Freedom of Expression Policy

No rights are more highly regarded at California State University, Dominguez Hills than the first amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the right to assemble peaceably. CSUDH remains firmly committed to affording every member of the University community the opportunity to engage in peaceful and orderly protests and demonstrations which do not disrupt the operations of the University. However, such opportunities must be provided on an equal basis and adhere to the basic principle of the University being neutral to the content of any public demonstration. In order to achieve this objective, while at the same time insuring that the University fulfills its educational mission, the University has the responsibility to regulate the time, place and manner of expression. Through such regulation, the University can assure equal opportunity for all persons, preserve order within the University community, protect and preserve the University property, and provide a secure environment to individuals exercising freedom of expression.

Speeches and Demonstrations

The area designated as the "Free Expression Area" for speeches and demonstrations is the concrete pad located on the west side of the Loker University Student Union, lower level, adjacent to the University Sculpture Garden. The Free Expression Area is generally available for speeches and demonstrations between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Use of the Free Expression Area for speaking, demonstrating and other forms of expression by off-campus individuals is to be scheduled through the University Facilities Scheduling Office in the Office of Procurement, Contracts, Logistical & Support Services (PCLASS) located in Welch Hall.

Use of the Free Expression Area for speaking, demonstrating and other forms of expression by students, faculty, staff or University organizations is to be scheduled through the Student Union Administrative Office.

Other areas of the campus and other times are occasionally used for speeches and demonstrations. Plans for speeches and demonstrations in other areas and times must be approved by the Office of Procurement, Contracts, Logistical and Support Services (PCLASS) at least 48 hours in advance of the event. Such plans will be considered in accordance with the principle of content neutrality and the provisions stated below.

Distribution of Written Material

Non-commercial pamphlets, handbills, circulars, newspapers, magazines and other written materials may be distributed on a person-to-person basis in open areas outside of buildings and other closed structures on the campus. However, no stand, table or booth shall be used in distribution except in the Sculpture Garden and only with the permission of the Office of Procurement, Contracts, Logistical and Support Services (PCLASS). The University maintains a position of neutrality as to the content of any written material distributed on the campus under this policy.

The distribution of commercial materials and publications is governed by Sections 42350-42356 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

Provisions

In order that persons exercising freedom of expression not interfere with the operation of the University or the rights of others, the following shall apply without exception to any form of expression and will be used to evaluate any plans requiring approval. Reasonable limitations may be placed on the time, place and manner of speeches, demonstrations and distribution of written material in order to serve the interest of health and safety, prevent disruption of the educational process, and protect against the invasion of the rights of others.