Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression Policy

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: Longwood University Statement Rating: Green Last updated: November 3, 2017

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No rights are more highly regarded at Longwood University than the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the right to assemble peaceably.

In order that the persons exercising freedom of expression not interfere with the operation of the University, violate state or federal law or the rights of others, the following shall apply without exception to any form of expression.

1. The University does not permit expression that is not protected by law. Such expression includes defamation, incitement to unlawful conduct, imminent threats of actual violence or harm, obscenity, fighting words, copyright or trademark violation, criminal or civil harassment, sexual harassment and misconduct, trespass, and false advertising.
2. There may be no interference, including sound amplification, with educational and administrative activities inside or outside of buildings on campus and/or University managed property
3. There must be no obstruction of entrances or exits to buildings and/or activities.
4. There may be no attempt to prevent scheduled University ceremonies, activities or events.
5. Malicious or unwarranted damage to or destruction of property owned or operated by the University or by students, faculty, staff, or visitors to the University is prohibited. Persons or organizations causing such damage are financially and legally responsible.
6. All persons must comply with all state and federal laws and University rules, regulations and policy. Violators will be referred for appropriate legal or disciplinary action.
7. Public sidewalks and streets shall not be obstructed, preventing the passage of any vehicle or pedestrian. Illegal obstruction is a violation of Virginia Criminal Law (§ 18.2-404, Riot and Unlawful Assembly), obstructing the free passage of others.

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