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Zoom and Free Speech

Boise State University is committed to the rights of free speech. In fact, the First Amendment forbids public entities from restricting or regulating expression because of its message or ideas.

Boise State Policy

Typically, free speech at Boise State is only limited to avoid conflict with:

  • the normal uses of campus or legitimate functions of the University
  • the rights of others
  • the limitations of lawful conduct

However, when the university uses third party programs, such as Zoom, to provide a forum for its meetings or other gatherings, the university and all participants are also bound by the terms of the platform.

Zoom Policy

Accordingly, in this gathering, Boise State will respect the Constitutional rights of participants but will monitor the content shared and shall have the right to, and may in fact, delete content or remove participants for any lawful reason, including but not limited to content or participants who share content which:

  1. materially and substantially disrupts the gathering
  2. is threatening and used to communicate a serious expression of intent to commit an act of unlawful violence to a particular individual or group of individuals
  3. is obscene
  4. violates intellectual property rights or privacy laws
  5. is defamatory, slanderous, or libelous
  6. otherwise violates Zoom’s Acceptable Use Policy

In addition, Boise State always takes seriously all allegations of harassment, discrimination and bias— so we encourage anyone who wishes to report it to do so via this email address: or fill our Boise State’s Silent Witness form, which you can find at