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2.01.001 - Intellectual Discourse and Freedom of Speech

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Approved: 3/24/2003
Reaffirmed: 11/20/2012
Approved By: Board of Trustees
Section: 01 - GENERAL

The Board of Trustees affirms its commitment to the principles of free speech guaranteed by the constitution of the United States.  At the same time, the Board believes that intellectual discourse, in order to permit analytical thought and informed dialogue, must be in an environment free from intimidation and violence.

To this end, it is the desire of the Board of Trustees to have the College provide an environment in which representatives of diverse groups can advocate for their views while ensuring that the core activities of student learning, teaching, and providing of services are not interrupted.  The Board, therefore, directs the President to develop and publish procedures governing the use of College facilities by members of the College community and the general public for public debate, dissent, and/or demonstration.

In development of these procedures, the President is to ensure that limits and restrictions imposed are content neutral.  Concurrently, the procedures must clearly establish the limits of allowable public protest and define the consequences for violence, intimidation, disruption of classes, or the orderly delivery of services, takeover of building, interference with campus communication or networks, or any other activity that interferes with the ability of students, faculty, or staff to do their work.