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.

At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.

Red Light Policies

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 10, 2016

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

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: March 10, 2016

    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

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 10, 2016

    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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  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct Code- Introduction

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: March 10, 2016

    Valuing a diversity of opinions and life styles, members of the College community are bound together both by respect for the individual and collective rights of others and by recognition of the primary aims of learning and development of the disciplined mind which brings us together. Judicial action will be taken against students whose conduct adversely affects the College community or the pursuit of its objectives.

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

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 10, 2016

    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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  • Student Handbook: Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 10, 2016

    Sexual Harassment

    Any unwelcomed sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwelcomed verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, i.e. it is sufficiently serious, pervasive or persistent as to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning, or sexually offensive working, academic, residential, or social environment under both a subjective and objective standard.

    Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment as defined above may include a severe, persistent or pervasive pattern of unwelcome conduct that includes one or more of the following: …

    Verbal Conduct

    — Making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs or humor

    — Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations

    — Objectively offensive comments of a sexual nature, including persistent or pervasive sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes

    Visual Conduct

    — Leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of suggestive objects or pictures, cartoon or posters in a public space or forum

    — Severe, persistent, or pervasive visual displays of suggestive, erotic, or degrading sexually oriented images that are not pedagogically appropriate

    Written Conduct

    — Letters, notes or electronic communications containing comments, words, or images described above

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.