Student Organization Handbook: Free Speech, Demonstrations, and Political Campaigns

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: Indiana University – Bloomington Statement Rating: Green Last updated: September 14, 2017

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As an institution of higher education, Indiana University is committed to the free exchange of ideas. In accordance with its responsibilities under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Indiana University affords students, faculty, staff and visitors the right to assemble and express their opinions in public areas of the campus. The University is committed to protecting the free speech rights of students, faculty, staff and guests. Indiana University respects the Campus Community’s rights to free speech and expressive activity (such as assembling, speaking, writing, publishing and inviting speakers on any subject) within public and designated public forums, but also acts to preserve public health, safety and welfare, the normal business uses of the campus, and the rights of others to legitimately use and enjoy the campus.


There are numerous locations on campus available to express your views. Dunn Meadow (Assembly Grounds), outside Sample Gates, and all perimeter sidewalks maintained by the City of Bloomington are available for free speech activity. Students and citizens may want to offer a supportive or contrary opinion proximate to any campus program or activity. IU encourages civil dialogue, expression and sharing of opinions and beliefs. The following general conditions of use apply to all areas on the University campus:

  • Activities may not be conducted in a manner that violates any federal, state or local law.
  • Activities may not be conducted in a manner or at a time or place that is either incompatible or unreasonably interferes with the educational, research, service, or other legitimate functions of the University.
  • Activities may not be conducted in a manner that violates the rules, regulations, or policies of the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
  • Activities may not be conducted in a manner that violates applicable fire or safety regulations.
  • Activities may not disrupt academic activity, block egress (i.e. block safe access to exits and entrances, hallways, sidewalks, streets etc.) or pose a threat to the personal safety of community members.
  • Overnight camping is not a form of expression and, therefore, permission will not be granted to cook or live in overnight structures.

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