University Catalog: Speech, Expression, and Assembly

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: University of Texas at Austin Statement Rating: Green Last updated: March 13, 2017

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Subchapter 13–900. Public Assemblies without Amplified Sound

Sec. 13–901. General Rule on Public Assemblies
  1. “Publicly assemble” and “public assembly” include any gathering of persons, including discussions, rallies, and demonstrations. The rules in subchapter 13–800 apply to any use of amplified sound at a public assembly.
  2. University persons and organizations may publicly assemble on campus in any place where, at the time of the assembly, the persons assembling are permitted to be. This right to assemble is subject to the rules in this subchapter, to the general rules in subchapter 13–200 and subchapter 13–300, and to the rules on use of University property in chapter 10 of the Institutional Rules. No advance permission is required.
Sec. 13–902. Reservation of Space
  1. Registered student, sponsored student, faculty, or staff organizations and academic or administrative units who wish to publicly assemble in a particular room or space at a particular time may reserve the room or space under the provisions in subchapter 10–200 of the Institutional Rules.
  2. A registered student, sponsored student, faculty, or staff organization or academic or administrative unit with a reservation has the right to the reserved room or space for the time covered by the reservation. Any person or organization using or occupying the room or space without a reservation must yield control of the room or space in time to permit any student, faculty, or staff organization or academic or administrative unit with a reservation to begin using the room or space promptly at the beginning of its reserved time.
  3. Reservations are not required but are strongly encouraged. An academic or administrative unit or registered student, sponsored student, faculty, or staff organization planning to use a room or space without a reservation may find the facility locked or in use by another person or organization. A large group without a reservation is likely to attract the courteous but inquiring attention of the University of Texas Police Department.
Sec. 13–903. Notice and Consultation

Registered student, sponsored student, faculty, or staff organizations that are planning a public assembly with more than fifty participants are strongly encouraged to notify and consult with the dean of students as soon as practicable after the point at which the planners anticipate or plan for more than fifty participants. Registered student, sponsored student, faculty, or staff organizations planning smaller assemblies are encouraged to consult the dean of students if there is uncertainty about applicable University rules, the appropriateness of the planned location, or possible conflict with other events. The dean of students can help the planners avoid unintended disruption or other violations that may result in subsequent discipline or subsequent interference with the assembly by campus authorities.

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