Freedom of Expression

Free Expression Encouraged—Learn Your Rights & Responsibilities

LBCC and the LBCC Board of Education believe that freedom of expression is essential to the fulfillment of our mission, values, and goals. The purpose of this policy is to affirm and guide our deep commitment to free expression. We believe that engaging with individuals and groups with beliefs and perspectives different from our own is a learning experience that enhances our understanding of the world and ourselves. . . . as an inclusive college, LBCC commits to protecting and creating the opportunity for expression by all of us in a manner that fosters inquiry, debate, and understanding. We accept that we will encounter expression that may create a wide range of feelings, including discomfort, anger, frustration, and offense. We value the learning experience that results from thoughtful engagement with all protected expression, knowing free expression is necessary for accomplishing our mission and sustaining our values.


In the following web sections, persons/groups/department personnel wishing to share a message at LBCC will find guidance on the many times, places and manners by which expression is fully supported and protected in a content-neutral manner. While individuals are welcome to share diverse viewpoints, the college expects attempts to also keep our expression of disagreements both constructive and respectful (see "Respectfully Engage" below to understand how to disagree with respect and to find expressive workshops, club gatherings, and events.) Also see headings below for information on inviting or organizing “Speakers & Events,” using designated spaces and guidelines for “Posting Content;” including use of bulletin boards, whiteboards, digital signage, field signs and the like; information on appropriate spaces/means of protesting or demonstrating on campus. Learn our three types of spaces, each with its own expressive guidelines/rules:

  • Non-Public Forum (classroom and offices, for example -- Are there speech rights in these spaces?);
  • Limited Public Forum (Library, Learning Center, theaters, and spaces where scheduled events occur -- what are the rules for these spaces?);
  • Open Public Forum -- Where do we have the greatest freedoms?

Understand how the college will respond to situations when "Protected Speech Contradicts College Values." And learn the "Exceptions", which are the types of speech that will never be protected and may be subject to interruption or consequences under our Student Rights, Responsibilities & Conduct Code. Finally, learn what the college has committed to do when “Protected Speech Contradicts LBCC Community Values.” (See Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.)

Respectful Engagement

The college and its student clubs offer several resources for learning about respectful engagement with viewpoint diversity. These resources include:

  • Join Us for Expressive Events Coming Soon in Our Community

  • Student Clubs and co-curriculars
  • Yearning to Learn or Read More on Free Expression


Times, Places, & Manners of Speech

Bringing My Message to Campus

  • Art and Art Galleries

    LBCC Art Galleries are either Non-Public Forum or Limited Public Forum where art is displayed by permission of the college and/or any recognized student group appointed to select and hang art. No individual, employee, student or public person has a right to post in these galleries except through the art submission processes established by each gallery and the art department or gallery sponsor. The college will generally refrain from interfering with the selection processes established by those who manage the art galleries and will refrain from judging the content or message of the artist in terms of right to post. Individuals wishing to offer art for gallery display should contact art faculty. For rules on Non-Public Forum and Limited Public Forum, see those headings in Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression. Art galleries may display art that is controversial or only for adult viewing. Parental discretion is advised in these areas. Galleries are strongly encouraged to post signs at all entrances to notify students and the public when they are entering a gallery which may contain content not suitable for children. In addition, galleries are encouraged to be thoughtful to post mature art in locations where students and the public (including children) may opt in, rather than be forced to opt out.

    Individuals or student groups wishing to post art in Open Public Forum may use the public bulletin boards and other Open Public Forum spaces to share their art so long as they comply with all rules for those spaces.

    Reminder: If there is no rule, the space or method of communication is generally not permitted. Questions may be referred to the Office of Student Development.

  • Banners

    See the section on Banners in Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

  • Collection Bins for Charitable Purposes

    See the section on Collection Bins in Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

  • Demonstrations, Displays, & Tabling

    See the sections on Demonstrations and Displays and Tabling in Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

  • Field & Lawn Signs

    See the sections on Yard Signs and Field signs in Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

  • Flyers, Posters, Bulletin Boards, Digital Signs & Whiteboards

    For information about where you can post flyers, look at the Bulletin Boards section of Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

    There are two required statements for any flyers

    Electronic monitors are for college and student organization use only. Whiteboards and digital signage for communications in public or limited public spaces will be treated otherwise as bulletin boards and are designated for user at time of placement.. To add a whiteboard, bulletin board or digital signage for college department use, the building manager must consent. To add these for student, student organizations or public use, must be approved by Dean of Students and the relevant building manager. In some cases, the College will consult student leaders on the addition of or removal of these communication tools.

