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Office of the President

Free Speech

Fresno State is committed to ensuring that all persons may exercise their constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly and worship, even in instances in which the positions expressed may be viewed by some as controversial or unpopular.

In exercising these rights, we strongly we strongly recommend that everyone associated with the university adhere to our Principles of Community, respecting the rights of others to their own opinions and promoting respectful discourse on points of disagreement.

First Amendment Rights

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition, including protecting individuals' rights to free speech, religion, and assembly in public spaces and settings, including public universities. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government. Read the U.S. Constitution and its First Amendment by visiting the Legal Information Institution. In addition, reference California Constitution Article I for additional information regarding state protections. 


Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval

At Fresno State, a university that thrives on the diversity of those it serves, every voice matters. Each perspective brings its own color to the rich fabric of our community.


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.