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Free Speech Statement

Sacramento City College is committed to ensuring that all persons may exercise their constitutionally protected rights of free expressions, speech, and assembly. It is the responsibility of the college president to ensure an ongoing opportunity for the expression of a variety of viewpoints.

The time, place, and manner of exercising the constitutionally-protected rights of free expression, speech, and assembly are subject to Sacramento City College policies and practice. They shall provide for non-interference with college functions and reasonable protection to persons against practices that would make them involuntary audiences or place them in reasonable fear for their personal safety, as determined by the college.

First Amendment Protections

What's Protected

The First Amendment to the US Constitution protects speech and expressive conduct from censorship by the government based upon its content. Examples include:

  • Gathering to protest
  • Handing out information and leaflets or displaying photographs
  • Holding up signs
  • Speeches
  • Burning a flag in protest
  • Dancing
  • Marching

There are very limited exceptions to this protection. Sacramento City College is part of the government and may not censor speech based on its content.

What's Not Protected

Unprotected speech generally falls into four categories:

The following conduct is generally not free speech and may be disciplined or halted:

  • Willful disturbance of any lawful meeting (must substantially impair the meeting by intentional conduct in violation of implicit or explicit rules for the meeting that the violator knew or should have known)
  • Fighting
  • Obstruction of a police officer in the lawful exercise of their duties
  • Unlawful assembly and refusal to disperse
  • Vandalism and defacing someone else's property
  • Disturbance by loud and unreasonable noise
  • Trespassing
  • Theft

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