State University of New York – Plattsburgh

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

Thank State University of New York – Plattsburgh for their commitment to free speech.

Speech Code Rating

State University of New York – Plattsburgh has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Green Light Policies
  • Title IX: Sexual Discrimination and Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 24, 2017

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome, inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits, on the basis of sex, an individual’s ability to perform their work or participate in or benefit from the College’s education program and/or activities. This can include such acts as comments, gestures, or physical contact that meet the standard set forth above. 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.

    » Read More

  • Student Conduct Manual: Definitions

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 24, 2017

    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.

    » Read More

  • Student Conduct Manual: College Regulations- Disorderly Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: February 24, 2017

    SECTION 7: Disorderly Conduct Any disorderly conduct which interferes with the rights of others is prohibited. Examples of disorderly conduct include harassment, threats, physical abuse or the threat of physical abuse.

    Harassment may include 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, sex [including pregnancy], gender expression or gender identity, sexual orientation, political activities or genetic information, and which is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies, or limits an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s education program and/or activities, and creates an academic environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating or hostile. Activity protected by the First Amendment will not constitute harassment.

    » Read More

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 24, 2017

    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.

    » Read More

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 24, 2017

    Sexual Harassment in the Educational Setting – Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, 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.

    » Read More

  • Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 24, 2017

    Sexual Harassment:  Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome, inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits, on the basis of sex, an individual’s ability to perform their work or participate in or benefit from the College’s education program and/or activities.  This can include such acts as comments, gestures, or physical contact that meet the standard set forth above.  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.

    » Read More


  • 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.

    » Read More
  • 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 […]

    » Read More