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.
For specifics, please see District Regulations.
Freedom of Speech Points of Consideration*
- Institutions of higher educations should adhere to First Amendment principles because academic freedom is a bedrock of education in a free society.
- The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects speech no matter how offensive its content. Restricting the speech of one group or individual jeopardizes everyone’s rights because the same laws or regulations used to silence bigots can be used to silence you.
- Defending First Amendment rights for the enemies of civil liberties and civil rights means defending it for you and me
- Our roles as an institution of higher education include facilitating learning through open debate and study and enlightening people. All views are entitled to be heard, explored, supported or refuted.
- When hate is out in the open, people can see the problem and can organize effectively to counter bad attitudes, possibly change them, and forge solidarity against the forces of intolerance.
- Bigoted speech is symptomatic of a huge problem in our country; it is not the problem itself. It is unrealistic to think that punishing speech is going to rid our college of the attitudes that gave rise to the speech in the first place.
- The best way to combat hate speech on campus is through an educational approach that includes counter-speech, workshops on bigotry and its role in American and world history, and creation of an environment that fosters tolerance and mutual respect among members of the campus community, an environment in which all students can exercise their right to participate fully in campus life without being discriminated against.
*Taken from “Hate Speech on Campus,” provided by the American Civil Liberties Union