UPPS No. 07.04.07: Demonstrations on University Property

Texas State University - San Marcos

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The common outdoor areas of the university are traditional public forums, subject to such reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of individual expression as the president, or designee, may impose.

Time, place, and manner restrictions are content-neutral limitations imposed by the government on expressive activity and have been well defined by federal courts. Such restrictions must satisfy a three-prong test outlined by the United States Supreme Court:

a. be content-neutral and viewpoint-neutral;

b. be narrowly tailored to serve a significant governmental interest; and

c. leave open ample alternative channels for communicating the speaker’s message.


Traditional Public Forum – includes the outdoor property owned or leased by the university that is available without the need for reservation or prior approval for expressive activity or demonstration, planned or spontaneous.