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Free Speech

As a public institution, all of Western Illinois University is a "free speech area," including and especially the University Union. Any demonstrations are permitted on University premises as long as they do not disrupt the academic experience or threaten the safety of students and staff.

If you are planning a protest or demonstration, it is helpful for Scheduling and Event Services and the Office of Public Safety staff to be aware of it ahead of time to account for the safety of students involved with and surrounding the protest. If a registered student organization or WIU campus department wishes to do a flash mob within the University Union, it must be scheduled through Scheduling and Event Services so the Union staff is aware of the event.