UVU strives to create an environment where varied ideas are shared, and voices are heard. This website provides information about your right to exchange ideas on this campus without censorship. Refer to the UVU Freedom of Speech Policy for more detail.

How to Free Speech

Protests and Demonstrations

Protests and demonstrations are welcome on campus as free exchange of ideas and expression.

It is not necessary for a person planning a protest or demonstration to get prior permission from the University. Individuals may speak in any outdoor area. The university also provides places inside the Sorensen Student Center, outside the Student Life and Wellness Center Plaza, and the Pope Science Courtyard. These areas are available to anyone, as long as that area is not already reserved for other activities. Prior scheduling is encouraged, but not required. Priority to any area is always given to those with the reservation. To schedule a specific location or for questions regarding reservations for a designated area, please contact Event Services. Speaker areas can be reserved for two hours at a time.

If you are planning a protest or demonstration on campus keep in mind the following restrictions:

  • It may not take place in quiet areas indoors where it would cause a substantial disruption for others. For example: Laboratories, The Reflection Center, Woodbury Art Museum, The Fulton Library, Bingham Gallery, Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, and other indoor venues where theatrical/musical performances, classes, or ceremonies are occurring.
  • It may not take place inside buildings where minors are predominantly presented. These areas include (but are not limited to): The Wee Care Center, The Cole Nellesen Building, or areas where youth camps are taking place.
  • It may not be violent or impose a meaningful risk to human safety (e.g., blocking fire exits).
  • It should not cause an unnecessary disturbance to the functioning of the University, interfere with the rights of fellow university members, or damage university or private property.
  • It may not violate UVU conduct policies.

Posting of Signs, Notices, Posters, Banners, and Flyers

UVU does not limit expression, including signage, based on viewpoint. For information on signage visit UVU’s Signage Website

The University provides space indoors and outdoors for posting signs, notices, posters, and banners. These signs, notices, posters, and banners may include signs for events and expressions of positions and ideas on social or political topics.

All temporary signage must obtain a stamped expiration date from Campus Connection prior to posting.

Signs, notices and posters may be placed in bulletin boards and kiosks located on UVU campus that are maintained by the University. They may not be posted on bulletin boards or kiosks maintained by academic and administrative departments of the University or in classrooms. They also cannot be placed on the following locations unless authorized by the Dean of Students: trees, parts of buildings (walls, doors, windows, fixtures, handrails), fountains, statues, equipment, furniture or machinery.

Basically, if it is in a location that is not approved, expect the sign to be taken down. You can request a signage location by filling out the form on UVU’s Signage Website.


Structures (e.g. booths, buildings, billboards, banners, and large lawn signs) may be erected on campus and may deal with any subject matter. Limitations may exist as to the location of the structure and physical requirements.

A permit is required from Event Services prior to erecting structures

Click here for comprehensive instructions on this process.

How to Academic Freedom

  • Students have the right to free exchange of ideas and to artistic expression. They have the right to free speech, open discussion, inquiry and academic freedom without prior restraint or censorship.
  • Faculty will evaluate students only on their academic performance and not on students’ opinions or conduct unrelated to the academic standards of the course.
  • Some readings and discussions, even unpopular ones, are part of getting an education and faculty are protected in facilitating such discussions. Be respectful of the learning environment of other students and faculty position.
  • Both tenured and non-tenured faculty have the right to academic freedom in teaching, scholarly and creative activities, and service to the university and their professions.
  • Faculty have the right to examine and communicate ideas relevant to their courses.
  • Faculty and students alike have the right to classrooms free of violence and systematic disruption.
  • No person can use academic freedom or freedom of speech as a pretext to discriminate or create a hostile environment.