Kennesaw State University
Freedom of Assembly and Expression Policy
Kennesaw State University
recognizes and upholds First Amendment rights of Freedom of Speech and
Assembly. Demonstrations and assemblies can be valid expression for
dissenting opinions provided they do not disrupt academic and
administrative functions of the institution. The opinions expressed by
organizations, groups or individuals using Kennesaw State University’s
facilities do not necessarily reflect the position of Kennesaw State
University. Kennesaw State University affirms its commitment to the
freedom of speech, assembly and expression even though the language or
ideas of those seeking a venue for free expression may contradict
university ideals or the personal views of university employees and
students. The institution expects members of the faculty, staff,
student body and community to refrain from and discourage behaviors
that threaten the rights, freedoms and respect every individual
administrative procedures and guidelines are intended to support the
rights and freedoms of individuals and to clarify the duties and
responsibilities expected of faculty, staff, students, student
organizations and visitors.
Scope – This policy shall apply to all non-commercial speech on the Kennesaw State University campus and other KSU facilities. (Commercial speech is regulated by the campus solicitation policies.) Any visiting person or group who desires to use the designated campus area for an assembly or expression event must submit this completed request form at least five business days in advance of the event. Request forms are only available online. This form must be authorized by the Director of the Department of Student Life or his/her designee and approved by the Vice President for Student Success.
Upon approval of a request, applicants must agree to the following guidelines and provisions:
• The triangle near the northwest corner of the Campus Green, between the Burruss Building and the Carmichael Student Center (Zone 3/4; see map) is the designated location for assemblies, demonstrations and protest
activities by campus visitors. The space will be further defined by
pedestrian fencing. Applicants must use the marked area for the purpose
of the activity. KSU neither encourages or discourages, or otherwise
endorses, these activities and protected forms of expression.
• These activities may be conducted on Mondays, Thursdays and/or Fridays from 10am to 11:30am. Consecutive
day reservations are not permitted. The first full week of classes and
Final Exam Week of each semester are closed to public performances,
dances, concerts and similar extracurricular activities such as these
assemblies. For a current academic calendar, click here.
• Individuals, participants, or groups are limited to three (3) scheduled activities per month so that opportunities are available for other applicants to use the
area and to minimize any potential disruptions to academic or
educational activities. Requests are handled on a first-come,
first-serve basis. Once scheduled, if you cannot use the space, please
cancel at least by the day before the scheduled date. Missed scheduled
dates still count towards the total.
All participants must stay within the marked area and there must be no
obstruction, disruption or interference with authorized and scheduled
• Kennesaw State University cannot be held responsible for the safety of children participating in an event. Persons under the age of twelve (12) may not participate in the event or be within the marked area. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Sound amplification (including microphones or bullhorns) is not permitted due
to the disruption of classes and other academic and administrative
functions of the institution. There will be no use of motorized
vehicles. Kennesaw State University equipment will not be available for
assemblies, demonstrations and protest activities.
The individuals or groups are required to remove signs, placards,
litter and other materials when the approved activity period ends.
The university has the right to differentiate between regularly
scheduled academic or co-curricular activities and other assemblies,
demonstrations or protests.
Compliance with the Kennesaw State University student conduct
regulations, Kennesaw State University policies and procedures, state
laws of Georgia, and federal laws is required.
The university reserves the right to refuse to permit individuals or
groups to assemble, demonstrate or protest if the individuals or groups
refuse to abide by these administrative procedures and guidelines.
The university reserves the right to alter these administrative
procedures and guidelines if necessary to ensure the academic as well
as personal rights of the students, faculty and staff of Kennesaw State
authorized representative and/or person in charge is required to sign
in compliance with these administrative procedures and guidelines; to acknowledge that the university will not be held responsible for the
actions for participants in the assembly, demonstration or protest; and
to agree to make restitution for any litter or property damage that
occurs due to the activity.
Kennesaw State University Office of Public Safety and other appropriate
administrators will be notified upon receipt of the request for
permission to use the campus for assembly or expression. This request
is a public record and submitted requests will be released to
of Kennesaw State University are guaranteed all of the rights,
privileges and freedoms granted to a citizen of the United States. In
addition, they are entitled to an environment that is conducive to
learning and individual growth. Please be aware of KSU's Human Relations Position Statement and our Policy on Disruption of Campus Life. Complete policies are available at http://www.kennesaw.edu/student_life/shb.shtml
Please submit this form at least five business days prior to the event. Once your event request has been processed, and the
space you requested confirmed, you will receive a space use
confirmation. The confirmation will state the name of the event, date,
time, location and the name of the requester.
Space is not reserved until you receive an e-mail confirmation. 9.28.12