POLICY #5.1
SUBJECT: Free Speech and Advocacy on Campus


I. PURPOSE

Southern Utah University is committed to the principles of free speech and assembly guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Utah Constitution as well as applicable statutory and regulatory law, and in accordance with generally accepted concepts of academic freedom. It is the purpose of this policy to protect and enhance the free exchange of ideas, the right to free speech, and academic freedom in the University and on the University Campus, without prior restraint or censorship, subject to limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech and to clearly stated, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory rules regarding time, place, and manner.


II. REFERENCES

  1. Southern Utah University Policy 5.11 Facilities Management Operations
  2. Southern Utah University Policy 5.13 Facility Utilization and Rental
  3. Southern Utah University Policy 5.27 Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment
  4. Southern Utah University Policy 5.60 Sexual Misconduct
  5. Southern Utah University Policy 6.6 Academic Freedom
  6. Southern Utah University Policy 6.28 Faculty Professional Responsibilities
  7. Southern Utah University Policy 11.2 Student Conduct Code
  8. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  9. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972
  10. United States Constitution
  11. Utah Code § 53B-27 Campus Individual Rights Act
  12. Utah Constitution

III. DEFINITIONS

  1. Appeals Committee: The Appeals Committee, comprised of three members of the President’s Cabinet, appointed by the President, reviews all appeals of any denials or other decisions made pursuant to Sections IV.H. through IV.N. of this policy.
  2. Chartered Student Club: A student group or organization with a common interest or goal, with at least five members, that complies with current University club registration requirements, which may include but are not limited to, having a lawful purpose, registering the club with the Southern Utah University Student Association, having a club constitution, having a president and executive council members who are full-time SUU students and who meet other requirements, having a club adviser that is full time faculty/staff of the University, establishing and assessing dues. Chartered Student Clubs are at a minimum, qualified to receive funding by member dues and additional funding from the Southern Utah University Student Association (SUUSA).
  3. Commercial Speech: For the purpose of this policy, Commercial Speech includes all spoken, written, and symbolic speech intended, in whole or in part, for the profit of the person, organization, or institution engaged in the speech. Commercial Speech at the University includes speech paid for by persons or organizations who are not Members of the University Community. Examples include advertisements in or on the Sharwan Smith Student Center, America First Event Center, other signage or commercial handbills. Generally, the sponsors of Commercial Speech are subject to established University fees and must comply with appropriate University procedures.
  4. Demonstration/Protest: Any rally, gathering, protest, parade, or procession to express views or opinions.
  5. Members of the University Community: For purposes of this policy, all enrolled students, all persons employed by the University, including but not limited to administrators, faculty, and staff, and all organizations comprised of Members of the University Community, such as SUUSA and Chartered Student Clubs.
  6. Obscenity: For the purposes of this policy, Obscenity is defined by applicable law, including the following U.S. Supreme Court’s “Miller test”: whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable state law; and whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. See Miller v. California, 413 US 15, 21 (1973).
  7. Structure: Any object (other than objects such as handbills, signs, small lawn signs, notices and posters, arm bands, or personal attire) used in expressing views or opinions, including but not limited to booths, buildings, billboards, banners, large lawn signs, and similar displays.
  8. Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions: Generally speaking, Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions refer to requirements on when, where, and how messages may be presented on a University Campus. These restrictions are viewpoint neutral, narrowly tailored to serve significant university interests, and designed to leave open ample alternative channels of communication.
  9. University Campus: Any campus or facility, physical or virtual, owned or leased by the University.
  10. University Organizations: For purposes of this policy, University administrative departments and academic schools/colleges, centers, institutes, or departments.

