Freedom of speech policy and code of practice
Freedom of speech
London Metropolitan University’s policy on freedom of speech is applicable to meetings and events held on University premises. The code of practice applies to:
- All events and meetings held on University premises (including premises controlled by the Students' Union).
- Events and meetings held off-campus which are funded by the University or the Students' Union, affiliated to the University or the Students' Union, or branded in a way that associates them with the University or the Students' Union.
The University’s policy on freedom of speech is adopted pursuant to the Education (No. 2) Act 1986 and the statutory guidance published pursuant to section 26 (1) of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
Notification of meetings or events organised by students
Notification of meetings or events organised by students should be given to the Students’ Union at least 21 days before the meeting or event is due to take place.
Notification of meetings or events organised by staff
The central room-booking team capture information about external speakers when staff email them to book a room. It is important that staff inform the University Secretary about events involving external speakers which are not booked through the central room-booking team: ie where Central Management Information System (CMIS) users create their own CMIS events, or where local rooms are booked.
If your event falls into this category and includes an external speaker, it is your responsibility to notify the University Secretary of the event using this Google form for external speakers.
The University Secretary’s Office will contact you if we need to discuss the event or if further information or clarification is required.
Notification of guest lecturers and speakers arranged by staff
Policy on notices and other information displayed and distributed on University premises
The Senior Management Team has approved the following policy on notices and other information displayed and distributed on University premises (including the premises of the Students' Union).