Drury University is a safe, education-oriented and community-minded campus that maintains an academic and social environment conducive to intellectual and personal development of students and promotes the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community. Drury University prohibits the abuse of free speech by its students, employees and citizens. Drury University will cooperate with authorities in the enforcement of all applicable laws.
The abuse of free speech by Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens is prohibited on university-owned or -controlled property, in conjunction with university-sponsored or -supervised activities, or at any activity or event that an observer would associate with Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.
This policy has been established to protect the integrity of the educational experience, encourage positive behavior and enhance the community commitment of Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.
Drury University students, student organizations, employees and citizens are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation and/or ability status in any of its programs, activities, services, benefits or membership practices.
Under Title IX of the U.S. Education Act Amendment of 1972, certain exemptions may be granted for groups such as intercollegiate and intramural athletics, social fraternities and sororities.
FREE SPEECH GUIDELINES
Drury University will protect the rights of freedom of speech, petition and peaceful assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Drury University maintains its right to regulate reasonable time, place and manner restrictions concerning acts of expression and dissent. Any acts that are disruptive to the normal operations of the university, including but not limited to classes and university business, or invade the rights of others will not be tolerated. Faculty, staff and students engaging in a disruptive activity may be subject to disciplinary action. Use of the space will be assigned to the person or organization that requests the area first. University-sponsored events have first priority on the use of campus grounds. The university reserves the right to relocate any assembly to ensure that the activity does not interfere with the normal operation of the university or interfere with the rights of others.
The volume of any sound equipment may not exceed 75 decibels on the A scale at 50 feet from the source of amplification in order to keep from interfering with any academic or other program taking place in nearby buildings.
FREE SPEECH ACTIVITIES
CONDUCT AND MANNER
Those who schedule speech or public assembly activities on campus must not:
SAFETY & ACCOUNTABILITY
Any attempt to control or take over buildings, faculty or administrative offices, or other facilities in any buildings where university space is in use for an authorized function, whether conduct of a class, a public or private meeting under approved sponsorship, normal administrative or educational functions or service-related activities (health services, recreational activities, or personnel placement) is prohibited.
A request for use of free speech activities may be denied if it is determined that the proposed speech/activity will constitute a clear and present danger to the university’s orderly operation. Any request to desist from specified activities or to leave the premises must be obeyed.
Rooms in which instruction, research or study normally take place may be occupied only when assigned through established procedures. Buildings must be cleared at the normal closing time for each building unless other arrangements are approved in advance.
Every student enrolled in the university has the right to be interviewed on campus by any legal organization that desires to recruit at the campus. Any student or group of students has the right to protest against the appearance on campus of any organization, provided the protest does not interfere with any other student’s opportunity to have such an interview.
The Dean of Students must be informed of the time and place of any demonstration in advance. To ensure proper safety, if requested by Drury University security personnel, a person must identify him/herself by presenting a Drury ID card or driver’s license or some other form of government issued identification.
Limitations may only be prescribed on the areas in which demonstrations are held in order to avoid physical harm or physical conflict between groups of demonstrators. Students should be advised as to whether their demonstration is consistent with stated regulations.
FREE SPEECH POLICY VIOLATION SANCTIONS
Violators of this policy will be subject to sanctions ranging from official letters of warning and reprimand to disciplinary suspension from the university, according to the severity of the offense.