Use Your Voice


All members of the university community and campus visitors are expected to comply with all University Regulations and Policies.

 

Your Rights of Free Speech and Free Expression

UCF strongly supports students’ First Amendment rights of free speech and free expression, and encourages you to make your voice heard. The university is committed to the Campus Free Expression Act, which guarantees that members of the UCF community and members of the general public can come to campus without any prior notice to speak, carry signs, pass out leaflets, circulate petitions, record interactions in public areas of campus, or engage in other expressive activity.

All outdoor areas of campus that are generally accessible to the UCF community are also usable by any member of the public for any spontaneous expressive activity. Certain outdoor areas of campus are not open to the community and therefore are also not available for use by members of the public – for example, the grounds of the Burnett House; recreational and athletic fields; the yards and courtyards of individual Greek Park housing units; and the grounds and playground of The Creative School for Children. Other areas – such as sidewalks, walkways, and grassy areas between buildings – are generally accessible to the UCF community and are, therefore, also usable by members of the public for expressive activities.

Use of outdoor areas of campus for expressive activities is permitted as long as the use does not violate the law and does not materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the university or infringe upon the rights of others to engage in expressive activities. For example, students, faculty and staff cannot “materially disrupt” previously scheduled or reserved activities on campus occurring at the same time.

To prevent disruption to university operations and other events, UCF has rules that place reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of use of outdoor areas of campus. Disruption includes hindering the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic; blocking entrances and exits from buildings or parking structures/lots; violating any applicable law; threatening other individuals in a manner that an objectively reasonable person would interpret as a serious expression of an intent to cause present or future harm to an identifiable person or group of persons; materially and substantially disrupting scheduled university events occurring at the same time; utilizing sound amplification unless specifically permitted by the university; or obstructing or attempting to physically force the cancellation or continuance of a speaker.

The Campus Free Expression Act does not cover commercial speech. Members of the public who wish to come onto the campus for commercial purposes must abide by the university’s commercial rules, including the University Regulation governing solicitation on campus (Regulation UCF-4.010).