The “open campus” has long been a traditional policy at UMKC. During formal sessions or in informal settings, the entire academic community, students, faculty and staff, have the right to hear and express varying viewpoints. These discussions often center on such areas as educational, research or service functions and objectives of the University.
In addition, the freedom to demonstrate in an orderly fashion as a means of presenting views is recognized by the University. However, UMKC does not condone demonstrations that interfere with the freedom of decision and action of other students or that prevents the free movement of students to or from classes, lectures, seminars or employment interviews. When such demonstrations occur, the institution and academic community must take action, even if such action protects the rights of just one student. Freedom of expression is one of the hallmarks of a democratic society. While orderly demonstrations are not to be interpreted as infractions of University rules, disorderly demonstrations that disrupt the normal life on campus are considered violations. In these cases, individuals who are responsible will be dealt with through the established disciplinary procedures and policies.