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Policies/Information - Free Speech and Assembly Policy

Recognizing that many citizens have differing views on the matter of who and which groups should have an opportunity to meet on University campuses, the Board of Trustees reaffirms its previous policy as approved in 1967 and 1969 of open campuses and the greatest amount of freedom of speech and of dissemination of ideas.

The primary purpose of an academic community is to search for truth. Indispensable in that search for truth is the freedom to think as you wish and to speak as you think. There shall be no restrictions, on any of its campuses, placed on the fundamental rights of free speech and assembly except those necessary to preserved the order necessary for the University to function as an institution of higher learning. The entire outdoors of the campus is open to any form of expression of opinion by students, faculty members, staff, and their invited guests, the only limitation being that normal university functions may not be disturbed and the free flow of traffic may not be disrupted. Inside facilities that are used for scheduled meetings are also to be made available on a non-discriminatory basis.

The administration of each campus is responsible for establishing appropriate procedures and regulations for the implementation of this policy and for the protection of the rights of individuals through adequate review of alleged violations of the policy. Individuals or groups wishing to use outdoor facilities shall inform the chief of police a reasonable time in advance of their use. Indoor facilities shall be scheduled through the appropriate building authorities. (University Board of Trustees, July 22, 1969)

Please also see the University of Maine Free Speech and Assembly Policy and the Statement on the Usage of University of Maine Buildings

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Office of Human Resources
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207)581-1581E-mail: hr-um@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System