First Amendment Freedom of Speech, Assembly, and Expression – 518.3

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: First Amendment Freedom of Speech, Assembly, and Expression
Policy Number: 518.3
Effective Date: April 1, 2010 (review date)


The encouragement of freedom of speech, assembly, and expression is among the highest goals of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock). Colleges and universities are ideally free marketplaces of ideas. This dictates that all points of view are welcome since free expression is a basic tenet of the academic arena. Colleges and universities have an inherent authority to maintain order as well as freedom on the campus. The UA Little Rock campus is not public in the sense of parks or streets and thus not open for expression of free speech and assembly by the general public and students at all times and places.

The rights of students and groups to express views through speech, assembly, and expression are protected on campus so long as they do not materially disrupt normal campus function, interfere with the rights of others, or engage in destruction of property. All students and groups must abide by university policies and regulations in the UA Little Rock Student Handbook.

Students and individuals are permitted to exercise their First Amendment freedom of speech rights on campus at specific times and in designated areas. The areas designated to exercise these rights include Donaghey Student Center (DSC) Mall between the west end of the DSC and the Mailroom and the Administration South and North Building Malls. Other outdoor designated areas may be approved on request to the dean of students or designee in consultation with the appropriate university official in charge of the requested outdoor space. An advance notice of forty-eight (48) hours to the Office of Campus Life (OCL) is required to allow the university to check the Master Calendar of Events, clear facilities requested if needed, and provide adequate Department of Public Safety (DPS) protection for both the individual and for university property. Normally, the designated hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

University officials may limit free speech if that speech materially and substantially disrupts the work and discipline of the university, is staged in a manner that congests access or passage, or due to noise or location and expression is imposed on semi-captive audiences or offensively on unwilling third parties, or is within the laws of obscenity or incitement to action.

Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students

The University Assembly endorses the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Policy set forth in its Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students. For information regarding this policy, contact the Office of the Dean of Students.

Source: UALR Student Handbook 2009
Approved By: Existing Policy
Custodian: Campus Life