WAC 172-137: Use of University Facilities

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: Eastern Washington University Statement Rating: Red Last updated: October 2, 2017

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“First amendment activities” include, but are not necessarily limited to, informational picketing, petition circulation, the distribution of information leaflets or pamphlets, speechmaking, demonstrations, rallies, appearances of speakers in outdoor areas, protests, meetings to display group feelings or sentiments, and/or other types of constitutionally protected assemblies to share information, perspectives, or viewpoints.

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Use of university facilities for first amendment/free speech activities is governed by the rules set forth in WAC 172-137-080.

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WAC 172-137-080: Facility use rules for first amendment/free speech activities.

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(4) Public forum areas.  Public forum areas are those areas of each campus that the university has chosen to be open as places for expressive activities protected by the first amendment, subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.

(a) At the Cheney campus, the designated public forum areas are:

(i) Southeast Mall:  Outside the Cheney Normal School Heritage Center (one room schoolhouse), on the west side of the building;

(ii) Northeast PUB:  Outside the Pence Union Building, on the northeast side of the building; and

(iii) The public sidewalks adjacent to public roads.

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(9) Procedures ‑ Notice for use of public forum area.  Individuals or groups who desire to use a public forum area for those activities protected by the first amendment, must provide notice to the university.  Notice shall be provided to the event planning office no later than fourteen calendar days in advance of use of the public forum area.  However, events may be permitted with less notice so long as the event does not interfere with any other function.  The notice to use a public forum area must contain:

(a) The name, address, and telephone number of the individual, group, entity, or organization sponsoring the event or use (hereinafter “the sponsoring organization”); and

(b) The name, address, and telephone number of a contact person for the sponsoring organization; and

(c) The date, time, and requested location of the event; and

(d) The nature and purpose of the event; and

(e) The estimated number of people expected to participate in the event.

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