Hate speech and/or messages that harass, as well as messages that can be construed as threats of emotional or physical harm toward an individual or group are not permitted.
The following designations and accompanying regulations pertain to the use of specific categories of University facilities and areas for the purpose of conducting any demonstration, meeting, or assembly. All areas must be utilized in a lawful and orderly manner, and are subject to those restrictions contained in Section A above.
1. Designated Unrestricted Areas: No reservation is required for utilization of the designated unrestricted areas listed below. However, in unusual circumstances reservation of a designated unrestricted area may be granted by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Lexington Campus at the Vice Chancellor’s discretion.
1. Free Speech Area: The Free Speech Area is located west of the Student Center and Alumni Gymnasium and bounded by those two buildings, Administration Drive, Limestone Street, and Euclid Avenue.
The Free Speech Area is available 24 hours per day when the University is officially in session and shall be made available to organizations and groups as defined above, as well to individual members of the University community. Sound amplification will be provided upon request during established operating hours of the Student Center, subject to 30 minutes prior notice necessary for proper hook-up and adjustment. The volume and direction of sound amplification equipment is under the supervision of the Director of the Student Center.
2. Student Center Patio: The Student Center Patio is available during the established operating hours of the Student Center and when not previously scheduled by the Student Activities Board. Sound amplification will be provided upon request, subject to 30 minutes prior notice necessary for proper hookup and adjustment. The volume and direction of sound amplification equipment is under the supervision of the Director of the Student Center.
All students of the University are citizens of the community and members of the University, and as such are guaranteed freedom of expression, inquiry, and assembly.
Communicate respectfully and civilly and promote a diverse, tolerant, and open environment
* do not display offensive materials, child pornography, or sexually oriented web pages or graphics
* do not use words to embarrass, intimidate, threaten, harass, or create a hostile, offensive environment
Harassment and/or abusive behavior toward persons. This includes, but is
not limited to:
a. Intimidation, invasion of privacy, verbal abuse, or any conduct constituting harassment, abuse or threats to the well-being of a person or group, including but not limited to communication via electronic means.
b. Harassment and/or intimidation of persons involved in a campus
disciplinary hearing, and of persons of authority who are in the
process of discharging their responsibilities.
c. The use of “fighting words” to harass any person is prohibited.
“Fighting words” are those personally abusive epithets which, when
directly addressed to any ordinary person, in the context used and as
a matter of common knowledge, are inherently likely to provoke an
immediate violent reaction, whether or not they actually do so. Such
words include, but are not limited to those terms widely recognized
to be derogatory references to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, disability, and other personal characteristics.
The following behaviors by a student or any guest of a student, whether acting alone or with any other persons, violate the Policy on Student Conduct:
3. Disorderly conduct that interferes with the rights of others
It shall constitute a violation to:
– Harass and/or intimidate (which includes conduct causing alarm or recklessly
creating a risk by threatening to commit crimes against persons or their property or the face to face use of inflammatory words) any person on college property or other property, which the student code applies. (Inflammatory
words are those personally abusive epithets which, when directly addressed to an ordinary person, in the context used and as matter of common knowledge, are inherently likely to provide an immediate violent reaction, whether or not they actually do. Such words include, but are not limited to, those terms widely recognized to be derogatory reference to race, ethnicity, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, disability and other personal characteristics.)
– Engage in lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression.
– Conduct oneself in such a manner so as to reflect unfavorably upon the
individual student or the college community.
USE OF FACILITIES/GROUNDS FOR MEETINGS, ASSEMBLIES, RALLIES,
University policy requires that all such events be
pre-approved and restricted to certain locations
designated as “public forum.” The director of the
Guerrieri University Center is the approval authority.
Copies of the policy and application may be obtained from that office.
1. Chalking, the writing of messages using water-soluble chalk, is permitted only on the
sidewalk, excluding stairs, that extends from between the Social Sciences and Academic IV Buildings
to between the Biological Sciences and Chemistry Buildings.
2. Only horizontal cemented areas may be used for chalking. Chalking on vertical surfaces is
prohibited. Chalking on bricks or brick pavers is prohibited.
3. Only groups or individuals directly affiliated with UMBC may chalk on campus.
4. All chalking must be registered through the Scheduling Office at least 7 days in advance of
the first day of chalking, unless there are no other chalking requests, in which case a sponsor may
request to chalk with fewer than 7 days’ notice. The procedures for registration follow in the
8. UMBC may not regulate the content of chalked messages unless they promote activity that
is illegal or violates University regulations or contains messages determined to be libelous.
9. The alternative viewpoint area is designated as the sidewalk near the pond and is the location that UMBC community members may use to chalk responses to registered messages.
10. Alternative viewpoint chalking must follow the regulations above, but must be removed on a twice-weekly basis without regard to length of time the message has been posted. The sponsor must remove an alternative viewpoint chalking on the following Tuesday or Friday.