Interim Policy on Time, Place, and Manner of Free Expression

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: California State University – Bakersfield Statement Rating: Green Last updated: December 1, 2016

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IV Public Meetings, Performances, Rallies, Demonstrations, or
Similar Public Events

Members of the University community and non-University community may use campus buildings and grounds for public meetings, performances, rallies and similar events. However, any groups, whether students, faculty, staff or other members of the University community, or non-University groups, that seek to hold events inside buildings, the amphitheater, or on athletic venues or fields, must use the CSUB Facility Use Application procedures. Those procedures are found by accessing the link “Plan an Event” at the bottom of the CSUB web page, The highest priority for the use of University facilities is for the regular University instructional program (i.e., teaching and instructional programs for credit), followed by instructionally related activities and programs; research and consultant activities; and educational and co-curricular activities. Not all University facilities are available.

Non-amplified outdoor demonstrations, rallies or protests may be held elsewhere on University property, without requiring the CSUB Facility Use Application procedures, provided they adhere to the general limitations described in Section III. Any group that wishes to conduct such a demonstration or protest should contact the University Police Department, located in Building 6PS, and reached by phone at 661-654-2111 and by email at [email address], 48 hours in advance, to address public safety issues (routes of march, necessary public safety staffing, etc.), unless such notice is impossible because the event is the result of a news item coming into public knowledge less than 48 hours before the event.

When speech is part of a planned event in a building (i.e., an invited speaker), an individual or group wishing to protest at an event may do so as long as any speaker’s right to free speech and the audience’s right to see and hear the speaker are not violated. In the interest of protecting the free speech right of all, University representatives may warn anyone interfering with a speaker’s freedom of expression to cease the disruptive behavior. If such warnings are not heeded, those individuals may be removed from the event.

Consistent with the CSUB Facility Use Application procedures, use of campus facilities or other property may be subject to a fee, such as for rent, security, parking or custodial services, and/or require liability insurance and/or an indemnity agreement. Such fees will be determined based solely on the number of attendees, wear and tear, risk management and health and safety standards. The content or subject of the speech will not be considered.

V Designated Public Forum

The area adjacent to the west side of the Student Union (Runner Park) including the patio area is designated as a public forum area in which all members of the University community and non-University community may exercise their free speech rights without special restriction, subject only to the limitations in Sections III and VI, including time restrictions. This area is available to individual students, faculty, and staff and to University organizations on a first come first served basis for free speech activities.

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