A Message From The President

University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez
President Havidán Rodríguez

Public universities by definition must be bastions of free speech and freedom of expression. We must tolerate all forms of protected speech, even when that speech does not align with our individual or institutional values.

As we uphold this critical constitutional right, we must also cultivate a campus climate where we are comfortable expressing ideas and learning about other viewpoints.

At the same time, the health, safety and well-being of our campus community must be our number one priority. This is why we have put in place strengthened practices governing the expression of free speech that protect all parties, whether speakers, audience members, or bystanders.

Please explore this website to familiarize yourself with our free speech policies. Thank you for your engagement and support on this critical issue. We welcome your feedback as we strive to create a campus climate that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive.


Havidán Rodríguez

Freedom of Speech

The University at Albany is committed to fostering an environment where inclusive excellence, a core value, is a cornerstone of the community.

As a public institution of higher education, the University at Albany respects and supports the rights of all individuals under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution regarding free speech.

As such we value the freedom of expression of ideas and beliefs, and the conversations that ensue around this diversity of ideas.

Constructive, civil debate and sharing is critical to UAlbany’s educational mission. Recognizing the complexity of issues and conversations that may arise, it is imperative that our community embrace the response of more speech, as a method to engage expression that may be offensive, yet still protected under our Constitution.  In order to maintain an environment that is conducive to our academic mission, the University embraces both policy and practice that increase awareness among our campus constituencies with regard to the impact that freedom of expression may have upon others.

In its support of the First Amendment, the University at Albany does not condone all views expressed by its internal community or external constituencies. The University strives to sustain a campus culture that views diversity holistically, and one that is intolerant of any acts, verbal or non, that threatens this principle.