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Planning an Event or Protest

Time, Place and Manner Restrictions

In public forums such as the Quad, the university may not regulate the content of speech but can place reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.

Examples of permissible university time, place, and manner restrictions include:

  • Time: Support for events such as tables are provided only during daytime hours. See policy 1100.
  • Place: Posting of information in university buildings is limited to designated bulletin boards. See policy 1100.
  • Manner: Distribution of literature may not obstruct the ingress and egress from university buildings. See policy 1100.

A complete list of university time, place, and manner restrictions can be found in policy 1100.

Does the First Amendment protect civil disobedience on campus?

No. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and expression (as well as peaceable assembly), but this protection is not absolute, and speech may be subject to time, place, and manner (i.e., conduct) regulations. The First Amendment does not protect civil disobedience if it involves the refusal to comply with laws or regulations. For example, if student protestors take over a campus building, or disrupt classes or events, their actions may be subject to punishment, not only under the Boise State University Student Conduct Code, but also in criminal court if the conduct—for example, trespassing, vandalism, or disturbing the peace—constitutes a crime. Civil disobedience has historically played a significant role as an effective protest tactic, but you should be aware that participation in civil disobedience could potentially result in serious criminal or conduct charges.

Holding an Event on Campus

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