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Free Speech: A Guide for Demonstrations @ UCI

UC Irvine is committed to assuring that all persons may exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech and assembly.  The ongoing opportunity for the expression of a variety of viewpoints is at the core of this commitment. As campus members, it is imperative that we live up to the responsibilities that accompany these rights. 

Rights of Free Speech and Academic Freedom at UC Irvine.  The exercise and protection of freedom of speech and expression are at the core of the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service. UC Irvine actively attempts to engage the community to promote and model civil and respectful dialogue on campus.

Free Speech.  Free speech as defined by the United States Constitution and the State of California Constitution does not give a public university the right to regulate speech in public forms. A public university must remain neutral in subject matter and viewpoint.

California Education Code.  ". . . The Regents of the University of California . . . shall [not] make or enforce any rule subjecting any student to disciplinary sanction solely on the basis of conduct that is speech or other communication that, when engaged in outside a campus . . ., is protected from governmental restriction" by the U.S. or California Constitutions (sec. 66301

Tips for Registered Campus Organizations

  1. Prior to your demonstration, review the University polices and clarify policy-related questions with the Office of Student Conduct
  2. Inform your participants of the University policies and share this information.
  3. When planning a location for your deomonstration, utilize the time, place, and manner regulations as mentioned in UCI Adminstrative Policies and Procedures Section 905 and pursue the reservation of an appropiate venue with Student Center and Event Services.
  4. If safety is a concern, contact UCI Irvine Police Department at (949) 824-5223.
  5. Review the code of student conduct speech and advocacy policy.

Student Conduct Policies

Student Conduct Policies

  1. Blocking of entrances to or otherwise restricting the free flow of traffic into and out of campus buildings, parking lots, campus roads and walkways with tables or movable stands (sec. 102.13, 102.15)
  2. Obstructing or disrupting campus activities, classes, and offices (sec. 102.13)
  3. Utilizing amplified sound without prior approval that disrupts campus activities (sec. 102.13)
  4. Engage in physically abusive or threatening conduct toward any person (sec. 102.08)
  5. Exhibit disorderly or lewd conduct (sec. 102.14)
  6. Participating in a disturbance of the peace or unlawful assembly (sec. 102.15)
  7. Failure to comply with a University official acting in the performance of their duties (sec. 102.16)
  8. Engage in theft, destruction of, or damage to any University property or equipment (sec. 102.04)

All of the above policies can be found here.

Please keep in mind.  Participants may video or audio record an event that is open to the public as long as it is compliance with the UCI Administrative Policies & Procedures Section 900-30, Policy on Filming and Photography on the UC Irvine Campus.

Review the Speech and Advocacy (sec. 30.00) including Time, Place and Manner Regulations, Areas for Public Gatherings, Amplification, and Non-University Speakers.

Need Help Planning Your Demonstration?

  • Safety concerns?  Contact UC Irvine Police Department at (949) 824-5223
  • Reserve a venue? Amplified sound? Guest speaker?  Contact the Student Center & Event Services at (949) 824-5252
  • Interpretation of policy?  Contact the Office of Student Conduct at (949) 824-5590
  • Attend a lobby core class?  Contact Executive Vice President for ASUCI at (949) 824-2400
  • General demonstration questions?  Contact Campus Organizations at (949) 824-5181

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