ON-Lion Letter

In February, the State University of New York College at Brockport (SUNY Brockport) revised its speech codes, earning it the highest, "green-light" rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in Philadelphia.  In cooperation with FIRE, SUNY Brockport becomes the second institution in a week to join a prestigious group of colleges and universities that have revised their policies on student and faculty expression to ensure compliance with First Amendment standards.

"I am thrilled to have SUNY Brockport join the University of Maryland as the second institution within a week to earn a green light rating," said Azhar Majeed, director of FIRE's Individual Rights Education Program.  "I commend SUNY Brockport's administration for working with FIRE to further improve the university's policies and for the ease of the revision process."

When FIRE began working with SUNY Brockport last Fall, the school maintained two speech codes, earning it a "yellow-light" rating.  Following discussions with FIRE's Majeed, SUNY Brockport administrators revised the school's policy governing e-mail and Internet usage, as well as its posting policy.

SUNY Brockport chief communications officer David Mihalyov said, "At Brockport we are deeply committed to protecting the rights of all our students and faculty to ensure that we have a robust campus environment that encourages the full exchange of ideas and information that is the hallmark of a SUNY Brockport education."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports FIRE.

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