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Free Speech

Cal Poly's Commitment

Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of a democratic society and is essential to the educational process. Cal Poly supports the free expression of ideas, values, and opinions, even where they may be unpopular or controversial. Free speech may take a variety of forms, such as speeches, signs, written materials, public assemblies, parades, demonstrations, and artistic representation. Prior to visiting campus, groups are encouraged to read through university policy on time, place, and manner. (CAP 140)


While free speech activities do not require a reservation, Cal Poly strongly encourages individuals to notify campus of your presence. This ensures your group is aware of other activities formally scheduled in surrounding locations. Prior to your arrival, email with the name of your organization, contact information, dates on campus, and campus location. If you are not familiar with campus, the University Scheduling team will provide recommended locations.

Tabling or Booth

If your group is requesting space for tabling or a booth (10 x 10), once your email is received and processed, the University Scheduling team will provide acknowledgment and answer any questions you may have.

Installation of Structure or Use of Equipment

If your group is requesting space for the installation of a structure or is bringing equipment on campus that is not directly on your person, additional approval from campus support areas is required. The university requests a 2 week lead time for these types of activities. If a tent or installation requires fire marshal approval, longer lead times may be required.

Recommended Locations

Cal Poly is a very active community. In order to provide each group with the best campus experience, certain campus locations are recommended for free speech activities. These are high-traffic areas of campus that are ADA accessible.

  • Dexter Lawn
  • Mustang Way
  • The University Union

Locations near housing or dining facilities may impact the daily operations of the university.

Helpful Recourses

CAP 140: Use of University Property and Time, Place and Manner

  • CAP 145.5: Assemblies, Marches and Demonstrations
  • CAP 145.6: Display or Distribution of Published Materials
  • CAP 145.7: Chalking, Posting and Signage
  • CAP 145.8: Distribution of Printed Materials


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