Stony Brook University Free Speech Statement

Stony Brook University is dedicated to open inquiry, knowledge, and insight. As such, free speech and peaceful assembly are fundamental to our mission.

At the same time, the University is deeply committed to equality, civility, caring, responsibility, accountability, and respect. We revere and foster these core values.

True freedom of expression entails a responsibility to acknowledge and respect the beliefs of others. As an inclusive community, we will not encroach on the rights of others, either as individuals or as groups, and will never fail to respect our differences. In keeping with our mission and values, we will often agree to disagree.

The resources listed here set forth University policies and information that pertain to free speech and expression. The Frequently Asked Questions page offers further guidance. If you have additional questions, please direct them to