UIC Policy on Open Expression

Policy Number: DOS-8100-002

Policy Title: UIC Policy on Open Expression

Vice Chancellor/Associate Vice Chancellor: Linda Deanna, Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students

Unit Responsible for Policy: Student Affairs

Effective Date: 5/21/2018

Contacts: Linda Deanna

Policy Statement:

The University of Illinois at Chicago, in its role as an academic institution, is committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas can be reasonably proposed and critically examined. The existence of the free exchange of ideas and the expression of dissent within the university community are indications of intellectual vitality and social awareness. Freedom of speech in this context will include all forms of communication and artistic expression as well as the freedom to listen, watch, protest, or otherwise participate in such communication (“open expression”).

Implicit in these freedoms is the right to demonstrate in a peaceful and non-disruptive manner. The university affirms the right of members of the university community to assemble and demonstrate peaceably and expects that those who enjoy these freedoms must also accept responsibility for their open expression activities. To promote the free exchange of ideas, the University of Illinois at Chicago acknowledges the right of members of the university community to distribute visual communications and to speak publicly on campus, subject to the reasonable time, place and manner restrictions set forth in this policy.

The university affirms that the substance or the nature of the views expressed is not an appropriate basis for any restriction of an assembly or a demonstration. As such, the content neutral rules set forth in this policy are intended to protect the rights of those involved in these activities, others in the university community, and the institution from unreasonable disruption. The policy is not intended, nor shall it be used by the university, for prior review of any communication. The use of the university grounds and/or facilities does not imply acceptance or endorsement by the university of the views expressed as part of any open expression activity. The university reserves the right to amend this policy as appropriate.

Conduct during an Open Expression Activity

In exercising its responsibility to provide and maintain an atmosphere of free inquiry and expression, the university may establish time, place, and manner restrictions for the purpose of avoiding activity that may significantly interfere with the lawful rights of others and/or substantially impede university operations, including activity which:

* Denies or infringes upon the lawful rights of students, faculty, officers, staff, guests, or patients of the university community.

* Substantially interferes with instruction, research, administration, health care services, and other activities of the university community.

* Obstructs or restricts free movement of persons on the campus, in campus buildings, and in off campus locations where university activities take place.

* Restricts access and the use of offices, classrooms or other facilities to students, faculty, officers, staff, guests, or patients of the university community.

* Endangers or threatens the safety of any person in the university community, including use of force and/or violence.

* Destroys, defaces, or causes the loss of property.

* Violates the law and/or university policies.

Policy Application

This policy applies to all members of the university community.

Individuals/groups that are not members of the university community may only participate in an open expression activity on campus if they are sponsored by a university department or organization. The university sponsor of an outside individual or group is responsible and may be held accountable for any non-compliance by those they sponsor.

This policy does not apply to the rental of university facilities by individuals or groups that are not members of the university community as such rentals are considered private events and are governed by the university’s facility use policies.

Visual communications used in connection with university programs and services are the responsibility of the appropriate university colleges, departments, or originating units and are not covered by this policy. Other visual communications used or circulated at the university are subject to this policy.

All members of the university community are expected to know and follow the Policy on Open Expression. The university reserves the right to withdraw the permission granted to any person who violates this policy, and any member of the university community who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary and/or criminal action.

Reason for Policy:

The Policy on Open Expression informs the university community regarding the free exchange of ideas and the expression of dissent within the University of Illinois at Chicago. Freedom of speech in this context will include all forms of communication and artistic expression as well as the freedom to listen, watch, protest, demonstrate, or otherwise participate in such communication (“open expression”).

Minority Impact Statement:

The policy has no disproportionate or unique effect on UIC’s minority students, faculty, or staff.

Who Should Read the Policy:

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors to UIC.

Definitions:

  1. “Centers" shall mean Student Center East (SCE) at 750 S. Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois and Student Center West (SCW) at 828 S. Wolcott Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.
  2. "Center for Student Involvement staff" shall mean the Executive Director and/or their designees.
  3. "Dean" shall mean the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Dean of Students   and/or their designees.
  4. "Demonstration" shall mean a form of organized public speech related to issues of interest to the organizers and participants.
  5. "Director" shall mean Directors of Campus Auxiliary Services and/or their designees.
  6. "Policy" shall mean "UIC Policy on Open Expression."
  7. "Organized Public Speech" shall mean the organized effort of two or more individuals or a group to convey a specific message(s) and shall not encompass general conversation between or among individuals or groups.
  8. "Registered Student Organization" shall mean UIC student groups officially registered with the Center for Student Involvement Office.
  9. "Staff" shall mean currently employed university personnel: academic and support staff, student employees, volunteers, and the university officers, and Trustees.
  10. "Student" shall mean students currently enrolled at UIC.
  11. "University" shall mean the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  12. "University Community" shall mean persons who are students, employees (e.g., faculty,   staff, and administration), and Trustees of the University.
  13. "Visual Communication" shall mean communicative or expressive material, whether written, typed or printed, or displayed in an electronic format.

Procedures: https://dos.uic.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/262/2020/01/UIC-Open-Expressions-12.19.19.pdf

Forms: Not applicable

Related Laws, Regulations, Statutes, and Policies:

UIC Nondiscrimination Statement

Human Resource Employment Guidelines

Use of University Facilities at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Student Disciplinary Policy

Document History

Approved by: Committee on Policy
Approved date: 5/21/2018
Approved as: New policy