With SUNY Counsel guidance, the College clarified its disorderly/disruptive conduct policy effective for the 2018-19 academic year to include the “heckler’s veto” as a violation of free speech and therefore disruptive conduct.

24.00 Disorderly/Disruptive Conduct
.01 No person shall engage in disorderly conduct which interferes with the rights of others, including: criminal mischief (vandalism); recklessly creating a public inconvenience or disturbance by fighting; making unreasonable noise; using abusive or obscene language; disturbing a class, meeting, event, rally or speaker; or acting in a manner that substantially or repeatedly infringes upon or violates the rights of others, including their free speech rights (e.g.- sustained or repeated disruption so a person cannot be heard); obstructing pedestrian or vehicle traffic, or creating a hazardous or physically offensive situation by an act which serves no legitimate purpose.


(Penalty: Disciplinary Probation, Suspension (Held in Abeyance) or Suspension, and possibly Financial Restitution)