Speech and Demonstration Regulations

Auburn recognizes and supports the rights of students, employees of all categories, and visitors to speak in public and to demonstrate in a lawful manner in appropriate areas of campus and at designated times. In order to maintain safety, security, and order, to ensure the orderly scheduling of campus facilities, and preclude conflicts with academic and co-curricular activities, Auburn University reserves the reasonable right to limit such activities by the following regulations regarding time, place, and manner of such activities:

  1. Definitions
    • Speech, as used in this document, is the oral presentation of ideas in an open forum.

    • Demonstration is any process of showing an individual's or group's cause by speech, example, group action, or other form of public explanation.

  2. Time, Place and Manner Limitations
    • Interior

      Demonstrations, debates, and speeches may be held inside university facilities only in compliance with established procedures.

    • Exterior

      A permit is required for use of Cater Lawn/Open Air Forum. Please include information about using Cater Lawn/Open Air Forum in the Events Request Form.

      The Cater Lawn/Open Air Forum area may only be used during the following times*:
      Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
      Saturday - Sunday: 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m

      Open Air Forum may only be used in three-hour blocks of time per day, three days per week. *Waivers to these times may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

      Please refer to section III-A for more information on outdoor concerts and similar events.

      Auburn holds all student organizations, especially their student officers, responsible for proper conduct at all times at any function the organization sponsors.

      Organizations/individuals are responsible for taking appropriate measures to maintain crowd control and to keep all adjacent walkways and streets clear of obstructions so as not to impede pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

      Organizations/individuals listed on the Open Air Forum request must abide by all appropriate Student Government Association policies and procedures and all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances that apply to the campus.

      Click here to view the speech and demonstration policy.

      Click here to view the advertisement and distribution policy.

      The use of sound equipment, including stereo systems, musical instruments, or public address systems, is restricted and can only be approved by obtaining an outdoor sound permit through the Event Request Form. For more information on amplified sound permits, please click here.

      Organizations/individuals listed on the forum request are to remove all debris, banners, posters/signs, announcements, and other materials immediately following the event.

      Organizations/individuals listed on the forum request are financially responsible for any damages to university property or equipment as a result of the event.

      This request form should remain with a responsible party at the event.

  3. Administrator Enforcement and Appeals

    These regulations shall be administered and enforced by the Event Management Committee, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and other university officials that shall be designated.

    Visitors to campus and all others violating these regulations regarding time, place, and manner of speech and demonstration will be subject to immediate eviction or removal from campus, without further warning, by appropriate university agents or officials and may be subject to appropriate legal action.

    Individual students violating these regulations may be, upon written complaint to the Office of Student Conduct, subject to action by the university discipline committee. Student organizations violating these regulations may be, upon written complaint to the Office of Student Conduct, subject to action university disciplinary committee.

    Persons, agencies, or organizations wishing to appeal a decision based upon these regulations may file a written appeal to the EMC.

    Nothing in this policy is intended or should be viewed as an endorsement or approval by the university of any speech or demonstration, an invitation or license to speak or demonstrate, or as a grant of any right or permission to speak or demonstrate on campus beyond the rights existing under federal and state law.

Last Updated: September 18, 2015