Issues pertaining to freedom of speech and expression can be very complicated and confusing. This website is intended only to provide a brief outline about freedom of speech and expression, and is not meant to serve as legal advice. If you are a currently registered UC San Diego student, you may wish to contact Student Legal Services at (858) 534-4374 to schedule an appointment in order to discuss a particular question or issue.
UC San Diego, as a public university, is dedicated to the dissemination of a wide range of information and ideas, and to upholding the principles of free speech and expression. In that regard, UC San Diego is committed to providing space and access to campus resources, for students and other campus affiliates to express their opinions and beliefs. UC San Diego’s policies on speech and expression aim to ensure that students and other campus affiliates can exercise their right to free speech and expression as long as they do not unreasonably disrupt or interfere with university business or violate the rights of others. Access to campus resources is provided in a content-neutral manner, meaning that the subject of an event cannot be a factor in institutional decisions concerning the provision of space to support the event.
Get specific information relating to the following topics:
- Freedom of speech and expression 101
Learn about the basic concepts of free speech and expression, what is — and is not — protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- Free speech FAQs
Read answers to frequently asked questions relating to free speech and the First Amendment.
- Free speech and how to express your message if you disagree
Find out how best to express your disagreement with the content of an on-campus event or program.
- Overview of campus policies and procedures relating to free speech and expression
Learn about UC San Diego’s policies on free speech and expression on campus.
- Freedom of speech and expression resources
Discover resources available to students, faculty, and staff relating to freedom of speech and expression.