Public Expression, Assembly, and Distribution of Written Materials

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: University of West Florida Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: December 19, 2016

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The University does not contain any traditional public forum areas.

In the interest of facilitating a “marketplace of ideas,” designed to provide opportunities for public debate and discourse while at the same time minimizing disruption to the campuses core functions, the University has designated an area for public expression (designated public forum). The lawn immediately west of the Pace Library is designated as the University’s Public Forum. The Designated Public Forum is also open to all individuals seeking to express their opinions without prior registration or approval. In the event that a Universitysponsored or sanctioned activity is scheduled to take place in the Designated Public Forum, alternative space will be made available to interested parties. The use of the Designated Public Forum is limited to regular university operating hours (Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

The exercise of public expression and assembly on the UWF campus by students, faculty, staff, guests and members of the public shall be in accordance with the guidelines set forth herein:

a. Scheduled Assemblies – Assemblies in all areas on the campus, except for the area designated as the “Designated Public Forum,” must be scheduled and approved according to the policies set forth in the locations/buildings/facilities in which they are to be held.
b. Unscheduled Assemblies – The lawn immediately west of the Pace Library (UWF’s Designated Public Forum) is established as the only campus location for unscheduled public assemblies.

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