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Use of Facilities by Third Parties for Free Speech Policy

Outlines the designated public forum locations for use by third parties for free speech purposes.

Policy Information

Policy Number Policy Owner
5012.1 Management Services


  • 4.0 Policy

    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

    1. Third parties who seek to use the Designated Public Forum Location must:
      1. Complete an Application for Use of the Designated Public Forum (see Forms) and receive formal approval; and,
      2. File the application with Management Services no less than five (5) business days before the date the applicant wants to use the Designated Public Forum Location (applications received after 3 p.m. on a given business day shall be considered as having been received on the morning of the next business day).  
      3. The applicant assumes responsibility for proper delivery to the Management Services office in a timely manner.  The office is located in Room 909A of the Kehoe Administration Building and is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for holidays and certain college restricted dates as noted above.
    1. SUNY Plattsburgh shall review the application and respond to the applicant no later than two (2) business days after the application to use the Designated Public Forum Location was submitted.
      1. If the application is completed fully and signed by the applicant, and the date and time is available for use, the college shall inform the applicant of its approval to use the Designated Public Forum Location on the date and time so requested.  
      2. If the application is not complete and/or it is not signed, the college shall return the application to the applicant for completion.  The five (5) business days time period will begin running again once the completed and signed application is received by the Management Services office.
      3. If the space is already reserved to its capacity for the date and time requested, or if the date and time requested is during a “restricted date” as defined above, the college shall inform the applicant of the same and offer the applicant the next available date and time for the use of the space.

    SUNY Plattsburgh shall not:

    1. Inquire as the nature or content of the free speech;
    2. Charge the applicant an application fee to reserve the designated public forum;
    3. Charge the applicant/third party for the use of the space;
    4. Impose insurance requirements on the applicant/third party; or
    5. Charge the applicant for any additional costs to SUNY Plattsburgh that the college may incur due to the use of the space by the applicant/third party, such as security.

    The Third Party Applicant is:

    1. Responsible for following all parking regulations at SUNY Plattsburgh including obtaining a Visitor’s Parking Permit from University Police; 
    2. Responsible for removing any brochures, pamphlets, leaflets or other handouts or goods the third party speaker brought to disseminate at the Designated Public Forum Location, and properly disposing of the same in public garbage receptacles or taking them with him/her.  New York State prohibits littering.  Failure to comply with this law may result in future denial of use of the Designated Public Forum Location; and
    3. Prohibited from bringing any amplification equipment to the Designated Public Forum Location. SUNY Plattsburgh will provide a microphone and sound system (weather permitting), and there may be a charge for the use of the equipment. A written request must be made when the application is submitted.

    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: 

    1. SUNY Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order, adopted in accordance with Education Law Section 6430 and 8 NYCRR 535, in order to secure the orderly and operation of the campus for the safety of the entire campus community or
    2. City of Plattsburgh Noise Ordinance. 

    All applications must be reviewed and approved by the Management Services.  Completed applications to use the Designated Public Forum Location must be sent or hand delivered to:

    Management Services, SUNY Plattsburgh, 909A Kehoe Administration Building,  101 Broad Street Plattsburgh, NY 12901

For additional information about this policy, please contact the Policy Owner listed above.

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