Speech and Public Forum

Policy 1062 and Procedure 1062.1

Students, employees and members of the public shall be free to exercise their rights of free expression, subject to the requirements of the policy and the corresponding Board procedure.

Schoolcraft College campuses are generally non-public forums, except for those areas that are designated public forums available for the exercise of expression by students, employees, and members of the public. The President or designee shall enact such administrative procedures as are necessary to reasonably regulate the time, place, and manner of the exercise of free expression in the limited public forums.

This policy does allow the College to regulate hate crimes or harassing expressions directed at students that have the intent or effect of reasonably denying their participation in the educational process so long as the regulation conforms to the requirements of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and of Section 5 of Article I of the Michigan Constitution. Students may be disciplined for harassment, threats or intimidation, unless such speech is determined to be constitutionally protected.