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Free Speech Guidelines

Chemeketa recognizes and supports the rights of free expression and speech.

Free Speech Guidelines

Purpose & Authority

Chemeketa Community College recognizes and supports the rights of free expression and speech.  It is the purpose of these Guidelines to inform members of the College community and the public of the time, place and manner in which they may engage in constitutionally protected speech and expression at Chemeketa.  These individuals or groups include, but are not limited to, those that represent religious organizations, groups desiring petition signatures, political candidates and their representatives, and groups representing political issues. It is the intent of these Guidelines to ensure the primary educational purpose of the College is maintained, while promoting debate and the sharing of information and ideas, while ensuring the safety and security of every individual.

Free Speech Disclaimer

All information and ideas expressed by the individual or organization using the Chemeketa Community College Free Speech areas are that of the individual or organization and do not represent the views of Chemeketa Community College.

  • Definitions
    • “College” means Chemeketa Community College
    • “College Community” means all students and employees of the College including student and employee sponsored organizations
    • ”Person” means any member of the public or the College community
    • “Public” means any individual or group not included in the definition of “College Community"
    • “Speech Activity” means leafleting and distributing flyers, picketing, speech-making, demonstrations, petition circulation, and similar activities
    • “User” means an applicant applying for use of a College facility for a free speech event or someone using College facilities for a free speech event
    • “Weapons” means, including but not limited to, firearms, exploding devices, mace, knifes and flaming torches
  • Locations

    Salem Campus

    • The indoor Free Speech area is a designated space at the base of the stairs in the lobby of Building 2, and shall be large enough to accommodate one six-foot table and two chairs.  Users shall contain their presentation and materials to this area only. Additional space may be allowed as space permits.
    • The outdoor Free Speech areas are located in the Old Quad between buildings 2 and 3 or the New Quad located in the center area circled by buildings 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9.   

    Yamhill Valley Campus

    • The indoor Free Speech area is a designated space in the lobby of Building 1, and shall be large enough to accommodate one six-foot table and two chairs.  Users shall contain their presentation and materials to this area only. Additional space may be allowed as space permits.
    • The Outdoor Free Speech area is located in the Student Circle adjacent to Building 1.   

    Outreach Centers

    • Each College Outreach Center shall designate Free Speech areas appropriate for its facility.
  • Terms & Conditions

