Student Handbook: GGC Freedom of Expression Policy- Designation of Public Forums on GGC’s Campus

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To accommodate the need for immediate and spontaneous demonstration and to better facilitate the free exchange of ideas, GGC has designated FORUM A and FORUM B as public forums on GGC’s campus (“Public Forum Areas”), which are depicted on the enclosed map. These Public Forum Areas are generally available from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, provided that the Public Forum Areas have not previously been reserved. Reservations will only be processed on days that GGC’s Administrative Offices are open for business (“college business days”). Though reservations to use the Public Forum Areas are only required as set forth in Section C and Section D below, GGC recommends that all parties interested in utilizing the Public Forum Areas submit a completed Forum Reservation Request Form to GGC’s Office of Student Integrity in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs prior to use so that GGC may minimize scheduling conflicts, accommodate all interested users, and provide adequate security for the speaker and the audience.

Members of the GGC community who plan to engage in expressive activity on campus in a group that is expected to consist of 30 or more persons must submit a completed Forum Reservation Request Form to GGC’s Office of Student Integrity in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs two college business days prior to the scheduled activity and must receive approval in writing from a Student Affairs official prior to engaging in such activity.

If an individual or small group of individuals within the GGC community, while engaging in spontaneous expression, attracts a group of 30 or more persons, then a representative from the group should provide the College with as much notice as circumstances reasonably permit. GGC reserves the right to direct a group of 30 or more persons to one of the Public Forum Areas or another available area of campus in order to ensure the safety of campus members, to provide for proper crowd control, and to limit disruption of the academic and other operations of the College. The GGC official must not consider or impose restrictions based on the content or viewpoint of the expression when relocating any expression.

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