Free Speech Commission - Friday, February 9

February 7, 2018

Dear faculty, staff and students,

The Free Speech Commission invites comment from faculty, staff, and students on Friday, February 9 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the ASUC Senate Chambers (fifth floor of Eshleman Hall) on the question of how the campus's principles of community can be more effectively implemented within the campus's obligations under the First Amendment. The Commission would also appreciate comment on the following questions:

  • How can we best protect the right of non-violent protest?
  • How can we contain the costs of security for major events? 
  • How can we make the police a less intimidating presence at major events without compromising security?
  • Should students be able to serve as observers (as staff and faculty can now serve) at major events?
  • Does rental of facilities by the non-affiliated public come at the expense of campus use, and do these rentals generate enough income to make them worth continuing to support? Should fewer facilities be available for public rental?
  • Does the campus need to develop a centralized reservation system for all of its facilities?

Speakers and spectators will need to show a valid Cal ID at the door. Students who do not yet have a Cal ID may show CalCentral proof of registration. Depending on the number of speakers, the Commission may limit speaking time so everyone has an equal chance to be heard.

If you cannot make this session, you are welcome to submit a statement in writing to the Commission at

Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!


Free Speech Commission Co-Chairs
Prudence L. Carter, Dean & Professor, Graduate School of Education, and
R. Jay Wallace, Judy Chandler Webb Distinguished Chair, Department of Philosophy


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