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Freedom of Speech

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19. Freedom of Speech 

Introduction 

19.1 In pursuance of its duties as laid down in Section 43 of the Education (No 2) Act 1986 the Council of Goldsmiths' College has made the following Regulations with a view to taking such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that freedom of speech within the law is secured for members, students and employees of the College and for visiting speakers. 

Principles 

19.2 So far as is reasonably practicable, no premises of the College shall be denied to any individual or body of persons on any grounds connected with: 

  • the beliefs or views of that individual or of that body; 
  • the policy or objectives of that body. 

19.3 The College shall also take account of other legal obligations which may require it to have regard to what is said on its premises. (A speaker, for example, who incites an audience to violence or to breach of the peace or to racial hatred transgresses the bounds of lawful speech. Equally, assemblies of persons, even if directed to lawful purposes, cease to be lawful if they cause serious public disorder or breaches of the peace.) 

19.4 The premises of the College shall be deemed for the purposes of this Regulation to include any premises designated by the College for the use of the Goldsmiths Students' Union. 

Procedures

19.5 There shall be procedures approved by the Council of the College to be followed by members, students and employees of the College in respect of: 

  • meetings or any other activities which are to be held on premises of the College falling within the class of meetings specified in paragraph 18.9 below; 
  • the conduct required of all persons in connection with any such defined meetings or activities; 
  • any other related or ancillary matters which the Council of the College from time to time shall declare to fall within these Regulations. 

19.6 Infringements of, or departures from, the procedures in whatever respect will render those responsible subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations. 

19.7 Additionally, if any such actions involve breaches of the law, the College authorities will be ready to assist the prosecuting authorities to implement the processes of law and, if charges are preferred, will stay the aforementioned disciplinary action pending the outcome of any such proceedings. 

19.8 The Council of the College, in laying down the procedures, has authorised the Registrar and Secretary to act on its behalf to ensure as far as is reasonably practicable that all members, students and employees of the College, and visiting speakers, comply with the provisions of these Regulations. 

Meetings or Other Activities to Which These Regulations Apply 

19.9 Any meetings or other activities where there is a real likelihood that the speaker may not be able to enter or leave the building safely or deliver his or her speech shall be deemed to fall within the purview of these Regulations.