As a University, our role is to offer a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for all our students, staff and visitors. We also support, promote and safeguard academic freedom and freedom of speech and expression within the law.

The right to protest must be balanced between the rights of protesters to state their views and the rights of students, staff and visitors to work and study, without hindrance and free from intimidation and harassment.

We support our students and staff to exercise their right to take part in protests and demonstrations and expect them to do so peacefully and with consideration for others.


You can make your voice heard within the law:

✘ Do not use words, phrases or images that incite racism or hatred of others.

✘ Do not threaten or harass.

✘ Do not support proscribed organisations.

✘ Do not damage or trespass on property.

Please be aware that some spaces are managed by the University, but others are public spaces, such as the pedestrianised Strand, which comes under the authority of the Metropolitan Police and is outside the University’s control.


Think before you act:

✔ Express your views, opinions and differences with civility.

✔ Consider the impact your actions may have on others.

✔ Cooperate with reasonable requests from the University’s Security or Duty Dean.

✔ Allow others the freedom to assemble and express opinions or beliefs different to your own.

✘ Do not disrupt people’s work or study.

✘ Do not use loudhailers, loudspeakers and other noise-making devices on University campuses.

✘ Do not disrupt University events.

✘ Do not obstruct paths, roads, campus entrances and exits or prevent students, staff or visitors from entering our campuses or buildings.


Arranging and promoting protests or demonstrations:

✔ Protests can be conducted in relation to a planned event but must not inhibit or disrupt the event from taking place or continuing to its planned conclusion.

✔ Demonstrations, protests and events and external speakers must be risk-assessed in line with the standard University practice.

✔ Send appropriate communications by permitted means, including use of media and social media to explain messages or campaigns.

✔ Communications must not be rude, threatening or disrespectful.


The University’s responsibilities are to:

✔ Provide a safe environment where students and staff can meet to speak and act freely, within the law.

✔ Manage where protests or demonstrations take place on our campuses to ensure safety and safeguard freedom of speech.

✔ Challenge any behaviours that are not in keeping with the University’s regulations, policies and Community Charter.

✔ Ask protesters on campus who are not King’s staff or students to leave, if prior arrangements have not been made through the event booking process.

✔ Liaise with the relevant authorities if required.


Tell the University about inappropriate behaviour:

Racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, abuse, incitement and harassment are totally unacceptable and have no place at King’s. We take reports seriously and encourage students, staff and visitors to report any incidents targeted at them or that they witness through our online tool, Report + Support. This can be done anonymously.


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