Freedom of Speech


Georgia State University holds the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the right to assemble peaceably as essential rights of a free people and the cornerstone of scholarly inquiry. The University is firmly committed to affording the University Community with the opportunity to engage in the peaceful and orderly exercise of these rights. To achieve this objective, while at the same time fulfilling its educational mission and maintaining a safe campus environment, the University has certain time, place and manner restrictions that apply to speech activities, without regard to content.

University Community Members
GSU students, chartered student organizations, staff and faculty are supported in their right to engage in speech activities and may do so on campus in any place where, at the time of the speech, expression, or assembly the persons are permitted to be (including designated public forums | speech areas) with the exception that distribution of printed materials is not permitted in classrooms and laboratories, dining areas, elevators, escalators, libraries, or entrances and exits to buildings. University Community Members may also engage in speech activities in designated public forums listed in Section 4 of the Freedom of Speech Policy . These rights are subject to the time, place and manner restrictions set out below.

Non-University Community Members
Persons who are not members of the University Community may engage in speech activities in designated public forums (“Speech Areas”) available at the locations listed in Section 4 of the Freedom of Speech Policy . Each Speech Area is identified with University signage. These designated public forums are to be used for all speech activities by non-university community members. These rights are subject to the time, place and manner restrictions set forth below.

More information about the Campus Speech, Distribution and Posting Policy is in the Student Code of Conduct on page 59.