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Use of Outdoor Areas at ARC

Governed by Los Rios Regulation R-1413 [view regulation]

All persons on College/District property are required to abide by College/District policies and shall identify themselves upon request to College/District officials acting in the performance of their duties. Violation of College/District policies may subject a person to possible legal penalties or may result in College/District sanctions. If the person is a student, faculty member, or staff member of the College/District, that person may also be subject to College/District disciplinary action.

Public expression in the form of freedom of speech and advocacy may be exercised on College/District property at such times and places and in such a manner as is compatible with the use of the property, and that: (a) assures orderly conduct; (b) avoids disruption or interference with College/District operations; (c) avoids disruption or interference with the ability of the College/District to carry out their responsibilities as educational institutions; (d) protects the rights of all individuals who use College/District property; (e) protects persons against practices that would make them involuntary audiences; and (f) assures the safety of all members of the College/District community.

Use of Outdoor Areas Open to the Public Generally

On College/District outdoor areas open to the public generally, all persons or organizations may exercise their constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly, and worship, and meet and distribute and sell noncommercial literature incidental to the exercise of these freedoms. Such activities shall be compatible with use and maintenance of the area and the free flow of persons and traffic, and shall not interfere with or disrupt the normal activities of the College/District property. Interference with College/District property entrances or exits is strictly prohibited.

At American River College, the designated public areas are: The Rose Marks Quad, the Library Quad, and the Bookstore Quad.

For specifics, please see District Regulations.

Freedom of Speech Points of Consideration*

*Taken from “Hate Speech on Campus,” provided by the American Civil Liberties Union

Teaching Tolerance website | ACLU Freedom of Speech website