Freedom of Expression Policy Update

October 3, 2016

Interim Chairperson Onyejiukwa received a number of inquiries from delegates at the September 25, 2016 USS Plenary regarding the status of the CUNY Freedom of Expression Policy. Chairperson Onyejiukwa explained that a small committee of students met with the CUNY central administration recently about the policy and that the General Counsel's office has released a new draft (September 30,2016) of the CUNY Freedom of Expression Policy


On June 20, 2016, at the Bronx Public Hearing of the Board of Trustees, dozens of faculty and students voiced their concerns about the proposed "CUNY Policy on Freedom of Expression and Expressive Conduct." The policy was scheduled to be brought for a vote at the June CUNY Board of Trustees meeting. The proposed policy was, however, tabled and the CUNY Board released the following statement:


"It was clear from testimony at the public hearing on June 20, 2016, and other communications that there are questions and concerns about the proposed policy. The Chairperson and the Chancellor have determined that there should be additional consultation and discussion. Accordingly, this item is included on the calendar solely for informational purposes. A proposed policy will be considered by the Board of Trustees at a later time, following additional consultation and discussion."


Though there is currently a working draft in circulation at the CUNY central office, the Freedom of Expression Policy is not on the calendar for the October 26, 2016 Board of Trustees Meetings. 


Interim Chairperson Onyejiukwa has referred the item to the USS Civic Affairs Committee. The committee will report on the new draft at the next USS Plenary meeting on October 16, 2016. 


USS is soliciting feedback from students to bring to the board. 





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