XVIII. Free Speech Notification
Free Speech Notification
“Pursuant to Virginia Code § 23.1-401.1, Richard Bland College (“RBC”) hereby notifies the RBC Campus Community regarding the policies RBC has in place to ensure that everyone’s free speech rights are guaranteed, limited only to the extent authorized by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The relevant policies can be found as follows: Freedom of Speech and Assembly on Campus, https://www.rbc.edu/policy-manual/campus-safety-police-policies/; the Social Media Policy and Proper Placement of Postings, https://www.rbc.edu/policy-manual/communications-policy/. These policies are located on the RBC website as indicated and in the Student Handbook. All student orientation programs also shall include these policies.
Report any disruptions regarding constitutionally protected speech to the RBC Communications Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-862-6214.”
Freedom of Speech and Assembly on Campus
Responsibility for Maintenance: Director of Campus Safety and Chief of Police
I. Policy Statement
Individuals and organizations wishing to exercise their freedom of speech or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, must register with the Office of Campus Safety and Police at least 24 hours in advance if exercising such speech or rights to assemble would in any way be disruptive to anyone within the campus community, including RBC employees or students. Standard space reservation procedures must be followed. If notice is given less than 24 hours in advance, the College will make every effort to grant such a request provided that safety and security issues and logistical concerns can be appropriately addressed.
The location of the assembly will be determined by College officials in consultation with the organizers and will be based on safety and security concerns.
It is not the intent of this policy to censor or otherwise limit free expression. However, exercises of free speech and rights to assemble must be peaceable, orderly, nondisruptive, and comply with College standards of conduct and other RBC policies.
II. Reason for Policy
This policy provides guidance for the appropriate use of College space for free speech and assembly activities.
III. Applicability of the Policy
This policy applies to all individuals and organizations wishing to use College facilities for free speech and assembly activities.
IV. Related Documents
Department of Campus Safety and Police Director of Campus Safety and Chief of Police
Proper Placement of Postings
Responsibility for Maintenance: Director of Communications
(Approved by President Sydow, March 15, 2018)
I. Policy Statement
Consistent with Richard Bland College’s Facilities Master Plan, postings are not allowed to be placed directly on windows, doors, display cases, stair rails, walls of public corridors, or other surfaces. The College will make appropriate devices available for standard communications (e.g., bulletin boards, insert sleeves, cork boards, digital screens, etc.).
The walls inside faculty offices as well as faculty office doors and common areas within office suites, considered an extension of classroom communication tools, are exempt from this policy.
II. Reasons for Policy
The posting policy is necessary to maintain a safe, comfortable physical environment that is non-threatening and conducive to learning, to promote a positive image of the College, and to avoid residual adhesive that damages surfaces.
III. Application of the Policy
This policy applies to the entire College community and visitors.
Director of Communications
(804) 862-6214 or (804) 347-3321
“Postings” include but are not limited to: flyers, signs, paper cutouts, handouts, advertisements, notices, manuals, artwork, booklets, brochures, circulars, folders, leaflets, pamphlets, and instructions.
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