Expressive activity at VCU
VCU is a diverse community with a host of differing viewpoints reflecting each of our personal lenses through which we see, and experience, the world. This diversity of viewpoint and opinion is a tremendous asset to our community. The university is committed to fostering a climate that encourages civil and spirited discourse through classes, events, and the public forum.
VCU is also obligated, as a public university, to ensure a strong commitment to the First Amendment and Virginia law. The First Amendment prohibits prior restraint on speech and taking adverse action against individuals or groups, whether affiliated with the university or not, based on the viewpoints of that speech. Expressive activities, no matter how graphic, appalling, or insensitive they may be to others, are protected speech at a public institution of higher education such as VCU. This freedom of speech also encompasses the rights of those who present a differing viewpoint.
VCU's Reservation and Use of Space policy clarifies how expressive activities occur at VCU. Thank you for your support of expressive activity on our campus and your willingness to engage in productive civil discourse with others.