Commission on Multicultural Understanding

Free Speech

Indiana University is committed to the free exchange of ideas.

As a member of the IU Bloomington community, you may engage in any of the following free speech activities as long as you abide by all University policies regarding space reservation and on campus demonstrations.

  • Peaceful and orderly protests
  • Counter-protest
  • Demonstrations
  • Picketing

Please remember that Indiana University does not endorse the message of any particular speaker or group of speakers.

Free Speech, Demonstration and Political Campaigns Guidelines

IU’s Free Speech, Demonstration and Political Campaigns Guidelines apply to all areas on the University campus and are intended to promote public health, safety, and welfare.

In general, activities may NOT

  • Violate any federal, state or local law.
  • Threaten to the personal safety of community members.
  • Interfere with the educational, research, service, or other legitimate functions of the University.
  • Violate the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
  • Block safe access to exits and entrances, hallways, sidewalks, streets, etc.

Read the complete Free Speech, Demonstration and Political Campaigns Guidelines here.

How to Find and Reserve the Right Location

There are numerous locations on campus available to express your views. Visit Student Life and Learning to reserve a space and learn rights and responsibilities.

Tips for Interacting with Demonstrators
  • Do not ridicule or provoke demonstrators. They are allowed to express their opinion.
  • If you are approached by a demonstrator and do not want to engage in discussion, keep moving or tell them you are not interested in having a conversation.
  • If you want to stage a counter position, you may do so. Contact Student Life and Learning to reserve a proximate location on campus.
What To Do If Your Rights Are Violated
  • If your personal safety is being violated or threatened, call 911.
  • If your physical access to the campus and its facilities is being blocked, call the IU Police Department at 855-4111.
  • If you feel your right of free speech has been violated, you may request an investigation with the Dean of Students. (Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, Part I, Section E, page 4, approved by Indiana University Board of Trustees, June 24, 2005)