Student Handbook: Student Demonstration Policy

Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies School: William Paterson University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: January 18, 2017

Relevant excerpt

A. Regarding organized demonstrations: 1. All persons or organizations intending to stage demonstrations on The William Paterson University campus or at events sponsored by the University at off-campus sites, must contact the Vice President of Student Development (or designee) one week prior to the event. The Vice President of Student Development will designate an appropriate area for the demonstration, i.e., one which will not restrict access to buildings or facilities or otherwise obstruct the conduct of normal activities. The Vice President of Student Development shall notify the individual or group of his/her decision regarding time, place, and manner of the event as soon as possible to allow for general notification.

B. Regarding spontaneous demonstrations:

1. Because not all conditions, events, or actions that stimulate dissent may themselves be foreseeable, and because demonstrations may emerge under such circumstances, there is an expectation that spontaneous demonstrations occur from time to time.

2. Under these circumstances it is the responsibility of both the Vice President of Student Development (or designee) and the demonstrating parties to cooperate with the aim of supporting the rights of all and protecting the safety of all while enabling the expression of opinion.

3. The Vice President of Student Development and dissenting parties will therefore negotiate: a) To seek to remedy the situation which gives rise to the demonstration, if possible or appropriate, or b) To provide a forum for the expression of opinion and the continuation of debate and dialogue that seeks to resolve conflict, find remedy, or allow for meaningful expression of ideas.

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