Union College

Location: Schenectady, New York
Website: http://www.union.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Union College 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.

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Bias Policy/Acts of Intolerance- Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 18, 2015

    [A]s a supportive and collegial community, Union College also prohibits bias-related student behavior that demeans or humiliates other community members even if the conduct is not so egregious as to violate the law.

    Harassment refers to unwelcome conduct based on race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, age and disability or any other characteristic protected by law that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to work, learn or participate in the College’s programs or creates an environment that is hostile, offensive, or intimidating. Harassment of this type is usually referred to as “hostile environment” harassment. Harassing conduct can occur in various forms, including: Verbal – such as using ethnic, racial, religious or other slurs to refer to a person, or jokes or comments that demean a person on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability. Physical – such as physical threats toward or intimidation of another on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability. Visual – such as creating or displaying racially, ethnically, religiously offensive pictures, symbols, cartoons, or graffiti. Communication-based – such as phone calls, emails, text messages, chats or blogs that offend, demean, or intimidate another on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.

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  • Student Handbook: Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 18, 2015

    Federal and state laws prohibit sexual harassment. These laws include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the New York State Human Rights Law. This policy prohibits conduct that would violate these laws. However, as a supportive and collegial community, Union also prohibits student behavior that sexually demeans or humiliates other community members as described below, even if the conduct does not violate the law.

    Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual or gender-based conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to work, learn or participate in the College’s programs or creates an environment that is hostile, offensive, intimidating or humiliating based on the individual’s sex or gender. Harassment of this type is usually referred to as a “sexually hostile environment” and is only one type of sexual harassment (see definition of quid pro quo sexual harassment below). Harassing conduct can occur in various forms, including:

    • Verbal – such as vulgar or lewd statements, gender-based name-calling, sexually suggestive or graphic comments, or comments that demean a person because of his or her gender.
    • Physical – such as unwanted rubbing of a person’s back, neck, buttocks or thighs, pinching, sexual gestures, or sexual intimidation through physical means.
    • Visual – such as exposing another person to unwanted pornographic magazines or videos, or displaying suggestive or lewd pictures.
    • Communication-based – such as sexually graphic, threatening or vulgar phone calls, email, text messages, chats or blogs.
    • Or any combination of these.

    For purposes of federal and state law, harassment has occurred if a reasonable person would have found the behavior offensive and his or her living, learning or working environment would be impaired as a result of the conduct. However, Union reserves the right to discipline, or to take corrective or other appropriate steps as may be warranted under the circumstances, to resolve offensive conduct that is inconsistent with community standards even if it does not rise to the level of harassment as defined by federal or state law.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct Code- Regulations Relating to Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: February 18, 2015

    Violations of the Student Conduct Code by a student or his/her guest subject the student to disciplinary action. Such violations may include, but are not limited to:

    • Threatening and/or Endangering Behavior Physical abuse, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, harassment (see Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Sexual Harassment for details), verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, restraint, bullying, and/or any other behavior that threatens or endangers oneself or the well-being or safety of others, or results in personal injury to others, including hazing.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct Code- Regulations Relating to Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: February 18, 2015

    Violations of the Student Conduct Code by a student or his/her guest subject the student to disciplinary action. Such violations may include, but are not limited to:

    • Disorderly Conduct Behavior which intentionally causes, or recklessly creates a risk of, disruption to the College community or local community including … any behavior which infringes on the rights, safety, and/or dignity of others.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: College Policies- Rules of Public Order 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 18, 2015

    Nothing herein is intended, nor shall be construed, to limit or restrict the freedom of speech or peaceful assembly, since free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the objectives of a higher educational institution.

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