Stockton University

Location: Pomona, New Jersey
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Stockton University 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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination in the Academic/Educational Environment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 7, 2018

    Under this policy, discrimination/harassment, intimidation and/or bullying based upon [a list of] protected categories are prohibited and will not be tolerated


    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when, for example: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic/work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic/work environment.

    Examples of conduct that may, when severe, pervasive, or persistent, constitute sexual harassment and are therefore a violation of this policy include, but are not limited to:

    • Generalized gender-based remarks and comments …
    • Verbal, written or electronic lewd, vulgar or obscene comments, jokes or unwanted propositions including letters, notes, e-mail, text messages, invitations, gestures or inappropriate comments about a person’s clothing …

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  • Student Handbook: Computer and Communication Standards- Statement Concerning Social Media

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 7, 2018

    The “Campus Code of Conduct” outlines several principles including five core values: integrity, community, social justice, respect, and responsibility. These core values should be considered and observed while using social media platforms to avoid creating a hostile environment for other members of the campus community. Abusive behavior within a social media platform by a member of the campus community may violate the terms set forth in these agreements. Laws and Stockton policies governing inappropriate conduct such as sexual (or other) harassment, bullying and discrimination apply to social media, blogging and texting; see the University’s Discrimination Policies for employees and students for more details. In the Campus Code of Conduct, this is referred to as “Off Campus Actions and Behaviors”.

    Please note, Stockton University does not routinely search social media for violations of University policy. If behavior that appears to be in violation of policy is brought to our attention, the report will be investigated to the extent practical.

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  • Student Handbook: Campus Conduct Code- Social Justice

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 7, 2018

    3. Social Justice: University members recognize that respecting the dignity of every person is essential to create and to sustain a flourishing environment. They understand and appreciate how their decisions and actions impact others and are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community. Behaviors that violate this value include but are not limited to: …

    b) Harassment: Unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived sex, gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected status. Unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials who will act to remedy and to resolve reported incidents on behalf of the victim and the community.

    c) Hostile environment: Severe, pervasive, persistent, and objectively offensive conduct that creates a hostile environment and limits, unreasonably interferes with, or denies the ability to participate in, or benefit from the University’s educational or employment program or activities.

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  • Student Organizations: Policies & Procedures- Event Planning & Event Management Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 7, 2018

    All paperwork should be completed at least three weeks prior to the date of the event so that appropriate arrangements may be made. Large scale events may require additional time to complete the facility / resource review and scheduling process. For events which are new, or determined to be high risk by Stockton University, space reservations will be listed as tentative until the leadership of the sponsoring organization completes all planning and information gathering meetings as requested by Stockton University.  The Office of Student Development may decide to execute a “lottery” for events requesting historically popular dates, i.e., dances.

    It is important to remember that space includes all College property, not just rooms in buildings. Thus, organized activities that require plazas, galleries, classrooms, athletic facilities, etc., must also be requested through the above procedures with the Office of Student Development.

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  • Will Colleges Respect Your Child’s Rights?

    August 24, 2005

    Hundreds of thousands of families across North America are now preparing their children for college. As parents hustle to buy clothing, repair secondhand cars and otherwise fret about the impending separation, they should consider how their son or daughter’s human rights will fare on campus. Their freedom of speech is particularly vulnerable. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has just released its Speech Code of the Month Award for August, which recognizes abuses of First Amendment rights. The winner? Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, a public institution allegedly bound by the Constitution. Stockton’s speech code policies contain […]

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  • Fat Chance

    August 25, 2005

    Wendy McElroy’s latest Fox News column asks parents an important question: “Will Colleges Respect Your Child’s Rights?” The short answer, of course, is “fat chance.” As evidence, McElroy points out Richard Stockton College, FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month “winner” for August, as well as our appalling case at William Paterson University. McElroy also plugs FIRE’s Spotlight and our Guides series as tools for parents. Her advice for parents is more than appropriate: Parallels between Orwell and current academia can be carried too far. But the existence of clear parallels should concern every parent who has a child heading toward […]

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

    August 1, 2005

    FIRE announces the Speech Code of the Month for August 2005: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. As a public institution, Richard Stockton is legally bound by the U.S. Constitution. Its anti-harassment policy, however, infringes upon protected speech and is particularly outrageous because it explicitly infringes upon the free exchange of ideas in the classroom. Richard Stockton maintains a Student Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment or Hostile Environments in the Academic/Educational Environment. It is a violation of this policy “to use derogatory or demeaning slurs to refer to a person’s race, gender, age, religion, disability, affectational or sexual orientation, or ethnic […]

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  • ‘All of Us Are Human Beings—And Individuals’

    April 11, 2005

    There’s a great article today in The Chronicle of Higher Education (account required to access), “The Truth About Teaching About Racism,” by Paul Lyons, a professor of social work and history at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He discusses the issues, including free speech, that come up when teaching about and discussing racism: I am not a great fan of those who see political correctness running rampant on college campuses. Although there is certainly more conformity than those people left of center are willing to admit, charges of political correctness ignore forms of right-wing conformity at some conservative institutions […]

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