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Free Speech and Assembly

MCLA embraces a student's right to free speech and assembly and recognizes that an exercise of ones freedom of expression can contribute to individual and community learning.

1.      All students have a right to demonstrate on College premises provided, however, that no such demonstration shall materially disrupt class, work, or other College business, or involves substantial disorder or invasion of rights of others.

2.      Students are prohibited from blocking free entry to or free exit from buildings, interfering with free movement, or presenting obstacles to regular College activities. Interfering with free movement is defined as any physical denial or restriction of a person's ability to freely reach or leave a given geographical area. Obstacles are defined as physical devices, bodies, or signs, which cause interference with free movement, or sounds, which prevent normal oral communication.

3.      Any demonstration within a campus building may take place only during normal operating hours of the building, and any demonstration in a building or area is limited to such a number of persons, which the area can reasonably accommodate on grounds of public safety, as determined by a College official.

4.      There shall be no interference with a demonstration on the grounds of content of speech, except for any speech or demonstration, which incites immediate violent actions, represents a clear and present danger to the campus community, is motivated by hate or bias and may constitute a violation of state law.

5.      No student shall intentionally and substantially interfere with the freedom of expression of another person on College premises or at College sponsored activities.

6.      Violation of this Policy constitutes a violation of campus conduct and may subject a student to dismissal from the College or such lesser sanction as may be deemed appropriate by the College.