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- 2. Imagine there is a speaker on campus saying things that you deem hateful
- 3. Suppose that one of your professors is bringing in a guest speaker/lecturer that you believe is inappropriate or offensive.
- 4. Imagine there is a speaker known to say things you deem hateful who has been invited to speak on campus by a member of faculty, staff, registered student organization or other recognized group.
- 5. Imagine you would like to protest action by university administration by physically and actively expressing your disagreement.
Planning an Event
Whether using amplified sound, bringing in a speaker or displaying symbolic structures, there are many things to consider. When planning an event, a registered student organization (RSO) must make space reservations through the Facilities Reservations. Once space is reserved, staff in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) can help provide logistical support and guidance, including help with time, place and manner regulations, to set the stage for a successful event. Learn more by visiting CSIL's website.
Time, Place and Manner Restrictions
In public forums such as the Quad, the university may not regulate the content of speech but can place reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions. Examples of permissible university time, place, and manner restrictions include:
- Time: Amplified sound is limited to certain hours.
- Place: Posting of information on university buildings is limited to designated bulletin boards. Please contact the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) or Conferences Services and Events, for more information.
- Manner: Distribution of literature may not obstruct the ingress and egress from university buildings.
Reporting Violations or Concerns
Salisbury University students have constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly and worship, as well as rights to due process and equal protection. The Student Accountability & Community Standards Office is guided by the belief that a community exists on the basis of shared values and principles. We aim to foster a community, at Salisbury University and beyond, where integrity and respect are the established norm, and where each community member understands that this is a responsibility that must be shared by all. Staff can provide advice and assistance to students by answering questions and resolving concerns about their rights, as well as informal and formal grievance procedures. If you have questions you can contact the Office of Student Accountability and Community Standards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responding to spoken word by students and others
"[T]he way to deal with extreme, unfounded speech is not with less speech — it is with more speech, informed by facts and persuasive argument. Educating students from an informed "more speech" approach as opposed to silencing an objectionable speaker should be one of academia's key roles. After all, these students will graduate into a country where objectionable speech is the current coin of the realm."
—President Janet Napolitano, It's Time to Free Speech on Campus Again (October 2, 2016)