Student Affairs

Speech and Assembly

3.0 Use of facilities for Speech and Assembly


3.1. Speech and Assembly for University Students, Staff, Faculty, and Affiliated Groups: Clemson University supports the right of individuals (student, faculty, and staff) and groups that are affiliated with Clemson University to discuss, express, advocate or examine issues or ideas within constitutionally valid limitations. Expressive activities and inquiry are fundamental to the academic endeavor. However, with this right to free expression comes a responsibility to consider and accommodate the rights of other members of the campus community. Therefore, Clemson University affiliated individuals and groups may conduct orderly demonstrations or protests if they do not disrupt the normal or previously scheduled activities of the University or University affiliated entities, violate the free speech, assembly or movement of other individuals or organizations, damage property, or create an unsafe situation for any individual, group or organization. The use of public address systems or loudspeakers must comply with the requirements of section 7.0 below.

Although prior registration of demonstrations and protests by students, faculty, or staff or affiliated groups is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended. Prior registration and planning ensures that the desired space will be available on the appropriate date and time. Prior registration should be handled in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 2.3 above.

Nothing in this policy is intended to infringe upon any legal rights regarding freedom of speech. Application of the policy shall not be arbitrary or capricious and shall not be based upon the content of the proposed speech and nothing in this policy shall be interpreted in such a way as to discriminate on the basis of political, religious, social or other content.


3.2. Speech and Assembly for Non-Affiliated Individuals and Groups: The freedom to engage in free speech is protected by federal law, state law and University policy. Clemson University enforces its right to place reasonable restrictions on the time, place and manner that free speech activities shall occur on its facilities. The Vice President for Student Affairs (or his or her designee) will designate areas on campus for free speech activities by non-affiliated individuals or groups. The description of the free speech zones will be available at the Hendrix Student Center Information Desk. Non-affiliated individuals or groups wishing to engage in free speech activities in these areas must submit a reservation form (Appendix B) to the Hendrix Student Center at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the activity to reserve these spaces. Reservations will be approved on a space available basis. Priority will be given to Clemson University affiliated individuals and groups including departments, recognized student organizations, students, faculty and staff that submit requests to reserve these locations. The University reserves the right to have appropriate security present to preserve order and protect the safety of its students, employees and property. Speech and assembly shall be confined to the designated area and must not disrupt the normal or previously scheduled activities of the University or University affiliated entities, violate the free speech, assembly or movement of other individuals or organizations, damage property or create an unsafe situation for any individual, group or organization. The use of public address systems or loudspeakers must comply with the requirements of section 7.0 below.

Violations of section 3.2 of this policy could result in revocation of an approved reservation and the non-affiliated individual or group may be required to leave campus.

Nothing in this policy is intended to infringe upon any legal rights regarding freedom of speech. Application of the policy shall not be arbitrary or capricious and shall not be based upon the content of the proposed speech and nothing in this policy shall be interpreted in such a way as to discriminate on the basis of political, religious, social or other content.