Freedom of Speech Policy

1. Members, students, and employees of the College must conduct themselves so as to ensure that freedom of speech within the law is secured for members, students, and employees of the College and for visiting speakers.

2. The College believes that a culture of free, open and robust discussion can be achieved only if all concerned avoid needlessly offensive or provocative action and language.  Whilst there is no legal prohibition on offending others, the College expects speakers and those taking part in meetings or protest activities to respect its values, to be sensitive to the diversity of its community and to show respect to all sections of that community.

3. An event which is likely to give rise to an environment in which people will experience, or could reasonably fear, harassment, intimidation, verbal abuse or violence, particularly because of their ethnicity, race, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender, disability or age, is also likely to be unlawful.

4. The College will prescribe a Code of Practice for meetings on College premises in accordance with the requirements of s43 of the Education (No 2) Act 1986.

4. Advice on any aspect of this Policy Statement may be obtained from the Dean.

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