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Freedom of speech is guaranteed under both the U.S. and California Constitutions. Speech generally is fully protected unless it is accompanied by, or incites, illegal activity. This includes the expression of unpopular or controversial viewpoints and speech that is viewed as hatefulor offensive. While the University cannot regulate the content of protected speech, it can regulate the time, place and manner of activities on campus.

Join us on October 27, 2020 for a Freedom of Speech & Advocacy Workshop

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities provides services for students planning to protest:

  • Educate on policies to avoid violating campus regulations and Code of Student Conduct that could result in Student Conduct action
  • Clarify 'time, place and manner' policies and grounds open to the public
  • Referral to appropriate resources
  • Recommendation for a successful protest or free speech action
  • Discuss legal implications that could come into play depending on the type of action being planned
  • Advise on how to avoid clashes with counter protestors

UC Merced Peaceful Protest Guidelines
Freedom of Speech in the University Setting: Application of the First Amendment to the University of California/
Policy on Expressive Activities and Protest