Free Speech

FREE SPEECH AREAS (Refer to www.twu.edu/Policy/default.asp for complete URP)

Designated free speech areas are available to TWU students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The designated areas may be used for, but are not limited to, the expression of personal politics, philosophy, religious viewpoints, surveys, or announcements. An important goal for TWU is to provide a comfortable and hospitable environment for the entire University community. At the same time, the University is strongly committed to freedom of expression. In the exercise of first amendment rights, members of the community are encouraged to demonstrate a concern for the promotion of tolerance, civility, and trust. In order to provide an area that will support the climate and conditions for teaching, research, and community service, the University has designated the following free speech areas:

Denton

  • Area between Student Union and ACT
  • Grassy area between Library and Institutional Development
  • Grassy area behind Library by the footbridge
  • Grassy area south of the Fine Arts Building on the corner of Texas and Oakland Student Union Patio (only area to allow amplified sound on Denton Campus)

Houston

  • Sidewalk between West entrance stairwell and loading dock on Old Main Street

Dallas

  • Sidewalk area between Parking Garage and Main Entrance.

Designated free speech areas may be reserved, but not required,  in order to avoid scheduling conflicts and are otherwise available on a first to arrive basis. The accommodation of speakers does not imply endorsement by TWU of the views expressed. TWU reserves the right to remove those responsible for conduct that is impermissible or disruptive. Other areas on all campuses may also be utilized by departments or organizations for similar activities; however, reservations are required. Requests for other outdoor areas are made through Conference Services, University Housing, or the Student Union for the Denton campus; or the Student Life Offices on the Dallas and Houston Campus. A reservation is contingent upon the approval process. Posting In addition to the free speech areas, bulletin boards, which require no approval for posting, are provided on each campus. Materials, placed on the free speech boards will be removed on the first working day of each month. This removal will insure that all outdated materials are removed in a timely manner and that the board is kept free of clutter and up to date. Signage is located on each board that denotes the removal of all materials on a monthly basis. For safety reasons, all signs must be hand held and not placed on sticks or poles. In addition, no open flames are permitted in the free speech areas. Vending sales and overnight camping are prohibited in all free speech areas.

An important goal for TWU is to provide a comfortable and hospitable environment for the entire University community. It is also important to nurture, protect, and enhance free speech. In the exercise of first amendment rights, members of the community should demonstrate a concern for the promotion of tolerance, civility, and trust. For safety reasons, all signs must be hand held and not placed on sticks or poles. In addition, no open flames are permitted in the free speech areas.