Freedom of Expression Report

R.C. 3345.0214(A) Report Submitted by Kent State University

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(1) Kent State University has complied with R.C. 3345.0212* by taking the following actions:

  • Kent State University does not prohibit any member of the Campus Community from engaging in noncommercial expressive activity on campus, so long as the individual’s conduct is lawful and does not materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the institution.
  • Kent State University does not charge a security fee to any students or student groups based on the content of their expression, the content of the expression of their invited guest, or the anticipated reaction to an invited guest’s expression.
  • Kent State University has adopted a policy on harassment that adheres to the R.C. 3345.0211 definition.
  • Kent State University has published in its handbook, on its website, and in its orientation programs the policies, regulations, and expectations of students regarding free expression on campus.
  • Kent State University has developed and distributed materials, programs, and procedures about the policies, regulations, and duties of the institution regarding free expression on campus to individuals responsible for the education or discipline of students.

(2) Kent State University has complied with R.C. 3345.0213 by taking the following actions:

  • Kent State University does not limit Campus Community speech to “free speech zones” or designate Outdoor Areas of Campuses where expressive activities are prohibited.
  • Kent State University has published criteria for view-point and content-neutral time, place and manner restrictions that provide for ample alternative means for expressive activity that allow for members of the campus community to spontaneously and contemporaneously assemble and distribute material.

(3) Kent State University provides the following description of any barriers to or incidents of disruption of free expression occurring on campus, including attempts to block or prohibit speakers and any investigation of students or student groups on the basis of expression, including the nature of each barrier or incident and the disciplinary action, if any, taken against members of the campus community determined to be responsible for the barriers or incidents:

  • There have been no reported barriers to or incidents of disruption of free expression occurring on campus. There have been no attempts to block or prohibit speakers. There have been no investigations of any students or student groups on the basis of expression.

(4) Kent State University provides the following information it finds necessary and appropriate for the public to evaluate whether the free expression rights for members of the campus community have been adequately protected.

  • No additional information is found to be necessary and appropriate.

* All terms used in this report conform to the definitions provided in ORC 3345.0211

This report has been published in accordance with R.C. 3345.0214(B).