UTDSP5001: Speech Expression and Assembly

University of Texas at Dallas

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1. The freedoms of speech, expression, and assembly are fundamental rights of all persons and are central to the mission of the University. Students, faculty, and staff have the right to assemble, to speak, and to attempt to attract the attention of others, and corresponding rights to hear the speech of others when they choose to listen and to ignore the speech of others when they choose not to listen. ...

3. Students, faculty, and staff are free to express their views, individually or in organized groups, orally or in writing or by other symbols, on any topic, in all parts of the campus, subject only to rules necessary to preserve the equal rights of others and the other functions of the University. Teaching, research, and other official functions of the University shall have priority in allocating the use of space on campus.


University persons and organizations may publicly assemble on campus in any place where, at the time of the assembly, the persons assembling are permitted to be. This right to assemble is subject to the rules in this policy, and to the rules on use of University property in UTDSP5002. No advance permission is required in the common outdoor areas.


Persons or organizations that are planning a public assembly in a common outdoor area, with or without a guest speaker, and with more than fifty expected participants, including potential counter-demonstrators, are strongly encouraged to provide advanced notice of no less than one week to the director of the Student Union to help the University improve the safety and success of the expressive activity. Members of the public may provide this notice by emailing reservations@utdallas.edu. If there is uncertainty about applicable University rules, the appropriateness of the planned location, or possible conflict with other events, persons and organizations are encouraged to consult the Dean of Students and director of the Student Union. Should the size of the assembly exceed the maximum number of participants that is safe for a given location, participants will be directed by campus authorities to relocate to a space that is better suited to the size of the assembly to the extent relocation is practicable.