Statement on Freedom of Expression on Campus

from United University Professions (UUP) – New Paltz Executive Cte

As the union representing academic and professional faculty here at SUNY New Paltz, we would like to reiterate that both academic freedom and the First Amendment rights of free expression and assembly to redress grievances are essential to all of us in the SUNY New Paltz community.  In keeping with these fundamental values, UUP will never support the mass arrest or intimidation of those exercising their right to protest or speak out against injustice.

We stand in solidarity with all of our students for their right to peaceful assembly and expression of their deeply considered views of the world, this country, this State, and the connections that they identify between these and our institution of higher education. They are here to educate themselves and to take forward from this place the mantle of leadership of the next generation, imbued with values of equity, critical thinking, and compassion for others, and it is our privilege to have played a role in that journey.

We urge the Administration to refrain from invoking academic discipline on students who are committed to expressing themselves through peaceful means, and to refrain from escalating matters by calling for police action to enforce policy infractions.

Our ultimate success as a learning community can only take place if we all maintain our commitment to (deep) listening to one another, respectful negotiation of differences, and a willingness to take part in what at times may be difficult conversations, without resort to the use of force or violence.

Posted in solidarity | Tagged , | Leave a comment

NYC Enacted Budget for 2024-25


  • Last year’s $163M increase to the system from last year’s budget is maintained; 
  • New operating aid of $114M authorized for the SUNY state-operated campuses; 
  • New full-time faculty funding of $53M for state-operated campuses and community colleges; 
  • Educational Opportunity Programs will receive an additional $1.9M, for a total of $44M; 
  • TAP GAP funding increases by $5.1M, to a total of $54.7M; 
  • The Benjamin Center funded with $150K for the year; 
  • $860M in new capital funds for campus maintenance and improvements systemwide; 
  • Closure of Downstate Medical Center averted! 

You can consult a much more comprehensive summary of the newly-enacted NYS budget here for the full PDF.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Twin Star Orchard/
Brooklyn Cider House
155 N Ohioville Rd.
New Paltz, NY
Friday, May 10 from 4-7pm
Wood-fired pizza & burgers
+ soft drinks (water, sparkling cider, soda)
hard cider & beer available onsite at cost
Gathering is FREE to UUP dues-paying members; non-UUP guests $45 each, payable by check at the event.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment