Student Handbook: On-Campus Assemblies and Demonstrations

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The assembly or demonstration must not involve a substantial risk of disrupting classes, obstructing access to campus facilities, otherwise interfering with  other ongoing University events or activities, or creating a seriously intimidating, threatening, scandalizing, and/or uncivil environment. To this end, the University may reasonably regulate the time, place, and manner of expression to ensure that  it does not disrupt the ordinary activities of the institution.

It is understood that some assemblies and demonstrations may support and defend positions that differ from Catholic Church teaching. The expectation is that they will do so in a responsible fashion, be open to questions and challenges from members of the community, and respectfully acknowledge, and not disparage, Church teaching. If, in the judgment of University officials, an assembly or demonstration presents a serious risk of violating these principles, the university may impose provisions and restrictions.

n order to maximize the likelihood that the goals of a demonstration or assembly are met and to ensure the safety of all community members, organizers of a demonstration or assembly should adhere to the following guidelines prior to scheduling an event.

1. If the Event is organized by a recognized student group or organization, organizers should meet with the group or organization’s advisor to discuss strategies to ensure that the event will adhere to the Values and Conditions sections of this policy.

2. If the Event is not organized by a recognized student group or organization, organizers should meet with the Director for Student Involvement or his/her/their designate to discuss strategies to ensure that the event will adhere to the Values and Conditions sections of this policy.

[E]xpression that is indecent, obscene or grossly offensive on matters such as race, age, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or other legally protected bases is inconsistent with accepted norms of conduct at the University and will not be tolerated.

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