The SUNY Board of Trustees provides the following statement regarding academic freedom:
It is the policy of the University to maintain and encourage full freedom, within the law, of inquiry, teaching, and research. In the exercise of this freedom faculty members may, without limitation, discuss their own subject in the classroom; they may not, however, claim as their right the privilege of discussing in their classroom controversial matter, which has no relation to the subject. The principle of academic freedom shall be accompanied by a corresponding principle of responsibility. In their role as citizens, employees have the same freedom as other citizens. However, in their extramural utterances employees have an obligation to indicate that they are not institutional spokespersons.