Free Speech Guidelines

If you are setting up a table, prior reservation is required. On-campus groups need to submit the SRR form and offcampus groups the FLAR form. You may bring you own table (and chairs) or rent them from us for $25/day. Please note parking is $5/day. Permits can be purchased at the Information Booths or from lot dispensers, see Campus Map for Locations.

If you will just be standing, you may do so at the Free Speech locations (see below)without a reservation.

Handbills and Circulars

Non-commercial leaflets, fliers, handbills and circulars may be distributed at all times in the designated public forums identified in Section X and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Friday on other university walkways and outside entrances to university buildings so long as such activity conforms to the limitations described in Section III above. Any nonuniversity group or individual who is not a student or employee of the university that seeks to circulate such handbills and circulars should register with the office of Student Leadership and Development and with the Office of the Dean at PDC upon arrival by providing copies of the material they will be circulating and identifying any organizational affiliation. Personal identification is not required. Handbills and circulars may not be left on the windshields of automobiles parked on university grounds.

Designated Public Forums

The following four areas at the San Bernardino campus are designated public forums in which all members of the university community and non-university community may exercise their free speech rights without special restriction.

  • The patio area of the Commons Building
  • The grassy knoll (Coyote Corral) between the Lower Commons Plaza and the campus service road by Serrano Village
  • Library Lawn
    Clubs and organizations will be allowed to use the library lawn on Wednesdays and Thursdays between the permitted amplification hours (11 AM to 2 PM and 4PM to 6PM)
  • Grass area west (Wilson Park) of the Student Recreation & Fitness Center -- Under Construction (not usable)

All areas are available to individual students, faculty, and staff and to university organizations on a first-come, first-served basis for free speech activities. If and when sound amplification is to be used at any of the San Bernardino sites, prior reservations must be made as described in Section XI (on policy).

Distribution of Published Materials

The display and free distribution of books, newspapers, pamphlets and other published materials is permitted provided that such published materials are not available for sale at the campus bookstore.

Sale, display, or distribution of published materials will be permitted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, or at other times by special permit, in the designated vendor area as indicated in Section XII or other location by special permit, provided such activity conforms

  • No harassment of persons in the area.
  • No physical contact of individuals without their consent.
  • No prolonged or repeated contact with persons who have declined the material.
  • No noise louder than normal conversation.
  • No illegal misrepresentation of the true name or purpose of the material or of any organization involved in its distribution.

For more information see the POLICY ON SPEECH AND ADVOCACY.