This question pertains to the USA. In all public universities I'm aware of, anyone can get on campus, sit in on virtually any lecture, and enter the school's library. Does this mean that public universities are considered public space? What about within a public university classroom? Do people have an expectation of privacy when in a public university classroom?

  • Does the former imply a lack of the latter?
    – yaboi
    Oct 3, 2015 at 11:46
  • Ah, I guess my question pertains more to direct examples, such as being able to photograph someone, or having other people end up in photos of yourself when in a public university classroom
    – yaboi
    Oct 3, 2015 at 17:27
  • Then ask that in a new question - don't edit your question to make existing answers incomplete
    – Dale M
    Oct 3, 2015 at 21:22
  • Fair enough, edit removed, original question still stands
    – yaboi
    Oct 3, 2015 at 21:23
  • Also, there are several questions on this site that address photography
    – Dale M
    Oct 3, 2015 at 21:34

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No. Just because some building is "owned by the public" or State, doesn't mean it's public property.

A state's national guard installation comes to mind immediately. State workers' offices are not public places. Airport hangars/buildings/runways. You can't just go hang out in the DPW garages.

  • Fair enough, but note that you CAN simply go hang out on most areas of a public university campus
    – yaboi
    Oct 3, 2015 at 19:45

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