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Policy Manual – Free Speech and Assembly

Section 212 Free Speech and Assembly

Effective: 11/21/67
Last Revised: 1/23/74
Responsible Office: University Counsel

Policy Statement:
Recognizing that many citizens have differing views on the matter of whom and which groups should have an opportunity to express opinions and meet on our University of Maine System Campuses, the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System affirms its commitments to the rights of free speech and assembly.

To that principle, there shall be no restrictions, on any of the System institutions, placed on the fundamental rights of free speech and assembly, except those necessary to preserve the order for the University System to function as an institution of higher learning.

The administration of each university is responsible for establishing appropriate procedures for the implementation of this policy and for the protection of the rights of individuals through adequate review of alleged violations of the policy.