On-Campus Expressive Activity
Freedom of speech is at the core of the mission of higher education. The first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects freedom of speech, a fundamental and human right of all American citizens. The right protects all speech regardless of its content. Any attempt to restrict speech at public colleges and universities is a direct violation of the United States Constitution. The restrictions set forth by the first amendment establish that students, factually and administrators do not have the right to silence any individual or group of individuals.
Things To Remember
Engaging Will Only Fuel The Fire
- A speakers’ goal is to get a reaction from their audience, either positive or negative and have you engage with them. They longer you engage and entertain them, the longer they will stay.
You Never Know Who Is Watching
- These events are often recorded. How you act can be documented and possibly posted online or on social media platforms without context. When conducting yourself in these spaces remember to be mindful of your actions and language.
Violence is NEVER Acceptable
- No matter how angry you get, you should never resort to violence or any kind of physicality. These kinds of actions can result in disciplinary action, not only from the University but also local, state and federal law enforcement.
How You Can Respond
- We understand that some of the content of a speaker can be considered controversial. Please remember one of the most powerful message is simply walking away.
Organize Your Own Demonstration
- Never feel as though you need to stay quiet on the issues that matter most to you. Gather a group of passionate students and stage a peaceful protest. Read up on Montclair State University’s policies to ensure you follow the proper procedures.
- Talk with your friends and peers who have differing opinions than you. Civil discourse helps us understand other people’s perspectives.