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Public Expression, Assembly & Forum Policy

It is the desire of Biola University to promote appropriate expression of diverse views that do not fundamentally conflict with the mission/identity of our unique Christian higher education community. To accomplish this, provision is made for public expression through rallies, demonstrations, marches, silent vigils, peaceful assemblies, etc.

The use of university space for such forums to express ideas or viewpoints in compliance with this policy does not imply university acceptance or endorsement of the views expressed.

The policy of Biola University, with respect to such forums on all campuses, is as follows:

Time, place, and manner are subject to the approval of the office of the VP for Student Development or his/her designee. A Public Expression and Forum Permit must be submitted 3 business days before the event by a Biola student group to assemble or hold any event that could be otherwise construed as an assembly or forum. Exceptions to this time frame may be made at the discretion of the VP for Student Development or his/her designee.

Written approval from the office of the VP for Student Development must be in possession of those in charge at the time and at the location of the assembly/forum. Only sound amplification that is officially authorized is permitted.

Time and Place Guidelines (subject to change):

  • Time: Limited between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday–Friday (excluding Chapel periods; MWF, 9:15–10:30 a.m.)
  • Place: Sutherland Way (or other approved locations) upon submission of request and written permission from the VP for Student Development or his/her designee.

Additional stipulations may be placed on any such event on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the VP for Student Development or his/her designee. The stipulations will be agreed upon in advance of the event and noted in writing in the above form.

Such activities may not interfere or disrupt the orderly conduct of university business, events, or infringe on the rights of others. If an activity becomes disruptive, the university will take appropriate action to limit or terminate the activity. In the event the area is not restored to its original condition, the organizer will bear fiscal accountability.

Persons who are not students of Biola or otherwise affiliated with Biola may not participate in such assemblies or forums on campus.

Assemblies or forums that do not conform to these provisions may subject participants to temporary or permanent suspension from the university or other sanctions as outlined in the Student Handbook.