OSUTfreeexpression0607

By August 28, 2013

A goal of the faculty, students, administration, staff, and Board of Regents is for Oklahoma
State University to be a superior educational center for the preservation, transmission, and discovery of knowledge. The wide
variety of extracurricular activities at Oklahoma State University represents one way this goal is achieved. Therefore, these
activities are an integral part of the total educational mission of the university. In fulfilling this mission, the university must
recognize and protect free inquiry and free expression as indispensable components of the critical examination of philosophies and
ideas. Given the unique mission of educational institutions in a democratic society, this inquiry should be more open and vigorous
and should consequently have greater protection than in society at large, provided that such inquiry does not infringe upon the
rights of others. Commitment to free inquiry and expression creates a strong presumption against prohibition of expression based
upon its content.

OSUTfreeexpression0607

By August 28, 2013

The freedoms of expression and assembly as guaranteed by the
first and fourteenth amendments of the United States Constitution shall be enjoyed by all members of the academic community.
Free discussion of subjects of either controversial or non- controversial nature, even when they are considered to be offensive or
in poor taste, shall not be curtailed.

OSUTfreeexpression0607

By August 28, 2013

The First Amendment of the
Constitution protects and guarantees freedom of speech by prohibiting any law which would serve to deny or limit expression.
Through the Fourteenth Amendment, this prohibition is extended to all actions of state government, including those of publicly
supported universities. Accordingly, expression may not be denied or limited, based upon content, unless it is determined in a
state or federal court proceeding that such speech or expression is not protected by the Constitution.