Student Handbook: Free Expression Policy

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: Bridgewater State University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: May 23, 2017

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As defined below, public forum areas are generally available for speeches and demonstrations between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Except as further provided below, the use of these areas for speaking, demonstrating, and other forms of expression must be approved at least 24 hours in advance by the university’s chief of police or his or her designee.

Other areas of the campus and other times are occasionally used for speeches and demonstrations. Such activities in these limited forum areas must be approved by the chief of police or designee at least 48 hours in advance.

Traditional public forums include the university’s lawns, sidewalks, malls, and similar common areas such as the Boyden Quadrangle and the Maxwell Library Mall.

These facilities shall be available to any person, but members of the university community and their organizations shall have preference in the use of the facilities.

… Exceptions to the advance approval requirement may be made in the case of spontaneous speech-related events which are occasioned by news or affairs coming into public knowledge less than 24 hours prior to such event. In such a case, responsive expressional activities in the public forum areas of the campus require no advance notice.

No speech or demonstration may create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts, or include “fighting words,” which are those words that by their very utterance tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.

 

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