Freedom of Expression Act

Outdoor areas of Palm Beach State College campuses may be used for expressive activities as long as no state or federal laws are violated, the participant’s behavior does not violate PBSC policy nor materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the College or infringe upon the rights of others to engage in expressive activities. Outdoor areas include grassy areas, walkways, or other similar common areas.  Areas where expressive activities are prohibited include the area within and the surrounding fifty (50) feet of any College building or structure, or any other restricted area on campus. Moreover, “material and substantial disruption” of any previously scheduled event or activity is also prohibited.

Material and substantial disruption includes, but is not limited to: hindering the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic; obstructing entrances and exits from buildings or parking structures/lots; violating any applicable law; threatening other individuals in a manner that an objective reasonable person would interpret as a serious expression of intent to cause present or future harm to an identifiable person or group of persons; utilizing sound amplification except as specifically permitted by the College; or obstructing or attempting to physically force the cancellation or continuance of a speaker.

Members of the public who wish to use the College campus for commercial purposes must register with the scheduling office on the specific campus they wish to access and must abide by applicable Federal and State laws and College policies and procedures.