Freedom of Expression
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The rights of free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are the foundation of a higher education institution’s mission. As a public institution, the University is also bound by legal requirements that the campus be open to third parties to exercise their free speech rights under the principles of a limited, designated forum. The University is committed to protecting the rights of free speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the New York State Constitution.
Third Party or Parties is any person, organization, group or entity not legally affiliated with the University including, but not limited to, the general public, contractors, vendors, guests and visitors to the University, those using University facilities or property under a University revocable permit, and volunteers not enrolled as such on University systems.
University is the University at Albany, State University of New York.
The University welcomes free expression in all its forms, including the expression of dissent. To implement this commitment to protecting the rights of free speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly, the University fosters an environment in which persons who are legitimately on campus may freely express their views. In furtherance of such commitment, the University pledges to provide the greatest protection available for controversial, unpopular, opposing or dissenting opinions.
This Policy shall be effective immediately upon approval.
SUNY policies 5603 Use of Facilities by Non-Commercial Organizations and 5607 Commercial Use Policy (Use of University Facilities for Commercial Purposes) as well as the University at Albany’s Public Forum policy provide the procedures under this policy. Cases of non-compliance shall be referred to the appropriate offices, in particular the Office of Community Standards and Human Resources.