CSU Policy 5-1001-003: Free Speech and Right to Peaceful Assembly

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Public Forum: An area of the University recognized by the University as a traditional destination for public speech and assembly, and that may be reserved in advance for specific events or gatherings, subject to the provisions of this Policy. An example is the Lory Student Center Plaza.

Student Forum: As applied to students, any generally accessible, open, outdoor area on campus, as well as any nonacademic and publicly open portion of a facility that the University has traditionally made available for expressive purposes. Student forums are subject to time, place and manner restrictions that are reasonable, content neutral, narrowly tailored to serve a significant governmental interest and leave open ample alternative channels for communication of the information or message.

Other Public Areas: Areas of the University that are traditionally open to all for public discourse and expression, subject to the provisions of this Policy, such as grounds and common areas.

The Lory Student Center Plaza is a public forum traditionally utilized at Colorado State University, and is open to all individuals for the purpose of exercising free speech and assembly, in accordance with the provisions of this Policy. Space on the LSC Plaza may be reserved by academic and administrative units or registered student organizations on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations are required for events that will make use of the entire LSC Plaza. Such events are limited to registered student organizations and campus academic or administrative units, and are restricted to three days per group, per semester, on a first come, first-served basis. Reservations are strongly encouraged to ensure the availability of space.  When the LSC Plaza is reserved for an Official University Event, no other expressive activity that would disrupt the Official University Event is permitted.

While the University’s public areas are open to all for expressive activities, including any student forum available to enrolled students, whether planned or spontaneous, all events and gatherings on campus, whether or not scheduled in advance, must be for the purposes of carrying out lawful activities without undue disruption of the campus’ operations, without harming or creating a threat of harm to persons or property, and in compliance with this policy and the Large Event Guidelines. Nothing in this Policy shall be construed to limit or constrain the duties and authority of the University, nor law enforcement authorities, to maintain order and protect public safety. Contact Facilities Management if free speech assemblies are desired at locations other than the LSC Plaza so that assistance can be provided in avoiding scheduling conflicts, and protecting the safety of the campus community.

Public areas are not open for commercial expression (such as solicitations and advertisements) except as provided above. See also, Colorado State University Policy on Sales and Solicitations.

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