Free Speech, Distribution of Materials and Assembly

A-B Tech is a limited public forum that does not regulate speech or activities based on content or viewpoint. All individuals using College space must comply with the following Procedures. These procedures only apply to the use of College space and not to the use of facilities on campus. For more information regarding facility use, see Use of Facilities Policy 318. 

Speech, Distribution of Material and Assembly for College Members 

  1. The College is committed to making the majority of its College space available to College members who wish to exercise their rights to speech, distribution of material and assembly. The College maintains the right to reserve any College space at any time, with or without prior notice, for College use and such use will take priority or over any other use. 
  2. All outdoor assembly may not be conducted within 30 feet of any building or otherwise interfere with free flow of vehicular, bicycle or pedestrian traffic. 
  3. Although registration by College members to use College space is not required, it is recommended for planning purposes. Registration ensures that the desired space will be available on the desired date and time. For more information about registration, see Section II (B) herein. 

 

Speech, Distribution of Material and Assembly for Non-College members 

  1. Non-College members shall be allowed to use the Designated Area (see Definitions section below) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays when the College’s general curriculum classes are in sessions. The Designated Area is not available on the weekends, on days scheduled for College functions or on days when the College is officially closed. The College maintains the right to use the Designated Area at any time, with or without prior notice, for College use and such use will take priority over any other use. 
  2. Any Non-College members will be allowed to use the Designated Area within the time restriction. All Non-College members must complete a Registration Form (the “Form”) and submit it to the Office of Student Life and Development no earlier or later than three (3) business days prior to their activity on campus. The College does not restrict speech and/or activities based on content or viewpoint. The purpose of the Form is to make sure there is adequate space in the Designated Area for the requested date and time and safety concerns. Upon request by College officials, Non-College members will be required to provide proof of registration for use of the Designated Area. Forms will only cover one (1) day at a time. Requests for standing dates (i.e., every Tuesday) will not be honored. 
  3. The College will assign use of a Designated Area on a first come, first serve basis; however, the College may regulate hours to fairly accommodate multiple groups. 

 

General Rules and Regulations for both College and Non-College Members 

  1. While expressing speech, distributing material or assembling, both College and Non-College members are prohibited from doing the following: 1) engaging in non-protected speech such as obscenity, speech inciting criminal conduct or speech that constitutes a clear and present danger or speech that constitutes defamation; 2) touching, striking, approaching or impeding the progress of pedestrians in any way, except for incidental or accidental contact; 3) obstructing the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic; 4) using sound amplification or creating noise levels that are reasonably likely to or do cause a material and substantial disruption to the educational environment and/or the operation of the College; 5) damaging, destroying or stealing College or private property; and 6) possessing or using firearms, explosives or dangerous weapons or substances not allowed on campus by law or by College policy (e.g., drugs, alcohol, non-service animals, etc.). Any acts that are disruptive to the normal operations of the College will not be tolerated and may result in an immediate termination of the activity. Non-College members are required to remain in the Designated Area while on campus. 
  2. Individuals may distribute pamphlets, booklets, brochures, and other forms of printed materials on the condition that such material is designed for informational (not commercial) purposes. Individuals distributing materials must provide a receptacle for the disposal of such materials. The College does not assume any obligation or liability for the content of such distributed material. Any signs used may not be larger than three feet by four feet in size. Signs must either be held by participants or be freestanding signs that do not stick into the ground. No signs may be mounted on buildings, trees or other College property. If available, the College will allow officially recognized College student groups to use College chairs and tables. All others individuals and groups will be required to use their own chairs and tables if desired. 
  3. Individuals are responsible for the cleanliness and order of the area they use. Individuals shall leave the area in the same condition it was in before the activity. Individuals who damage or destroy College property shall be held responsible for such damage or destruction. This includes the campus buildings, sidewalks, lawns, shrubs and trees. 
  4. Individuals are subject to sanction for failing to comply with these procedures or other College policies. Such sanctions may include, but are not limited to repairing, cleaning, painting, replacement costs, restitution (as order by a court) and being banned from future use. College members may also be subject to College disciplinary action as outlined in College policies and procedures. Individuals who violate these procedures may be issued a trespass warning and denied future access to College premises. Violations that require police intervention will be reported to the College’s Police Department. 

Polling Places on Campus 

If campus buildings are used as public polling places, all activity must be in accordance with statutory and state/local Board of Elections requirements. 

City Sidewalks 

City sidewalks that run along the borders of the College’s campus are public forums and available to all members of the public. Use of city sidewalks must comply with federal and state laws and city ordinances.