Office of the Dean of Students: Guidelines for Speech and Expression on Campus

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: Purdue University Statement Rating: Green Last updated: May 26, 2017

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To facilitate robust debate and the free exchange of ideas, the University has designated the areas on campus described below for peaceable assembly and the expression of ideas and opinions. These areas may be used for expressive activity by individuals and groups, including non-students and other campus guests. In addition to their high visibility and easy accessibility, these areas have been identified as places where demonstrations and other expressive activities are least likely to disrupt University activities and functions. Each of these areas may be used without permission from the University so long as the area has not been previously reserved or scheduled for a particular function, the expressive activity does not disrupt or obstruct University functions, and the participants do not violate other University policies. The designated areas include the following malls and all public spaces contiguous thereto:

(a) Memorial Mall,
(b) Stadium Mall,
(c) Purdue Mall, and
(d) Centennial Mall.

Although it is not necessary for a person using one of these areas to obtain prior permission from the University, the University encourages such persons to contact the Office of Student Activities and Organizations in order to reserve or schedule the desired location in advance so as to minimize possible conflicts. Priority is given for use of specific locations by groups who register their assemblies with the University.

Nothing in the foregoing shall be interpreted as limiting the right of student expression elsewhere on the campus so long as the expressive activity or related student conduct does not disrupt University activities and functions or violate any other applicable University policies. Obstructing building entrances, walkways, and rights-of-way; obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic on or adjacent to campus; or interfering with classes, meetings, events or ceremonies or with other essential processes of the University will generally be considered to be disruptive of University activities and functions.

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