Freedom of Expression - University of Houston
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The University of Houston is committed to fostering a learning environment where free inquiry and expression are encouraged.


The University expects that persons engaging in expressive activities will demonstrate civility, concern for the safety of persons and property, respect for University activities, respect for those who may disagree with their message, and compliance with University policies and applicable local, state and federal laws. The purpose of the University of Houston Freedom of Expression Policy (MAPP 01.05.01) is to provide for organized expressive activities to be conducted on the grounds of the University in a manner consistent with these principles.

Policy Summary

The Freedom of Expression Policy is applicable to University of Houston students, faculty, staff, and others who wish to engage in expressive activities, including extracurricular public speaking, literature distribution, poster displays, sign displays, any other type of graphic exhibitions, expressive performances, petitioning or similar noncommercial activities, at locations on University property. Literature distribution must comply with the rules stated in the Freedom of Expression Policy.

This policy does not apply to official University activities. The University of Houston maintains its right to place reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on organized expressive activities.

Non-permitted commercial activities (as defined in the Freedom of Expression Policy) are not allowed.

Expressive activities permitted under this policy do not imply official endorsement by the University. Groups or individuals engaged in expressive activities are responsible for the content of the expression.

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Use of Space

1. University buildings are reserved for use by the University of Houston students, faculty, and staff, except as otherwise permitted by the policies of the University.

2. Those who wish to engage in an expressive activity (including literature distribution) may engage in such expressive activity in the University’s common areas (e.g., University parks and sidewalks) without prior registration or approval.

3. University of Houston faculty, staff, students, and members of registered student organizations may reserve the outdoor areas in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Freedom of Expression Policy.

Engage Respectfully

1. Activities that are unlawful or materially and substantially disruptive to the normal operations of the University, including classes and University business activities, will not be tolerated.

2. Groups or individuals engaging in disruptive activities or failing to comply with University policies and applicable local, state, and federal laws may face immediate removal from the campus and other appropriate actions by University officials and University police.