Free Speech and Designated Public Forum

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

As a public entity, the University is required to provide a designated public forum to third parties outside of the campus community for their exercise of free speech rights. The University has a policy in place for third parties who are not sponsored by the University and/or a recognized student organization, who want to use the University's designated public forum for free speech purposes. The University receives a number of requests to utilize the designated public forum each year. The University, by law, is not permitted to inquire about the nature or content of the free speech.

The views of the individuals utilizing the designated public forum are the views of the individuals alone and not those of the University. We understand that views expressed may offend members of the campus community. The University reminds members of the campus community and visitors to be respectful of free speech and the physical safety of self and others.

Concerned students may avail themselves of the services provided by Counseling and Psychological Services, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, the Interfaith Center, the Multicultural Resource Center, Student Health Services or University Police.