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Free Speech at Oklahoma State

OSU values and protects the constitutional right of free speech.
Through this, we seek to provide all members of the OSU community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn. 
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Finding Common Ground

While sometimes people say things that are oppositional to our beliefs, it's important to remember that we can still have productive conversations and relationships with those whom we disagree with. 

It's OK to Disagree.

We can all be friends with people who don't share identical beliefs. It's important to acknowledge that we're all different, and that's OK!

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

 

Resources for Speakers

Successfully plan an event
Although individuals are not required to reserve space in most parts of campus, Oklahoma State has various offices on campus that can assist in helping your event run smoothly.
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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:

 

READ THE LAW IN ITS ENTIRETY

"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."

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