The University of Iowa values the First Amendment and freedom of expression. Civil discourse and the respectful exchange of ideas are the cornerstones of higher education and this great institution.

You can find policies governing the use of the Pentacrest and outdoor spaces here: https://dos.uiowa.edu/policies/use-of-campus-outdoor-areas/ 

The policies are:

  • To assure that two groups don’t plan to use the same space at the same time
  • To protect campus landscaping and buildings
  • To assure that displays don’t constitute a safety hazard or obstruct access to campus buildings and spaces 

While events must be approved by IMU Event Services, the office may not deny any application for any reason that would deny constitutionally protected rights of freedom of speech and assembly.

Groups who hold an event in the designated outdoor spaces without requesting a permit will be asked to cease their activity until one can be issued.

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