Free Speech and Assembly

 Free Speech and Assembly Policy


The University has established high visibility areas on campus in order to facilitate


robust debate and the free exchange of ideas. These “free speech zones” may be used


by any person, including non-students and other campus guests:


a. Weathersby Lawn


b. Union Plaza


c. Shoemaker Square


d. Kennard-Washington Lawn


e. Centennial Lawn


B. These may be used without permission from the University so long as the area has not


been previously reserved or scheduled for a particular function, no sound


amplification is used, no structure is erected, and the participants do not violate other


University policies. For a person using these free speech zones to obtain prior


permission, they should visit the Dean of Students’ office 48 hours in advance in


order to make adequate arrangements for safety and security and to ensure the space


desired is available. Any speaker may be denied or asked to leave if the speech


constitutes an immediate and serious danger to the institution’s orderly operation by


the speaker's incitement of such actions by:


1. The willful damage or destruction or seizure and subversion of the


institution's buildings or other property;


2. The forcible disruption or impairment or interference with the


institution’s regularly scheduled classes or other educational functions;


3. The physical harm, coercion, intimidation or other invasion of lawful


rights of the institution’s officials, faculty members or students; or


4. Other campus disorder of a violent nature.


Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as limiting the right of student expression


elsewhere on the campus so long as the expressive activities or related student conduct


does not violate any other applicable University policies.


C. If a student organization desires to demonstrate in an area of campus outside of the


“free speech zones” or if the student organization intends to advertise for an event or


anticipates an event that may draw a large crowd or impede pedestrian or vehicular


traffic or will involve a parade, march or other similar activity, the University requires


the student organization to complete an event form through the Office of Student


Activities in advance of the activity. The Office of Student Activities will work with the


organization to meet the request or find a suitable time and location that balances the


rights of the student organization with the rights of others and the University’s


educational mission. The purpose of this policy is not to designate University streets


and common areas as a public forum or to accommodate demonstrations or protests by


those who are not part of the University community (non-students and other campus


guests). Rather, the purpose of this policy is to promote and facilitate student


expression while allowing the University to make any necessary arrangements (such as


arranging parade route, providing security) to assure such activities do not interfere


with the University’s mission and operations or with the rights of others. Should an


outside group or individual student wish to conduct an organized demonstration or to


demonstrate in areas other than the “free speech zones”, the group should seek the


sponsorship of a registered student organization.