Outdoor Space Policy

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: Saint Cloud State University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 8, 2017

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PUBLIC EXPRESSION AREAS

St. Cloud State University recognizes the tradition of the “public square”; therefore, the university establishes the following outdoor areas for public expression:

  • The mall between Atwood and the Performing Arts Center
  • The mall area in front on the west side of Stewart Hall
  • The mall on the west side of Administrative Services Building
  • Plaza on the south side of the National Hockey Center
  • Southwest plaza side of the Husky Stadium

Other outdoor areas may be available for public expression use after receiving approval in advance. Individuals or groups wishing to use any campus facilities other than the Public Expression areas must make arrangements through the office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Public Expression areas, as designated above, are open to the public and do not require an advance reservation for use between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., however, notification of the intent to use the space is suggested in order to ensure that a location is available on a specific date and time. An application form for Use of Outdoor Space is available in the Supporting Documents section of this policy and procedure.

Speech That Is Not Protected: The First Amendment to the United States Constitution does not protect speech or expression that threatens the health, safety or welfare of persons in the University community. Any speech that has the effect or is designed to inflict harm or cause a breach of the peace; incite an individual or individuals to commit a crime; threats to do harm; or speech that causes a panic is not considered protected speech. While the interpretation of these factors may be subjective, the University and its representatives must err on the side of caution in order to reasonably protect the University community members and property.

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