IV. POLICY

  1. Scope of Policy

    All persons on Southern Utah University’s campus, including Members of the University Community and visitors or guests, are protected by and subject to freedom of speech laws and this Policy. In permitting the exercise of free speech on its campuses, the University does not sponsor or sanction the messages stated or the methods of speech used, unless expressly stated otherwise.
  2. Policy Statement
    1. Because free expression and the free exchange of ideas are central to the goals of a university, Southern Utah University is committed to the principles of free speech and assembly guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Utah Constitution, and in accordance with generally accepted concepts of academic freedom. The University is committed to protecting and enhancing the free exchange of ideas and to artistic expression, the right to free speech, and academic freedom in the University and on the University Campus without prior restraint or censorship, subject to limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech and to clearly stated, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory rules regarding time, place, and manner.
    2. Nothing in this Policy shall be construed as protecting, authorizing, or condoning the following unlawful or otherwise unprotected speech, as defined by applicable law:
      1. Obscenity (see Section III.F.);
      2. child pornography;
      3. defamation;
      4. speech that by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace by the hearer;
      5. speech that incites or produces imminent lawless action and that is likely to incite or produce such action;
      6. speech that creates a hostile environment within the meaning of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or other applicable law;
      7. speech that substantially disrupts, obstructs, or interferes with classes, teaching, the use of offices, ceremonies, sporting events, plays/performances or other University activities related to teaching, research, or administration of the University, or vehicular or pedestrian traffic;
      8. speech that damages University or private property;
      9. speech that discloses confidential information or trade secrets of the University or private parties without appropriate authorization; and
      10. employee speech that is not a matter of public concern.
    3. Nothing in this Policy shall be construed as authorizing or condoning the use of University trade or service marks (including but not limited to names, logos, mascots, and imagery) in any materials that may be created or displayed under this Policy without the express written authorization from authorized officials from the University.
    4. Students or employees who violate this Policy or its referenced procedures are subject to University discipline. Moreover, all persons who violate this Policy are subject to orders to leave the campus and possible arrest for criminal trespass for failure to comply with such orders.
  3. Freedom of Speech and Assembly
    1. Members of the University Community shall have the right to freedom of speech and assembly without prior restraint or censorship, subject to clearly stated, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory rules and procedures regarding time, place, and manner.
  4. Freedom of the Press
    1. Members of the University Community in their publications or broadcasts are entitled to the full protection of the constitutional right of freedom of the press. Reasonable and nondiscriminatory rules and procedures, consistent with this Policy, may be adopted regarding the operations of student, faculty, and staff publications, posting of signs and notices, the distribution of commercial advertising materials, and the solicitation of funds.
    2. Student publications supported by University funds or student fees, other than those publications sponsored by a college/school, department, or academic program, shall be regulated by the Student Involvement and Leadership Office pursuant to reasonable and nondiscriminatory procedures, which shall be viewpoint neutral, consistent with this Policy, and published on the Student Involvement and Leadership website or made available for public inspection upon request. No member of administration or staff, including but not limited to employees who advise student organizations, shall exercise any prior restraint or editorial control over the content of these publications.
    3. In the case of student publications sponsored by a college, school, department, or academic program, such publications and the roles of any student editors shall be regulated in accordance with the procedures adopted by the sponsoring college, school, department, or academic program, which shall be consistent with this Policy.
  5. Academic Freedom
    1. Academic freedom in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge through all media shall be maintained at Southern Utah University (see SUU Policy 6.6 and related University policies). Academic freedom shall be recognized as a right of all members of the faculty, whether with or without tenure or continuing appointment, as they engage in teaching, scholarly and creative activities, and service to the University and their professions.
    2. Faculty shall evaluate students solely on academic bases reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns, and not on student opinions or conduct unrelated to the academic standards of a course as defined by the standards of the applicable discipline or profession.
    3. Discussion and expression of all views relevant to the subject matter of a class, even if unpopular, are recognized as necessary to the educational process; however, students have no right to impinge on the freedom of instructors to teach or the right of other students to learn. Faculty members shall not permit classroom behavior that interferes with the faculty member’s ability to teach and/or the students’ ability to learn. If a student persists in behaving disruptively in class after the instructor has explained the unacceptability of such conduct, the instructor may dismiss the student from the class and may refer the matter to the University’s Dean of Students, who shall address the conduct in accordance with SUU Policy 11.2 and other applicable policies.
    4. Faculty members have the legal rights and privileges of citizens and shall not be subject to punishment or reprisal for the exercise of such rights and privileges; however, they may be subject to sanctions for breach of other policies applicable to faculty, including but not limited to the rules and responsibilities enumerated in SUU Policies 5.27, 5.60, and 6.28.
    5. All faculty members have the right to academic freedom and the right to examine and communicate ideas relevant to their courses by any lawful means, even where such activities generate hostility or pressures against the faculty member or the University. Faculty shall not use academic freedom or freedom of speech as a pretext to discriminate or create a hostile environment within the meaning of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or other applicable laws or to violate the rights of students pursuant to SUU Policy 11.2 or other applicable SUU policies. Faculty shall also not use academic freedom or freedom of speech as a pretext to teach controversial matter that is not related to their subject.
    6. Faculty members’ exercise of freedom of communication, association, or assembly, or their participation in political activities, does not constitute a violation of duty to the University, to their profession, or to students, except as prohibited by applicable law.
    7. Faculty members are entitled to support and assistance from the University in maintaining a climate suitable for the exercise of rights of academic freedom, scholarship, and effective teaching and learning. Faculty members are entitled to classrooms free from violence or systematic disruption (see Policy 11.2 and other applicable policies).
  6. Right to Form Chartered Student Clubs
    1. Chartered Student Clubs and organizations may be established for any lawful purpose. