Stony Brook University

Location: Stony Brook, New York
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Stony Brook 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • University Student Conduct Code: Sexual Misconduct Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2014

    Sexual Harassment. No student shall participate in creating an environment that is sexually intimidating, abusive, hostile, sufficiently severe, pervasive, AND objectively offensive to others. This includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual reference or gestures, sexual exploitation, sexual comments, teasing; sexual slurs, derogatory statements, or other verbal abuse; graphic or sexually suggestive comments about an individual’s attire or body; inquiries or discussions about sexual activities; sexually suggestive letters or other written materials; sexual touching, brushing up against another in a sexual manner, graphic or
    sexually suggestive gestures, cornering, pinching, grabbing, kissing, or fondling.

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  • Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2014

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and verbal or physical conduct of an abusive, sexual nature constitute harassment when such conduct interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.

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  • University Student Conduct Code: Respect for Persons 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2014

    No student shall threaten, assault, haze or otherwise physically, psychologically, verbally, or in writing by electronic means or otherwise, abuse any other person. This includes but is not limited to, incidents of bias-related acts of assault or abuse, or any incidents of verbal, written, physical, psychological harassment or abuse. No student shall post or distribute disparaging or compromising images of another, altered or otherwise or post denigrating text on but not limited to the following modes: internet websites or newspapers, without the express consent/authorization of the other individual.

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  • Use of Information Technology 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2014

    This category includes, for example, display of offensive, sexual material in the workplace and repeated unwelcome contacts with another person.

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Green Light Policies
  • Public Assembly 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2014

    Assemblies requiring no Services may take place without any prior notification by the sponsors and/or organizers.

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  • Public Assembly: Freedom of Speech

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: June 16, 2015

    1. 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 ground and building will not be interfered with. Those involved in picketing and demonstrations may not, however, engage in specific conduct in violation of the provisions of the preceding section.

    2. In order to afford maximum protection to the participants and to the institutional community, each State-operated institution of the State University shall promptly adopt and promulgate, and thereafter continue in effect as revised from time to time, procedures appropriate to such institution for the giving of reasonable advance notice to such institution of any planned assembly, picketing or demonstration upon the grounds of such institution, its proposed locale and intended purpose, provided, however, that the giving of such notice shall not be made a condition precedent to any such assembly, picketing or demonstration and provided further, that this provision shall not supersede nor preclude the procedures in effect at such institution for obtaining permission to use the facilities thereof.

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  • Tolerance and Totalitarianism

    May 21, 2015

    By Michael Shermer, Co-authored by Frank Turek at The Huffington Post A disturbing trend is sweeping across American colleges and universities under the guise of protecting students from allegedly offensive speech — defined differently by different interest groups — with demands for everything from “trigger warnings” to banning speakers from campus. Trigger warnings are supposed to be issued to students before readings, classroom lectures, or public talks on such topics as sex, addiction, bullying, suicide, sizeism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, slut shaming, victim-blaming, and who-knows-what-else, thereby infantilizing students instead of preparing them for the real world where they most assuredly will […]

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  • Gay Alliance Bashes University For Hosting Debate With Conservative Christian Author

    May 11, 2015

    By Kaitlyn Schallhorn at Campus Reform State University of New York-Stony Brook held a debate in late April between atheist science writer Dr. Michael Shermer and Dr. Frank Turek, a Christian apologist. The university’s Graduate Queer Alliance has condemned the debate for allowing what it says was Dr. Turek’s “hate speech.” The GQA says that the objection “is not an issue of free speech” because Turek’s views have been exchanged countless times before in public forums and “it has been concluded that they are indeed wrong and harmful.” Stony Brook University’s Graduate Queer Alliance (GQA) is demanding the school apologize […]

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  • Sexual harassment commonplace on college campuses, study says

    February 9, 2006

    The Stony Brook University sophomore doesn’t remember the content of the e-mail she said was a form of sexual harassment. But it upset her enough that she considered reporting the ex-boyfriend who sent it to college authorities. But Tori, who did not want her full name used, decided not to file a complaint. “I figured it was way too much trouble for something not that big of a deal.” She said she solved the problem by blocking e-mail from her ex and telling him to “cut it out.”   Based on a national survey of 2,036 college students aged 18-24 […]

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  • Campus Hourglass

    March 17, 2004

    By Candace de Russy and KC Johnson at National Review Who will guard the guardians? This common saying applies to American higher education, where professors and administrators are normally exempt from the scrutiny given to other public institutions. A tradition of academic freedom, flowing from the belief that the faculty’s training in their academic disciplines equips them to decide what to teach, has protected the autonomy of American colleges and universities and helped make them the envy of the world. But the principle of academic freedom can be subject to abuse, particularly in personnel and curricular matters, where personal and ideological agendas can […]

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  • Stony Brook University Latest Combatant in War on Humor

    October 8, 2012

    While most of us see college athletics as a form of entertainment, many universities seem to take them a little too seriously. Stony Brook University (also known as SUNY-Stony Brook) in New York appears to be among that group. It seems the Seawolves’ athletic department didn’t think it was very funny when a campus publication, The Stony Brook Press, decided to tweet about the homecoming football game against Colgate in a humorous and/or satirical way. Tweets from September 12’s game included: “The batters have teed off!”, “Homerun! 15-Love, Stony Brook!”, and “One man passed the rubber object to another man […]

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  • Stony Brook Follows South Florida’s Playbook, Denies Funding to YAF

    March 21, 2011

    For the past few weeks, FIRE has been in contact with the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at Stony Brook University in New York, after the group was denied recognition by Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG). The USG declared the group too similar to Stony Brook’s College Republicans. This puts us in territory remarkably similar to where FIRE was last fall, when a new YAF chapter at the University of South Florida was denied recognition after an administrator deemed the group too similar to the group Young Americans for Liberty. YAF at Stony Brook had, in fact, encountered this […]

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  • ‘The New York Times’ Looks at Middle East Controversies on Campus

    February 26, 2007

    Karen Arenson has an article in The New York Times this morning about the film “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” which she calls “the latest flashpoint in the bitter campus debate over the Middle East.”   The film shows anti-Western clips from Arab television programming and documentary footage of suicide bombers, at times comparing militant Islam to the Nazi movement. Many campus groups—mostly Hillels and other Jewish student organizations—have organized showings of “Obsession” at their universities. As Arenson reports, both the film’s message and the pro-Israeli nature of the viewings have sparked debate among students about Middle Eastern […]

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