Freedom of Speech

University Conduct Code

535.3 Prohibited conduct

No person, either singly or in concert with others, shall:

1. willfully cause physical injury to any other person, nor threaten to do so for the purpose of compelling or inducing such other person to refrain from any act which he has a lawful right to do or to do any act which he has a lawful right not to do;

2. physically restrain or detain any other person, nor remove such person from any place where he is authorized to remain;

3. willfully damage or destroy property of the institution or under its jurisdiction, nor remove or use such property without authorization;

4. without permission, expressed or implied, enter into any private office of an administrative officer, member of the faculty or staff member;

5. enter upon and remain in any building or facility for any purpose other than its authorized uses or in such manner as to obstruct its authorized use by others;

6. without authorization, remain in any building or facility after it is normally closed;

7. refuse to leave any building or facility after being required to do so by an authorized administrative officer;

8. obstruct the free movement of persons and vehicles in any place to which these rules apply;

9. deliberately disrupt or prevent the peaceful and orderly conduct of classes, lectures and meetings or deliberately interfere with the freedom of any person to express his views, including invited speakers;

10. knowingly have in his possession upon any premises to which these rules apply, any rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, or other firearm or weapon without the written authorization of the chief administrative officer; whether or not a license to possess the same has been issued to such person;

11. willfully incite others to commit any of the acts herein prohibited with specific intent to procure them to do so; or

12. take any action, create, or participate in the creation of, any situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or which involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization.

535.4 Freedom of speech and assembly; picketing and demonstrations

1. No student, faculty or other staff member or authorized visitor shall be subject to any limitation or penalty solely for the expression of his views nor for having assembled with others for such purpose. Peaceful picketing and other orderly demonstrations in public areas of ground and building will not be interfered with. Those involved in picketing and demonstrations may not, however, engage in specific conduct in violation of the provisions of the preceding section.

2. In order to afford maximum protection to the participants and to the institutional community, each State-operated institution of the State University shall promptly adopt and promulgate, and thereafter continue in effect as revised from time to time, procedures appropriate to such institution for the giving of reasonable advance notice to such institution of any planned assembly, picketing or demonstration upon the grounds of such institution, its proposed locale and intended purpose, provided, however, that the giving of such notice shall not be made a condition precedent to any such assembly, picketing or demonstration and provided further, that this provision shall not supersede nor preclude the procedures in effect at such institution for obtaining permission to use the facilities thereof.

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