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CampusPolicy Number: 700-70

Speech and Advocacy

Policy Owner: Campus Activities
Effective Date: 9/15/92

On University grounds open to the public generally, all persons may exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression speech, assembly, worship and distribution and sale of non-commercial literature incidental to the exercise of these freedoms. Such activities shall not interfere with the orderly operation of the campus and must be conducted in accordance with campus time, place, and manner regulations.

  2. "Areas open to the public generally" are defined as the outdoor paved walkways on the campus. Tables may be used for the distribution of non-commercial literature on non-covered walkways only, if arrangements have been made through the Commons Scheduling Office. These same areas may also be sued for exercise of speech and assembly rights. Any pre-advertised activity, activity requiring sound amplification, or activity which can reasonably be expected to attract a crowd of 25 or more must be scheduled in advance in the Scheduling Office, and is limited to the Tower Mall or Speaker's Mound area. Amplified speech and music must be scheduled in advance with the Commons Desk, limited to:

    • Volume level maximum of a portable lecturnette so it doesn't interfere with classes or other activities.
    • Bell Tower, Speaker's Mound for speech or music and internal commons courtyard for music only. Simultaneous events may occur if they are not conflicting.
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from Noon to 1 p.m. - amplified speech/music is unnecessary and potentially disruptive to Commons study, classes, and other quiet enjoyment. Non-amplified speech is allowed anytime if it is non-disruptive.
    • Wednesdays - Limited to Campus Activities "Nooners" and may involve louder amplified activities allowed on Wednesdays.
    • Bookstore East Patio - Non-amplified, non-disruptive music may be scheduled at the Commons Desk for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from Noon to 1 p.m.