Rights and responsibilities

2.7 Freedom of Speech

2.7.1

In accordance with Section 43 of the Education (no 2) Act 1986, Goldsmiths will take such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that freedom of expression within the law is secured for all Members of the College as well as anyone invited to speak or take part in any events held on premises.

2.7.2

Goldsmiths will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the use of any premises is not denied to any individual or group on the basis of beliefs, views, policy or objectives. This includes premises used by the Students’ Union and premises owned, operated, or significantly controlled by Goldsmiths.

2.7.3

The Freedom of Speech Policy and Procedures (PDF) sets out the procedures to be followed regarding the organisation of meetings to be held on Goldsmiths premises, as well as other activities that may take place on those premises.

2.7.4

The statutory right of freedom of speech is limited, for example, by laws to protect national security and public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, and to prevent the disclosure of information received in confidence.