  • Open Public Forum vs Limited Public Forum vs Non Public Forum

    Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression defines the three types of forums, with particular rules and expectations. Please direct any question about these types of forum to the Dean of Students.

  • Partisan Endorsement

    For information see the Partisan Endorsement section of Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

  • Physical Structures, such as Booths, for Sharing a Message

    Construction of Structures for Expression

    Persons or organizations wishing to place a temporary structure are to consult with the Office of Public Safety and Risk Management and Facilities to ensure the structure is safely constructed, and properly maintained by the sponsor for the duration of the demonstration. The College reserves the right in a content-neutral manner to direct such persons to Open Public Forum or Limited Public Forum locations as an alternative to approval of erecting a structure. Any approved structure shall be placed pursuant to a negotiated agreement and published standards of the College and shall remain on campus no longer than two hours past the time approved for the event. No person may camp or habitate in the structure. Risk Management shall have primary voice in determining safety and other issues in the approval or disapproval of a structure. Structures may be on display for no more than 30 consecutive days. The sponsor may contact Public Safety about the availability of a location for a structure to learn if other planned uses of the space would reduce the time the structure could be on display.

  • Publications

    Student Publications

    Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression. contains rules about student publications. Rob Priewe and the Dean of Students are good resources for understanding these policies.

    Administrative Rule 7030-01: Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct Code (Section B) discusses the freedom to create student publications.

    College and Community Publications

    Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression. contains rules about college and community publications. Please direct questions to Marketing and Office of Data and Decision Support.

  • Sandwich Boards

    See the section on Sandwich Boards in Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

  • Scheduling Use or Reserving Spaces

    Students, Staff, and the Community can schedule open and limited forum spaces throughout the college for Freedom of Expression activities. To schedule a location in Open Public Forum, contact the Public Safety Office at 541-917-4440 or at security@linnbenton.edu.

    To schedule a table in Takena Hall, contact Dean of Students Office at keithv@linnbenton.edu.

    To schedule other spaces, contact Food & Conference Services at

    (See also Administrative Rule 5045: Use of College Facilities & Conference Services.)

  • Social Media

    College and student organizations may offer social media and create rules for engaging within the platforms. More details are are available in the Social Media section of Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

  • Speakers and Events

    See the section on Speakers by Invitation in Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

  • Student Expression and Beliefs in the Classroom

    See the section on Speakers and Events in Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

  • Table Tents & Flyers

    See the section on Table Tents and Flyers in Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression.

What Will The College Do When Protected Speech Contradicts College Values

Please check back for a message from the President.

What Speech is Not Protected

  1. See Administrative Rule 1055-01: Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression for non-protected speech (examples, harassment, inciting a riot, true threats, right to require uniforms and safety gear be worn in class/labs).
  2. See AR 1055-01 for limitation on posting to exterior building doors ("Doorway Posting"). Only two departments may post to exterior building doors: Facilities may post college closure notices and Public Safety may post safety notices or other notices as required by law.
  3. Posting of materials on brick or painted walls is not permitted by any person, employee or otherwise
  4. Posting or materials in restrooms is not permitted by any person, employee or otherwise.
  5. Cell phone and camera use is not permitted in restrooms, locker rooms, or areas where people dress and undress.
  6. Faculty and employees govern whether cell phones may be used in class or staff offices. The default policy (Administrative Rule 7030-01: Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct Code) is without permission, cell phones are not to be used in these locations. Exceptions may be granted by employees of CFAR.
  7. If a type of expression is not listed it is prohibited. Send inquiries to the Office of Student Development

When unprotected speech occurs, the College may choose to stop or remove the speech, give consequences for the speech, add its own speech, or take other appropriate actions.

To report if your rights are violated and how to report unlawful speech, use our online reporting system. For an emergency, go to LBCC Campus Public Safety in Red Cedar Hall, first floor.