State University of New York – Plattsburgh

Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Website: http://www.plattsburgh.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

State University of New York – Plattsburgh 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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • Complaint Procedure for Review of Allegations of Unlawful Discrimination/Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 8, 2016

    Sexual Harassment in the Educational Setting – unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment of a student denies or limits, on the basis of sex, the student’s ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities in the educational institution’s program.

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  • Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 8, 2016

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome, inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature and can include such acts as comments, gestures, or physical contact.  Sexual harassment can involve a quid pro quo in which an employee with authority demands sexual favors of a subordinate employee or a student with either a reward promised or punishment threatened.  Sexual harassment can involve the establishment of a hostile work or school environment, with the target/victim/survivor subjected to sexual jokes, pictures, touching, unwelcome requests for dates, and other conduct.

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  • Title IX: Sexual Discrimination and Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 8, 2016

    What Is Sexual Harassment?

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome, inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature and can include such acts as comments, gestures, or physical contact.

    There are two types:

    1. “Quid Pro Quo” – Latin for “this for that”, “something for something”, Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment is when a more powerful person (a boss or a professor) tells a less powerful person (an employee or a student), “I’ll give you a good grade/a good performance evaluation if you let me kiss you.” Or the more powerful person makes a threat, “I’ll fail you/fire you unless you go out with me.”
    2. Hostile Environment – The perpetrator creates a sexualized environment in which the victim does not function well, is afraid, or is uncomfortable. This can be done, for example, by continually remarking on someone’s body or clothing, by posting sexually explicit photos, or by making sexually oriented comments. A peer, a superior, or a subordinate can create a hostile environment.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Conduct Manual: College Regulations- Disorderly Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: August 8, 2016

    SECTION 7: Disorderly Conduct

    7.01 Any offensive or disorderly act or display which interferes with the rights of others is prohibited.

    7.02 Harassment, threats, physical abuse or the threat of physical abuse including bias related incidents are prohibited.

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Green Light Policies
  • Complaint Procedure for Review of Allegations of Unlawful Discrimination/Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 8, 2016

    Harassment on the Basis of Protected Characteristic(s) other than Sex/Gender – harassment based on race, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics is oral, written, graphic or physical conduct relating to an individual’s protected characteristics that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the educational institution’s programs or activities.

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  • Student Conduct Manual: Definitions

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 8, 2016

    Sexual Harassment: • Unwelcome, gender-based verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct that is sexual in nature and 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 differentials, the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.

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  • 3 PSU Policies Called Unconstitutional

    November 18, 2016

    By Ashleigh Livingston at Press-Republican The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is accusing SUNY Plattsburgh of having unconstitutional speech codes… Read more here.

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  • University Training Programs Can Misinform, Fail to Protect

    December 30, 2015

    2015 has been a landmark year for student activism, including for those demanding more attention be paid to the issue of rape and sexual assault on college campuses. Although this activism has helped shine light on an important issue, many of the responses by universities have undermined students’ rights in critical ways. While FIRE has written extensively this year about the lack of due process in campus disciplinary proceedings, there is another aspect of universities’ responses that we want to call attention to: mandatory “orientations” and “training programs” that freshmen are often required to take in order to register for […]

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