Freedom of Expression

Arizona State University recognizes and supports the rights of students to engage in lawful free speech activity including: peaceful demonstrations and circulation of petitions that do not disrupt the normal educational and administrative function of the University, or interfere with the legitimate rights of others. Additional information about the University's commitment to free speech is available on the Campus Environment Team website.

The University has designated Hayden Lawn as the preferred area for individuals and/or groups to gather for the purpose of discussion, assembly, presentations, rallies, or peaceful demonstrations. This area is referred to as the "Public Forum Area." The Hayden Lawn area is open to all members of the University community and their guests. Requests for this area may be scheduled through the Event and Meeting Services, Room 182 (located on the 1st floor of the Memorial Union).

Use of Public Forum Areas

Members of the University community, including student organization officers and members, assume responsibility for the actions and behavior of their members and guests in any public area activity.

Temporary structures are not permitted as part of a demonstration or activity without prior approval of Event and Meeting Services and the Department of Public Safety. Occupancy of any temporary structure is usually limited to the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Organizers are required to remove temporary structures by the time determined by Event and Meeting Services. Permission to construct or install any temporary structure will require reasonable reimbursement to the University for necessary clean-up and/or damages to University property. Any damages or injuries to persons, turf, cross-walks, flower beds, trees, shrubs, or other University property will be charged to the organizers of the events. The University may require a deposit prior to the placement of any structures on campus.

No motor vehicles are permitted on the malls or activity areas without prior approval from Event and Meeting Services and the Department of Public Safety. Vehicles may not park on the malls. If a vehicle is required to drop off goods, a Mall Access Permit must be purchased through Parking and Transit Department (located at University Towers, 965-6209).

Prohibited Conduct

The following conduct is not permitted:

  • Unauthorized entry into, or occupation of, a private office, work or activity area;
  • Failure to maintain clear passage into or exiting from any part of a University building, campus mall, work or activity area;
  • Conduct that interferes with normal activities or traffic in a building, work or activity area, including failure to vacate upon normal closing time;
  • Causing physical harm, or reasonable apprehension of such harm, to any person on the University campus or at a University sponsored activity;
  • Substantially interfering with the freedom of expression of others on the University campus or at a University sponsored activity;
  • Violation of any federal law, state law, Board of Regents Policy, University rule or regulation including the American with Disabilities Act of 1990;
  • Prohibited conduct as specified in the Student Code of Conduct.

Disruptive Events

Event and Meeting Services is responsible for scheduling the use of the Mall Area. If a Student Development and Memorial Union staff member find that an individual or group is materially and substantially interfering with the discipline and normal activities of the University, they will determine:

  • If the activity is in violation of this policy; if the activity will be allowed to continue, or if the activity should cease.

If it is determined that your activity must terminate, participants will be informed by a Student Development and Memorial Union staff member:

  • Of the reason the activity is being terminated;
  • That the activity is to cease, and participants are to disperse and/or leave University property;
  • And that the Code of Conduct may be invoked if the activity does not cease.

If after being notified, the participants do not cease the activity and disperse, Student Development and Memorial Union will involve the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to determine if there is a threat to the safety or well-being of the ASU community or property. If so determined, DPS will again instruct participants to disperse and/or leave University property. Failure to comply will result in the invoking of ARS 13-2911 (Interference with Peaceful Conduct of Educational Institutions) and/or other statutes that may apply.

Last updated: May 19, 2008 by Memorial Union WebTeam