the Departments’ “blueprint” for campus sexual harassment in the last 10 weeks, but there are four crucial points that I… Read more

  • SUNY Oswego Victory Makes Media Splash

    November 20, 2012

    Earlier this month, FIRE exposed a shocking case at the State University of New York College at Oswego (SUNY Oswego), where a student was suspended and ordered to vacate campus simply for writing emails.  Alexander Myers, an exchange student from Australia, contacted three hockey coaches from other institutions, as research for a class assignment he… Read more

  • SUNY Oswego Journalism Student Suspended for Emails to Hockey Coaches

    November 9, 2012

    As FIRE has copiously documented in recent years, universities around the country have shown a dangerous tendency to conflate protected speech with unprotected true threats. The latest case in point comes from the State University of New York College at Oswego (SUNY Oswego), which leveled charges against a journalism student for writing a few short… Read more