Nevada State College is committed to assuring that all people may exercise the constitutionally-protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly and worship.
The time, place, and manner of exercising speech and advocacy on campus are subject to campus procedures, which shall provide for noninterference with College functions. Additionally, campus procedures shall provide reasonable protection to people against practices that would place them in reasonable fear, as determined by the College, for their personal safety.
Amplification: Sound is produced or made louder by any electric, electronic, mechanical, or motor-powered means.
Distribution: Dissemination of printed materials, including papers, signs, posters, and banners of any type on Nevada State College property.
Event (also known as a Special Event): Any activity, occasion, reception, performance, special meal, conference, training, meeting, or any combination thereof that does not appear in a published class schedule. Appointments and classes are excluded. All events, activities, and meetings scheduled by external organizations must be scheduled using the Facilities Use Agreement.
An event may take place at a venue off-campus as well.
Grounds Open to the Public: Outdoor areas of the campus (e.g. lawns, patios, plazas) that are at least twenty (20) feet from the entrances/exits of campus buildings and parking lots, that do not restrict movement on campus walkways, and that are also a safe distance from the curbs of campus roads.
Manner: Manner-based limitations are those which regulate the mode of individual expression.
Place: Place-based limitations are those which regulate where individuals may express themselves.
Posting: Placement, affixing, or posting of printed materials, including papers, signs, posters, and banners of any type on Nevada State College property.
Tabling: Use of one or more tables to promote an organization and advertise organizational or departmental Events at a College-sponsored Event. Tabling may not be used to promote local businesses, for fundraising activities (except for fundraising activities conducted by Nevada State College), or for outside organizations unless the organization is co-sponsored by an academic department, administrative office, or officially recognized student organization for the activity involved. In co-sponsorship situations, the academic department, administrative office, or officially recognized student organization must submit the Tabling request for the Event they are co-sponsoring.
Time: Time-based limitations are those which regulate when individuals may express themselves.
The College has an obligation to protect free inquiry and free expression. On College grounds open generally to the public, all individuals may exercise the constitutionally-protected rights of free expression, speech and assembly. Such activities must not unreasonably interfere with the right to the College to conduct its affairs in an orderly manner and to maintain its property, nor may they interfere with the College’s obligation to protect the rights of all to teach, study, and fully exchange ideas. Physical force, the threat of force, or other coercive actions used to subject anyone to a speech of any kind is expressly forbidden.
This policy in no way constitutes a prohibition on the right to express ideas and views expressed by individuals on College grounds.
A person’s exercise of constitutional rights, including free speech and advocacy, may not unreasonably hinder orderly behavior, the normal conduct of College affairs, or safety. The College must be able to ensure safety, security, and order, prevent unlawful conduct, preserve architectural aesthetics, and limit the volume of solicitations in public areas. The College may subject all speech and conduct in public areas to reasonable Time, Place, and Manner regulations as long as the regulations are content-neutral, narrowly tailored to serve a significant functional end, and leave open ample alternative channels of communication. Time, Place, and Manner standards for exercising free speech and advocacy shall not be based on the content of the speech.
The College grounds are open to the public except those locations where such activity would significantly interfere with and/or disrupt College business (e.g. immediately adjacent to classrooms, where teaching and learning would be disrupted, or narrow walkways or corridors where the free flow of foot-traffic would be impeded).
All activity in Grounds Open to the Public, as defined in this policy, must be conducted in such a way that traffic is not impeded and normal activity in classrooms and offices is not disrupted.
Non-College individuals are permitted to speak in areas of the campus Grounds Open to the Public without invitation. Certain specific areas and properties available for public meetings and gatherings may be reserved. Though not required, reservations are strongly encouraged in order to ensure that a location is available for outdoor assembly at a specific date and time. The College may change the locations available for reservations in accordance with reasonable Time, Place, and Manner restrictions.
Except for College events, Amplification is not allowed on College grounds.
Campus Facilities exist to provide the spaces in which the College’s primary mission can be carried out. Therefore, Event space requests are limited to student organizations, College schools and departments, and invited guests, and any activity occurring in a campus facility must be an appropriate use of that facility. At all times, Nevada State College maintains the right:
Facilities Use Agreement