Expectations for Free Speech Activities

YCCD Board Policy 3900  Time, Place & Manner

The Yosemite Community College District wholly supports student, employee, and public free speech, and supports every individual’s right to express his or her views. YCCD supports civil discourse as a fundamental pillar of education. The Yosemite Community College District identifies free speech areas as those generally available to students and the community, and these are defined as grassy areas, walkways or other similar common areas.  In these areas of the Colleges of the District, which are designated as limited public forums, the Chancellor shall enact such administrative procedures as are necessary to reasonably regulate the time, place and manner of the exercise of free expression in the areas.  The areas the District has not designated as set forth above, are not opened up for expressive use (such as speech, demonstration, or similar activity) generally by students, employees or the community.

The Board reserves the right to change this designation of areas for any reason authorized by law.

The administrative procedures promulgated by the Chancellor shall not prohibit the right of students to exercise free expression, including but not limited to the use of bulletin boards designated for such use, the distribution of printed materials or petitions in those parts of the College designated as “free speech areas”, and the wearing of buttons, badges, or other insignia.  Nothing in this policy shall prohibit the regulation of hate violence, so long as the regulation conforms to the requirements of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and of Section 2 of Article 1 of the California Constitution.