Expressive Activity Policy

Missouri State University

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Missouri State University is committed to providing an environment where issues can be openly discussed and explored. The freedom to exchange views is essential to the mission of the university. This policy is in place to provide a community environment in which open discussion can occur without disrupting the academic mission or daily university functions, subject to constitutional time, place, and manner limitations and without unconstitutionally interfering with the rights of others.

All individuals may exercise the right of assembly, free speech, and expression throughout the outdoor areas of campus, when doing so does not disrupt the academic mission or daily university functions, and is consistent with university policy regarding time, place, and manner limitations. Expressive activities will not be limited to any specific outdoor areas on the university campus. However, the right of assembly and expression does not include unlawful activity that endangers the safety of the campus community or that destroys university property. Expressive activities are not to unduly disrupt traffic, either vehicular or pedestrian, or violate other time, place, and manner parameters specified in this policy.

The following three locations on campus are most appropriate for outdoor forums, rallies, demonstrations and other similar activities:

  1. The Bear Paw, located in the North Mall
  2. Trottier Plaza, located at the northwest entrance to Robert W. Plaster Stadium
  3. Strong Hall Amphitheater, located outside the east entrance to Strong Hall

Individuals are not restricted to these outdoor locations for expressive activities.