Free Speech at OSU
Free Speech at Oklahoma State
Finding Common Ground
It's OK to Disagree.
Controversial or Offending SpeechThere's no constitutional right to not be offended.
Controversial speech is expected and valued on college campuses and in our society, which means free speech protection still applies if a speaker is shouting derogatory comments or a social media post is offensive to a particular population.
Learn About Controversial Speech
Support for OSU Community Members
We understand some free speech can be upsetting and can affect individuals in different ways. At times, it's helpful to process through the emotions experience. Our university has various resources available.
If you know of someone who has been affected by negative speech and you are concerned for their well-being, we encourage you to fill out a Care Report. This Report will notify university staff members who will then reach out to the student and provide resources.
Resources for Speakers
Oklahoma Senate Bill 361
On April 29, 2019, Governor Kevin Stitt signed Oklahoma Senate Bill 361 into law.
This new law, as codified at 70 O.S. § 2120, states:
"The outdoor areas of campuses of public institutions of higher education in this state shall be deemed public forums for the campus community, and public institutions of higher education shall not create “free speech zones” or other designated areas of campus outside of which expressive activities are prohibited."
Read the law in its entirety