VI General Rules Regarding Free Expression at CSU Bakersfield
At California State University, Bakersfield, the time, place, and manner of expression are limited solely by the following general conditions and the additional specific conditions as defined in this policy and those referenced policies.
The exercise of free speech and assembly rights must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws. In addition, such activities may not:
- Interfere with or disrupt the conduct of University sanctioned business, operations, and activities;
- Obstruct the flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic;
- Employ unauthorized sound amplification or create unreasonable noise disruptive of normal University activities;
- Harass or intimidate persons in the immediate area of the activity;
- Promote commercial solicitation;
- Violate any federal, state, local safety code, such as regulations set by the State Fire Marshall;
There shall be no restrictions on legal free speech activity based on the content of such speech or expression or on the political, religious, or other affiliations of speakers.
VII Designated Public Forum
Three areas on campus have been designated as public forums in which speakers may address those wishing to listen. The Runner Park Lawn Area (adjacent to the Cafe Quad), Classroom Building Quad(east of Faculty Towers) and Icardo Center Lawn between the University Police Department and the Icardo Center are designated as a public forum for Free Expression. These areas are available to any person, but members of the University community and their organizations shall have preference in the use of these areas. Use of the facilities may be reserved through the Office of the Director of the Student Union and Organizational Governance.
VIII Distribution of Printed Materials
Provided the activity conforms to the limitations in Section VI, individuals or organizations may, without prior scheduling, hand out non-commercial written and printed materials including leaflets, fliers, handbills, posters, petitions and circulars in any outdoor area of the university except roadways, parking lots and athletic fields and arenas. The event should occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session.
IX Posting of Printed Materials
In accordance with the CSUB Posting Policy, posting or display of items must be approved and posted in a designated area. Requests for the designated posting areas and approval to post are sought through the Office of the Director of the Student Union and Organizational Governance.
- Demonstrations and picketing on campus are legitimate means of expression. Anyone who wishes to engage in demonstrations and picketing shall be permitted to do so freely, as long as their conduct is not violent and does not unduly disrupt the functioning of the University or interfere with the rights of other members of the University community or damage University or private property.
- The term “demonstration” as used herein means any rally, gathering, protest, parade or procession.
- Picketing or demonstrating must be orderly at all times and must not jeopardize public order or safety.
- Picketing or demonstrating must not interfere with the entrances to buildings or the normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
- Picketing or demonstrating must not interfere with organized meetings or other assemblies in such a way as to invade the rights of others to assemble and the rights of speakers to free expression.
- Picketing or demonstrating must not interfere with classes and teaching, the use of offices or research facilities, the privacy of University housing, Counseling Services, Health Services, and other University activities related to teaching or research.