Middle Georgia State University Policy Manual: 6.4 Freedom of Expression Policy

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For students, student organizations, and other members of the MGA community, open outdoor areas of campus are venues for expression. The designation of forum areas herein may not be used to prohibit them from engaging in expressive activities consistent with this policy elsewhere on campus, and it does not apply to University-sponsored activities. Rather, the policy only sets forth reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on campus expression; and it establishes as designated public forums certain outdoor areas of MGA’s campus and sets forth requirements for forum reservations in the following limited circumstances: (1) members of the MGA community who plan an event with 30 or more persons and (2) individuals or groups who are not members of the MGA community who wish to speak on MGA’s campus. By placing reasonable limitations on time, place, and manner of speech, MGA does not take into consideration or take a position on the content or viewpoint of the expression, but allows for a diversity of viewpoints to be expressed in an academic setting.

Spontaneous Large Group Expression – If an individual or small group of individuals within the MGA community, while engaging in spontaneous expression, attracts a group of 30 or more persons (not including those who may gather to protest the expression), then a representative from the group should provide the University with as much notice as circumstances reasonably permit. MGA reserves the right to direct a group of 30 or more persons to one of the Designated Campus 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 University. The MGA official must not consider or impose restrictions based on the content or viewpoint of the expression when relocating any expression.

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