Freedom of Expression Policy
Kellogg Community College is a public institution of higher education whose authority is derived from the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and whose property and resources are primarily dedicated to academic, administrative and related functions. As an institution that highly regards the freedom of speech, freedom of expression and right to peaceably assemble, Kellogg Community College affords groups and individuals an invitation to exercise such freedoms on its grounds. The purpose of this policy is to facilitate expressive activities while ensuring that such activities do not interfere with College operations and the learning environment.
For anyone lawfully present on the College’s campuses, the outdoor and indoor common areas are designated as venues for free expression, including spontaneous expression, speeches, demonstrations and the distribution of information. Anyone who wishes to engage in commercial solicitation is required to reserve time and space for such activities following the terms of the College’s Facility & Grounds Usage and Commercial Solicitation policies.
For purposes of this policy, the term “expressive activity” includes such activities as:
- Meetings and other group activities;
- Speeches, performances, demonstrations, parades, marches, rallies, vigils and other events;
- Distributions of informational materials, such as circulars, newspapers, leaflets and pamphlets;
- Any other expression, including spontaneous expression, protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
While Kellogg Community College maintains its authority to regulate the time, place and manner of expressive activities, it shall not consider or regulate the content or viewpoint of expressive activities when enforcing this policy, including by restricting students’ expression based on concerns about other person(s)’ negative reaction to that expression. When expressive activities occur, Kellogg Community College will work to ensure that such activities transpire without interference by the College, provided the learning environment is not substantially and materially disrupted and campus safety is not compromised by said expressive activities. If persons react negatively to expressive activities occurring on the campus of Kellogg Community College, the College will take necessary steps to ensure campus safety while allowing the expressive activity to continue, unless the College’s operations are materially and substantially disrupted.
For purposes of this policy, the terms “outdoor common” and “indoor common” refer to such areas as:
- Lawns, sidewalks, benches and other outdoor areas that are not otherwise reserved for use;
- Student lounges and other indoor areas designated for social interactions that are not otherwise reserved for use.
For purposes of this policy, the peaceful distribution of informational materials in the indoor and outdoor common areas does not, without more, represent a substantial or material disruption to the learning environment at the College.
Expressive activities, as defined by this policy, are allowed on Kellogg Community College campuses during the periods that College facilities are open to the general public.
No expressive activity at Kellogg Community College shall be permitted to:
- Violate or infringe upon the rights of others;
- Falsely defame an individual;
- Constitute a genuine threat or harassment;
- Invade privacy or confidentiality interests;
- Block access to campus buildings;
- Impede ingress or egress to the College or any College property, pedestrian pathway, parking lot, building, facility or event;
- Obstruct vehicular or pedestrian traffic;
- Include the use of audio amplification devices, unless specifically authorized by the College;
- Include the use of fire or pyrotechnics, unless specifically authorized by the College;
- Affix materials to College buildings, equipment, fences, trees or property, unless specifically authorized by the College.
Kellogg Community College does not assume any obligation or responsibility for the content of expressive activities or materials distributed. People engaging in expressive activities assume responsibility for damages to College property, for the cleanup of materials immediately following the conclusion of expressive activities and for remaining in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws.
Commercial Solicitation Policy
Kellogg Community College prohibits active commercial solicitation on College-owned property unless the activity is specifically authorized by the College. Active commercial solicitation is defined as the promotion or sale of products, merchandise or services for the benefit or profit of individuals or business interests. Groups and individuals seeking to engage in active commercial solicitation activities for a specific duration on College-owned property must first receive written permission, which is contingent upon requestors agreeing to abide by the College’s time, place and manner regulations and comply with all other campus policies.
Student Life maintains public bulletin boards on the Battle Creek campus. Students, faculty, and staff can submit requests for postings. Requests to post non-college related information can be submitted and will be posted if space permits. Priority is granted to KCC-related postings. Bulletin boards are updated at least once each week during the academic year. Postings will remain posted for a maximum of 30 calendar days; once removed from the bulletin boards, postings are recycled. Unauthorized postings will be removed and discarded without notification.
Room Reservations and Meeting Space
Registered student organizations (RSOs) can reserve rooms through their advisor or Student Life. When using space at KCC such as classrooms or conferences rooms for meetings, an advisor must be present; if an advisor cannot attend, RSOs may use any public space at KCC (i.e. Student Center) to meet without an advisor. RSO members and officers should discuss room reservations with the advisor; the advisor or Student Life will make the official request following the established guidelines put forth by the Scheduling Manager. When making a request, be sure to have made the following considerations:
- Number of people expected
- If there will be food at the program/event (not all rooms allow for food)
- Media needs
- Location, especially for attendees who may not be familiar with campus
A request for a specific room can be made; however, there is no guarantee the request can be met. KCC reserves the right to alter room reservations at any time in order to better meet the needs of the KCC community.
RSOs and visitors wishing to set up a table in the Student Center must gain approval from Student Life in advance. Table Request forms are available in Student Life; allow ten (10) business days for processing. RSOs are expected to have tables staffed at all times. RSO requests are granted precedence over Visitor Requests.
Visitor Request Policy
To make a request, visitors must complete a Visitor Request form available in Student Life. Requests are granted on a first come first serve basis and are approved dependent on availability of space. Visitors must adhere to the KCC fundraising and solicitation policy (Refer to policy).