State University of New York - New Paltz
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Second Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Donald P Christian
State University of New York - New Paltz
Haggerty Administration Building Room 901A2
75 S. Manheim Blvd.
New Paltz, NY 12561
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On this page, FIRE has excerpted policies that address speech and expression. You may download the full policy in .pdf form, below.
Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Harassment 11-12
annoy another person and serve no legitimate purpose. Such acts include, but are not
limited to: obscene language or gesturing, stalking, creating a condition that endangers,
intimidates or threatens the health and safety of a member of the College community.
otherwise, with intent to cause annoyance or alarm, or for no legitimate purpose.
directed at an individual and which can be reasonably anticipated to provoke an
immediate violent reaction. This may include but is not limited to expressions relative to
a person's race, ethnicity, national origin, religious or cultural identity, sexual
orientation, disability or gender.
Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment 11-12
requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute
sexual harassment when: ... the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interfering with an affected
person's work performance, learning environment, or creating an intimidating,
hostile, or offensive work environment.
Human Resources: Anti-Harassment Policies & Procedures 12-13
Student Events Policies: Posting Policy 12-13
diverse campus community.
Internet Usage Policies
Student Handbook: Unauthorized Use of Computer Services 11-12
computer users, or to publicly display offensive or obscene messages.
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Student Handbook: Bias & Hate Crimes 11-12
New Paltz Police also assist in addressing bias-related activities that do not rise to the level of
a crime. These activities, referred to as bias incidents and defined by the University as acts of
bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed at a member or group within the New Paltz
community based on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation,
disability, veteran status, color, creed, or marital status, may be addressed through the State
University’s Discrimination Complaint Procedure or the campus conduct code. Bias
incidents can be reported to University Police as well as to the Office of Student Affairs
and/or Human Resources/Affirmative Action.
Other Speech Codes
Student Events Policies: Security at Your Event 12-13
staffing) will be hired for your event and what security checks/measures will be required for entry into the event: ... The various elements/controversial factors to your event. ... Please note that security does not come free and the sponsoring student group will be expected to cover these expenses.
Student Handbook: Speakers and Topics 11-12
groups, the sponsoring organization must recognize the rights of other groups and consider
the impact of inviting each speaker on the orderly and lawful functioning of the College.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Handbook: Freedom of Speech and Assembly; Picketing and Demonstrations 11-12
limitation or penalty solely for the expression of his views nor for having assembled with
others for such purpose.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in September 2012. According to FIRE’s research the substantive policies are current at least until this date. Directory information, including the name of the president of the college or university, may have been updated more recently. If any policy has been revised, or if you believe that we are in error, please contact us.