Event & Guest Services Policy Manual: Demonstrations/Leafleting

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: University of Maryland – College Park Statement Rating: Green Last updated: February 15, 2017

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The University of Maryland supports the right of individual students, faculty, staff and student organizations to demonstrate and leaflet, provided such activities do not disrupt normal activities or infringe upon the rights of others.

  • The following guidelines apply to all demonstrations, rallies, leafleting and/or equivalent activity:
  • Persons may not block or otherwise interfere with the free flow of vehicular, bicycle or pedestrian traffic. The right of way on streets and sidewalks must be maintained.
  • Persons may not block or otherwise interfere with ingress and egress into and out of campus buildings.
  • Persons shall not obstruct, disrupt, interrupt or attempt to force the cancellation of any event or activity sponsored by the university or by any users authorized to use university facilities.
  • Persons shall not engage in harassing, physically abusive, threatening or intimidating conduct toward any person.
  • Persons shall comply with the directions of a university official acting in the performance of his/her other duty.
  • Classes or other scheduled activities shall not be disrupted.
  • Use of public address systems and amplified sound will not be permitted without prior approval from Stamp Event & Guest Services.

Unscheduled demonstrations, rallies, or equivalent activities may be held by recognized university organizations, full or part-time students and current employees of the university in the areas defined above [McKeldin Mall, Engineering Field, South Chapel Field, Hornbake Plaza, Adele H. Stamp Student Union (South East Plaza), Nyumburu Amphitheatre] provided that the activity does not interfere with any functions for which that space has been reserved in advance.

University students, faculty and staff may distribute, without registration or advance approval, non-commercial announcements, statements or materials in any outdoor area of the campus, the use of which is not otherwise restricted or scheduled. Persons distributing such materials are expected to refrain from littering and may be held responsible for costs incurred as a result of littering. Distribution is defined as individuals handing materials to other individuals who may accept them or refrain from receiving them.

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