Freedom of Expression
Middlesex Community College will respect and will defend the right of its members to lawful exercises of free speech and assembly in behalf of causes, whether popular or unpopular. These rights are properly exercised only when due regard for the rights of others is assured, and actions denying the right of others to move or speak freely, whether or not such interference is their motive, lie outside Constitutional guarantees and the obligation of the College to defend them. Therefore, if in the judgment of the President or his/her designee, persons attempt to interfere with the freedom of movement or speech of members or guests of the College community, or the orderly operation of the College, the President of the College or his/her designee is authorized to:
1. Advise such persons of the impropriety of their activity and request immediate termination from such activity.
2. If such persons fail to desist, call the appropriate authority to remove those interfering.
3. Suspend temporarily such members of the College community who have participated in such interference and persist in such activity.
4. Grant as soon as possible a hearing before an appropriate committee to any person appealing such suspension; following such a hearing, the committee will make a recommendation to the President.
5. Taking into account the committee’s recommendation, the President will determine his/her disposition of the case.