What Are Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions?

The First Amendment allows NDSU to implement reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of free speech, expression, and assembly.  Time, place, and manner restrictions are only used to ensure the regular operations of the University.  All of these restrictions must be content-neutral, meaning that NDSU cannot impose restrictions differently upon groups based on the content of the message to be shared.

An example of a time restriction would be a ban on amplified sound between 10:00pm-10:00am around campus living quarters to ensure students are able to rest.

Place restrictions include not allowing free speech activities or assemblies within a reasonable distance of entryways to ensure that everyone is able to enter and exit buildings freely.  Similarly, assemblies are not allowed in hallways and passages.

A manner restriction might involve non-approval of the use of amplified sound in a particular outdoor space when classes are being held in order to allow students and instructors to maintain a learning environment.

If you have questions about time, place, and manner restrictions that may apply to your event, please contact the Dean of Students Office.

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