Campus Regulations: Speech and Advocacy

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On University grounds generally open to the public, all persons may exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly, worship and distribution of literature incidental to the exercise of these freedoms; however, these activities must not interfere with the orderly operation of the campus and must be conducted in accordance with the campus time, place and manner regulations.

1. Grounds Open to the Public Generally
For the purpose of these regulations, “grounds open to the public generally” are defined as the outdoor areas of the campus (lawns, patios, plazas) that are adjacent to campus buildings and parking lots.

  1. In the event that the architecture of a building includes entrances with stairs or landings, no distribution may take place on the stairs or landings. (This restriction applies to both landings in front of the main entrance to the Library.)
  2. All activity in these areas must be conducted in such a way that traffic is not impeded and the normal activities in classrooms and offices are not disrupted.
  3. Tables or moveable stands may not be placed in areas where passages to any entrance or walkways are blocked, where the free flow of pedestrian traffic is restricted, or where emergency fire lanes are blocked.
  4. In order to facilitate ingress and egress, all activity must be conducted 25 feet or more from any entrance/exit, parking lot, staircase, landing or roadway.
  5. Fixed tables in the area in front of the University Center are accessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  6. Groups using moveable tables or stands at any location on the campus must have the prior approval of the Office of Student Life and comply with number 3 above.
  7. No flyers, announcements or literature of any kind may be placed on automobiles (e.g., under the windshield wipers) on University property.
  8. Organizations/persons are prohibited from leaving flyers, announcements or literature of any kind unattended on campus grounds or in classrooms. That is, literature may be handed to interested persons or posted appropriately in designated areas for their information, but it may not simply be left for others to pick up. (See Appendix D for non-affiliate rules.)
    1. Any person or organization wishing to regularly distribute publications must notify the Office of Student Life regarding distribution and litter control plans.
    2. All publications distributed within or in front of the on-campus residence halls and dining commons must be approved by the Residence Hall Association or its designee.
  9. Flyers, announcements or literature of registered campus organizations may be distributed through departmental mail boxes as long as the method of distribution is in keeping with departmental policy or applicable University policies. All inquiries regarding the appropriateness of distribution will be referred to the department chairperson or manager for resolution.

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