A guide to free expression & assembly at UCF

General Info

The University of Central Florida grounds may be used for demonstrations and other exercises of free speech and assembly by University and University-related organizations and persons. Such use must be on a noninterference basis with the conduct of classes or other normal activities of the university and must not infringe on the rights of others.

No persons or organizations may use athletic or recreational facilities, campus buildings or other indoor facilities for demonstrations or assemblies unless specifically permitted in writing by the campus authority specifically responsible for the building or facility.

As students, besides areas listed above, you are permitted free expression activities throughout campus grounds, as long as it doesn’t violate any university regulation.

Regulations

All organizations and persons that organize or conduct demonstrations and other exercises of free
speech and assembly on University grounds, or otherwise conduct activities or events in University
facilities, must abide by the general requirement that no such uses may interfere with, disrupt, or
impede the normal operations of the University or otherwise interfere with or infringe on the rights of others. In order that demonstrations and other exercises of free speech and assembly not interfere with the operation of the University or the rights of others, any person or organization organizing, conducting, leading, or participating in a demonstration, assembly, or activity using University grounds or other facilities shall not:

  • Obstruct vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian, or other traffic;
  • Obstruct entrances or exits to buildings or driveways, or impede entry to or exit from any building, parking lot, or vehicular path;
  • Interfere with educational or administrative activities inside or outside any building;
  • Violate a law, rule, regulation or ordinance;
  • Make threatening utterances or gestures directed to a person or persons, which an
    objectively reasonable person would interpret as a serious expression of an intent to
    cause a present or future harm or to
  • Use fighting words , which are those words that by their mere utterance inflict violence or would tend to incite a reasonable person to violence or other breach of the peace;
  • Obstruct, disrupt, or attempt to physically force the cancellation or continuance of a speaker;
  • Create an objectively hostile environment for students or employees based on a
    protected category (race, color, national origin, sex, religion (including non-religion),
    age, disability, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation) through speech or
    conduct that is so severe and pervasive that it objectively interferes with a student’s or
    employee’s abilities to benefit from or participate in educational or employment
    activities, benefits, or privileges;
  • Interfere with or disrupt scheduled university ceremonies or events;
  • Interfere with or disrupt University operations;
  • Damage property, including grass, shrubs, trees, or other landscaping; or
  • Utilize sound amplification, including bullhorns, except except as set forth in paragraph (7) of University Regulation 4.0293.

Campus demonstrations that qualify as potentially hazardous (University Regulations, UCF-4.0292) or will take the form of or involve a parade or march on campus must fill out a SAFE Form. This is required so that necessary safety precautions can be taken.