Policies relevant to free expression, assembly and protest
As of June 1, 2017, six University policies (contained in the University’s Business Policy and Procedure Manual) became effective. These include a combination of new policies and previously existing policies that were amended. Each of the six policies is listed below (with links to the full text) and is briefly summarized. For more information on the values underlying the policies and on how they should be interpreted, see our guiding principles.
Use of Facilities & Public Spaces
This policy regulates the use of the University’s buildings and grounds. It begins by noting that University buildings and grounds are intended for use by students, faculty and staff in support of the University’s mission of teaching, research, service and economic development and that individuals, groups or organizations may use University buildings and grounds in accordance with University rules and regulations. The policy includes rules concerning scheduling and use of facilities, conduct of events/activities, and unscheduled expressive events and activities.
Illuminated devices (including flashing or rotating lights, and illuminated signs) are often allowed on campus without a permit, subject to restrictions related to illumination level (i.e., brightness). Lights that are not disruptive and do not impair health or safety do not require permits. The policy describes when a permit is needed, when it is not, and how to obtain a permit. Examples of lights that do not require permits include normal flashlights, bicycle lights, and camera flashes.
Sound Amplification Devices
Includes megaphones and PA systems
Sound amplification devices are often allowed on campus without a permit, subject to restrictions related to noise level and certain times (such as exam periods) and locations (such as near to classrooms) for which quiet is especially important. The policy describes when a permit is needed, when it is not, and how to obtain a permit.
Posting Materials on Campus
Posting of fliers and posters on campus is generally limited to bulletin boards and kiosks. In campus buildings, the posting of fliers and posters is only allowed on bulletin boards or other spaces specifically designated for such purpose.
Unless a posting violates federal or state law, the University will not discriminate or place content-based limitations on what may be posted in areas where posting is allowed, except that the University has the authority to restrict certain spaces and certain bulletin boards to posting of certain kinds of material. Thus, for example, a bulletin board can be reserved by an academic department for the posting of academic information and policies.
Chalking on sidewalks or buildings is permitted on the campus subject to certain reasonable limits.
Unless chalking violates federal or state law, the University will not discriminate in favor of or against particular messages or particular content when enforcing the chalking regulation.
Camping is not permitted on University grounds, in or under University structures, or in University buildings except under approved circumstances described in the policy.