Policy and Code of Practice Regarding Freedom of Speech

All members of the University and invited speakers are required to assist the University in securing freedom of speech within the law.

The University has a duty to secure freedom of speech within the law under Section 43 of the Education Act (1986) and to ensure that it meets the requirements of Section 26(1) of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. (A review of relevant legislation can be found in the Equality and Human Rights Commission report.)

The University is responsible for events that occur on campus and also for University branded events that take place off-campus in the UK. Whilst legal obligations differ overseas, the same principles will apply to any University branded activity taking place overseas provided this does not conflict with the law of the host country. Events include, but are not limited to; performances, screenings, protests and discussion fora regardless of the size of the event.

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