    General Rules

    • Users shall contain their presentation and materials to the designated Free Speech areas.  
    • User’s conduct shall not impede individuals or pedestrian traffic flow or disrupt the regular or authorized activities in classrooms, offices and other college facilities.
    • Users shall not force passersby to take materials.
    • Users shall not touch, or strike, or impede the progress of passersby, except for incidental or accidental contact, or contact initiated by a passerby.
    • Users shall not conduct themselves in a manner which a reasonable person would believe will lead to imminent danger or harm to other individuals present or property damage.
    • Users shall not use weapons of any kind or threaten the use of weapons towards other individuals present.
    • Users shall not use or promote the use of open flames, unless specific permission has been granted to use small hand held candles.
    • User’s speech activities shall be conducted at a volume which does not disrupt the orderly conduct of college business, other campus activities, or classes taking place at that time.
    • No means of amplification that creates a noise or diversion that disturbs the orderly conduct of college business, other campus activities, or classes taking place at that time shall be used.
    • Users shall not solicit donations of money, through direct requests for funds, sales of tickets, or otherwise, except where he or she is using the designated area(s) on behalf of and collecting funds for an organization that is registered with the Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation or is an approved Associated Students organization or club.
    • Normal hours of presentation for the Free Speech areas shall be from 8:30 AM to 4 PM on days the College is open for business.
    • With regard to indoor Free Speech areas, users shall be guaranteed only two dates within any given academic term.  Any additional dates are subject to availability and may be scheduled if the indoor Free Speech area has not already been reserved.  
    • Indoor Free Speech areas can be reserved up to six weeks in advance. This six week scheduling period ensures that no single user can reserve so many dates that they exclude other users from the opportunity to use the indoor free speech area.  
    • Indoor Free Speech areas:   Approaching individuals of the public or the college community is not permitted.
    • Outdoor Free Speech areas:  In the event of a counter advocate group wishing to be heard in the same area, the two groups shall remain a minimum of 50 feet away from each other.  The first group of people present in the outdoor free speech area shall choose the area for their speech and the second group of people shall stay a minimum of 50 feet, at all times, away from the first group of people.
    • If users violate federal, state or local laws, including College policies, procedures or guidelines the College reserves the right to take action, up to and including, stopping the event and closing the College.
  • Materials
    • Users shall be allowed to distribute petitions, circulars, leaflets or flyers, newspapers, and other printed matter. Such distribution shall take place only within the designated area(s).  Materials must be distributed by the user, not left on tables around campus(es). Flyers shall not be left on automobile windshields that are parked in College owned and/or controlled parking lots due to the resulting litter problem when owners either remove the flyers from their windshields or they blow off in the wind.  
    • Users shall not use chalk/paint, or any substance that leaves a mark on college property.  College owned and/or controlled property, includes but is not limited to: sidewalks, roadways, buildings, or stairs. Chalking/painting or leaving a mark on college property shall be viewed as graffiti under Oregon law (ORS 164.381-383) and is prohibited. Individuals caught chalking/painting or leaving a mark on college property shall be held responsible for the cost of the removal and clean-up of the graffiti. Law enforcement may be called to enforce the law and students are subject to student discipline. .  
    • Banners and/or table signs are welcomed, but shall only be displayed on the table provided by the College and removed at the end of each day’s free speech activity.
    • Chemeketa shall display a sign containing the following: “Chemeketa Community College neither sponsors nor endorses the content or opinions expressed.”
    • Users shall not hang, tape, stand, or place signs or other objects that may obstruct vision, signage, or walkways, or that may damage College premises without the College’s written permission.
    • Hand held signs or free standing signs are permitted.  Any and all signs must be removed at the end of each day’s free speech activity.  Nothing shall be attached to a College building or pounded into the ground on College property.  All signs shall be removed from College property at the end of each day’s free speech activity.
    • Material distributed in the designated area(s) that is discarded or dropped in or around the designated area(s) other than in an appropriate receptacle must be retrieved and removed or properly discarded by those persons distributing the material prior to their departure from the designated area(s) at the end of each day’s free speech activity.
    • Failure to comply with the terms and conditions outlined in these Guidelines may cause the event to be canceled or jeopardize user’s future access to College property for free speech activity.
  • Scheduling

    Salem Campus

    • Indoor
      • Individuals and groups who wish to use the college’s indoor Free Speech area shall work with the Office of Student Retention and College Life to schedule date and time.
    • Outdoor
      • Individuals and groups who wish to use the college’s outdoor Free Speech area are encouraged to give their name and contact information to the Chemeketa Public Safety office and the Office of Student Retention and College Life in Building 2.

    Yamhill Valley Campus

    • Indoor
      • Individuals and groups who wish to use the college’s indoor Free Speech area shall work with the front desk staff in Building 1 to schedule usage of the free speech area.
    • Outdoor
      • Individuals and groups who wish to use the college’s outdoor Free Speech area are encouraged to give their name and contact information to the College Public Safety office in Building 1.

    Outreach Centers

    • Persons desiring to use the Free Speech areas on any of Chemeketa’s outreach centers shall contact the appropriate outreach center’s Director/Dean’s office.
  • Financial & Legal Considerations

    The user understands that the use of the College facility is at their sole risk and agrees that Chemeketa Community College shall not be liable for any injuries or damages, claims demands, lawsuits, or causes of action (including attorney fees and other expenses thereto) whatsoever to the user, for property damage, bodily injury, and/or death whether or not caused by negligence, arising out of or connected with the user’s use of the Free Speech areas.

    The College shall not be responsible for any loss, damage or theft of the user’s personal property.