RSO Handbook: Outdoor Space Policy

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: Western Michigan University Statement Rating: Green Last updated: December 1, 2017

Relevant excerpt

Outdoor Common Spaces. WMU will not restrict free expression in “areas generally available to students and the community,” defined as grassy areas, walkways or other similar common areas. This definition governs the phrase “areas generally available to students and the community” as it is used in this policy. These areas generally available to students and the community are designated public forums. All areas generally available to students and the community, including recognized student organizations (“RSO”), may be temporarily reserved for specific uses, as long as the use does not conflict with WMU programs and operations. Reservations must be made online. If possible, reservations should be made five (5) days prior to the event. …

(i) Persons wishing to engage in speech or expressive activities in areas generally available to students and the community are encouraged to inform the Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) of their intent to be present in such areas. WMU encourages such check-in as a means to provide for safety and for the equitable use of such areas. Those availing themselves of areas generally available to students and the community, whether they decide to check-in or not, may remain anonymous.

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