Miami University Policy Library: Public Speaking, Leaflet Distribution, and Demonstrations

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Miami University embraces the rights of expression, affiliation, and peaceful assembly. Miami University faculty, staff, and students may express their views by demonstrating peacefully for ideas they wish to make known, and the University will protect these rights. The University has an equal and co-extensive obligation to protect the rights and freedoms of those who choose not to participate. Additionally, the University has a duty to protect its property and to assure the continuation of the University’s teaching, research, administrative, and service functions.

The term “Demonstrations” as used in this policy includes, but is not limited to, picketing, petition circulation, public speech making, rallies, the appearance of public speakers in outdoor areas, mass protest meetings to display group feelings or sentiments. Demonstrations do not include University sponsored Campus Events. Any public speaking, leafletting or demonstration that meets the definition of a Campus Event must also comply with the Campus Event Policy.

Demonstrations may not impede ingress or egress to the University, any University property, parking lot, building, facility, or event. Thus, demonstrators must stay at least twenty-five (25) feet from the entrance to any University building, property, parking lot, facility or event, including entrances to construction sites.

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