Freedom of Speech


We recognize your First Amendment right to free speech. Therefore, we have always made the following arrangements to accommodate you. The Vice President or his/her designee will identify an area for free speech. You will be allowed to stand there and address students and other passers-by in the vicinity. In order to avoid scheduling conflicts, and to ensure that you have the opportunity to deliver your message, we ask that you make arrangements with one of the following offices:

Vice President of Student Affairs........ 430-4742

Director of ASU Police ........... 430-4711

When contacting one of these offices, please specify the date and time you would like to speak. The University recognizes the rights of freedom of assembly and speech. At the same time, it recognizes its responsibility for operating and maintaining an orderly educational environment. As a speaker, you have the responsibility not to disrupt the educational process and to refrain from slander and the use of inflammatory remarks or "fighting words." Individuals who fail to notify University officials of their presence, disrupt the educational process, or slander others will be escorted off the campus.


These excerpts from the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated (O.C.G.A.), define certain forms of expression which have been ruled NOT protected under First amendment guarantees:

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE: Language, which is "prone to ill-treat by coarse, insulting words" or words which are "injurious, hurtful, offensive, reproachful."

16-11-40 (GCA 26-2804) CRIMINAL DEFAMATION

(a) A person commits the offense of Criminal Defamation when, without privilege to do so and with the intent to defame another, living or dead or which exposes one who is alive to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, and which tends to provoke a breach of the peace.

Specifically, if abusive language of a defamatory nature is directed at an INDIVIDUAL, it is prohibited. "Blanket" statements such as "Yankees are bad people," would be permitted, whereas, "John Smith is evil because he is a Yankee," would not be allowed. Speakers exercising their First Amendment rights are reminded that singling out persons for ridicule or condemning individuals for their personal traits does not constitute abusive language and is proscribed.


16-11-39 G *** CODE SECTION *** 12/03/01

16-11-39. Disorderly Conduct

(a) A person commits the offense of disorderly conduct when such person commits any of the following:

(1) Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby such person is placed in reasonable fear of the safety of such person's life, limb, or health;

(2) Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby the property of such person is placed in danger of being damaged or destroyed;

(3) Without provocation, uses to or of another person in such other person's presence, opprobrious or abusive words which by their very utterance tend to incite to an immediate breach of the peace, that is to say, words which as a matter of common knowledge and under ordinary circumstances will, when used to or of another person in such other person's presence, naturally tend to provoke violent resentment, that is, words commonly called "fighting words"; or

(4) Without provocation, uses obscene and vulgar or profane language in the presence of or by telephone to a person under the age of 14 years which threatens an immediate breach of the peace.

(b) Any person who commits the offense of disorderly conduct shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

16-7-21. Criminal Trespass

(a) A person commits the offense of criminal trespass when he or she knowingly and without authority:

(2) Enters upon the land or premises of another person or into any part of any vehicle, railroad car, aircraft, or watercraft of another person after receiving, prior to such entry, notice from the owner, rightful occupant, or, upon proper identification, an authorized representative of the owner or rightful occupant that such entry is forbidden.