2.17 Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Distribution/Petitioning Policy

I. Policy

Central Piedmont Community College is committed to supporting freedom of speech. The College recognizes that free speech is the best means for arriving at truth and mutual understanding. The College also recognizes that the rights to assemble peaceably and to petition the government for redress of grievances are important components of free speech. Therefore, the College will protect the rights of free speech, petition, and peaceable assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. However, it is also the responsibility of the College to provide a suitable, safe, and healthy environment for its students, faculty and staff, and non-college affiliated groups, which is conducive to study, teaching and learning, public service, conducting research, and performing other activities, without undue interference or disturbance. Thus, the College has adopted reasonable regulations concerning acts of expression and dissent.

II. Speech and Assembly for College Students, Staff, and Faculty

The College is committed to making the majority of its indoor and outdoor spaces available to currently enrolled students, staff, and faculty who wish to exercise the rights of free speech, petition, and peaceable assembly, provided they do not:

  1. Disrupt the normal or previously scheduled activities of the College;
  2. Violate the free speech, assembly, or movement of other individuals or organizations; or,
  3. Damage property or create an unsafe situation for any individual, group, or organization.

Outdoor assembly may not be conducted within thirty (30) feet of any building or otherwise interfere with free flow of vehicular, bicycle, or pedestrian traffic.

Although prior registration by students, staff, and faculty is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended. Prior registration and planning ensure that the desired space will be available on the preferred date and time. Prior registration should be handled in accordance with the College’s guidelines and procedures.

Related Procedures

Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Distribution/Petitioning Guidelines and Procedures


Changes approved by the Board of Trustees on May 6, 2020

Changes approved by Cabinet on March 26, 2007; September 28, 2009; September 26, 2011; February 11, 2013; November 2, 2015