Protest Ban, University of Florida

From October 2022 to November 2022
University of Florida (Public college or university)
Gainesville, FL, United States

Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
    Rally or protest
  • Incident Political Orientation:
    Right wing
  • Incident Responses:
    University administration changed university policy as a consequence
  • Incident Status:
    No litigation
  • Did not involve Speech Codes


The University of Florida decided to start enforcing a prohibition against indoor protests following a large student demonstration in October 2022 against the selection of U.S. Senator Ben Sasse as a finalist for the position of school president.

1,000 student demonstrators banged their firsts on windows, walls, and furniture during a forum with Senator Sasse. The discussion had to be moved online and shortened because of the disruption.

In response, the University’s current president announced the decision to prohibit protests inside campus buildings. The regulation has existed for two decades, but wasn’t enforced in recent years.