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Approved by College Council on April 26, 2012
The following constitutes the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh’s “time, place and manner” policy on the use of State University of New York College at Plattsburgh (“SUNY Plattsburgh” or “the college”) owned facilities by third parties (non college or sponsored by recognized student organizations) for free speech purposes as by the College Council pursuant to a delegation of authority by the SUNY Board of Trustees. (See SUNY Policy #5603 “Use of Facilities by Non-Commercial Organizations”)
As an institution of higher education, SUNY Plattsburgh respects and fully supports the rights granted to individuals under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution regarding free speech. Therefore, SUNY Plattsburgh is adopting a free speech policy for third parties, who are not sponsored by the college or a recognized student organization, but want to use the campus for free speech purposes.
As a public entity, partially funded by NYS tax dollars, SUNY Plattsburgh will provide a designated public forum to third parties outside of the campus community for their exercise of free speech rights. To comply with existing law, the college recognizes that it will be dedicating its scarce resources to the third parties, including staff time for the management of the designated public forum, the cost associated/loss of revenue with the use of space itself, and possibly utilizing University Police and other administrative office staff, to provide for the public safety of participants.
In drafting and adopting this Policy, SUNY Plattsburgh evaluated its competing obligations and responsibilities: to meet its legal obligations as a public entity to provide a designated public forum for free speech by third parties, to meet its audit and control obligations in managing NYS property under its jurisdiction, and to meet its obligations for the orderly and safe operation of its campus, while responsibly managing and allocating its scarce resources in pursuit of its education mission for its students.
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This policy shall apply to all third parties, who are not sponsored by SUNY Plattsburgh and/or a student group, who want to use the college’s designated public forum for free speech purposes. Because other reservation and use policies apply to campus community members, this policy does not apply to:
SUNY Plattsburgh is providing a Designated Public Forum Location for use by third parties for free speech purposes.
Reservation and Recordkeeping of the Use of Space
SUNY Plattsburgh shall not:
The Third Party Applicant is:
SUNY Plattsburgh reserves the right to terminate any use of the Designated Public Forum Location in the event either the speaker or a member(s) of an audience engages in conduct that violates the:
All applications must be reviewed and approved by the Assistant to the V.P. for Administration or designee. Completed applications to use the Designated Public Forum Location must be sent or hand delivered to:
Sean Brian Dermody
Assistant to the V.P. for Administration
710 Kehoe Administration Building
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Restricted Dates: SUNY Plattsburgh has restricted certain dates on its calendar wherein the use of the campus and its facilities, including outdoor spaces are reserved exclusively for campus-related activities that are at the very core of its primary educational mission. During these blackout periods, no third party shall be allowed to use the designated public forum for free speech purposes. SUNY Plattsburgh defines the restricted dates to include the following:
Designated Public Forum Location: SUNY Plattsburgh identifies the following outdoor space as its Designated Public Forum Location: the southern portion of Amite Plaza, from the northern side of the Amite Sculpture, bounded to the west by the Angell College Center, to the east by the Myers Fine Arts Building and south to the sidewalk along Rugar Street. A map outlining the Designated Public Forum Location is attached to this policy.
This location is the most highly pedestrian trafficked area on the main campus by students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Angell College Center houses several food venues, a convenience store, the Student Association offices, as well as several other student service offices and frequently used meeting rooms for the campus community. The use of the Designated Public Forum Location is also not likely to interfere with classroom instruction or dormitory residences.
The President shall have the authority to change, either permanently or temporarily, the site of the Designated Public Forum Location to another area of the campus to address concerns for the health, safety and welfare of the campus community.
Time Restriction/Noise Ordinance: Third Party Applicants will be allowed to use the Designated Public Forum Location during the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily and must comply with the City of Plattsburgh Noise Ordinance.
Third Party Applicant: A person(s) or group of individuals who want to use the Designated Public Forum Location for free speech purposes and the person(s) is not a student, faculty or staff member at SUNY Plattsburgh, and the person(s) is not officially sponsored by either the college and/or a recognized student group to speak at the college.
For more information about Administrative Policies approved by Executive Council, please contact:
Sean Brian Dermody
Assistant to the Vice President for Administration
Management Services Office
Office: Kehoe 710-11
Phone: (518) 564-2539
Fax: (518) 564-2540