8. Student Programs and Requirements

8.4. Student Activities

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8.4.3. Student Organization Free Speech and Speaker Policy

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Effective Date: 4-19-1972

Revision Date: 10-20-2017


Free speech is essential to Eastern Michigan University’s educational mission. The University will enable faculty, staff, student organizations and other groups to host a variety of events on campus in the spirit of the free exchange of ideas and thereby to supplement and enrich students’ educational experience. Views expressed should be stated openly in order to allow for critical evaluation.

Toward that end, the University makes certain event facilities and spaces available to faculty, staff, and student organizations and to other non-University users.

The goal is for all University events to be orderly and peaceful so as many persons as possible can participate in and benefit from an open exchange of ideas.   Because events can sometimes raise security concerns, the University will strive to ensure safety while protecting the First Amendment rights of those who wish to participate in on campus events.

Accordingly, the University will promulgate reasonable rules and regulations surrounding the use of its campus facilities with the dual goals of protecting the First Amendment Rights of members of its community and safety and security of persons paramount.    



The University policies and procedures governing Free Speech and Expression on Campus can be located on the On Campus Events and Resource Page.



The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs is responsible for the overall implementation, administration and interpretation of the policy. The Director the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is responsible for administering the Student Conduct Code as it applies to a violation of this policy.

The Departments of Public Safety and Office of Legal Affairs are responsible for helping to ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws.



This policy applies to all members of the Eastern Michigan community.

Authority for Creation and Revision

Minutes of the Board of Regents, April 19, 1972, para. .1097M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, December 2, 2003, para. .6194M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, October 20, 2017