Freedom of expression is an individual right and therefore is not restricted to place. While freedom of expression is encouraged everywhere on campus, several outdoor campus spaces have come to be viewed as “University Commons,” places where individuals and groups assemble to exercise the right of free expression without necessarily having to schedule use of the space in advance.
Designated University Commons include the UU Plaza, Dexter Lawn and the Theatre Lawn. It should be noted that on occasion all or some portion of a University common may have been reserved in advance. In such cases the individuals or groups having initially reserved the University common will be deemed to have priority and other individuals or groups may be referred to another, available University common.
Other outdoor spaces on campus may be used as public gathering spaces for events and activities. Use of University scheduling protocols is encouraged in all cases, to facilitate coordination with other events and among potential campus service providers. Where amplified sound, equipment or commercialism are involved, use of University scheduling protocols is required.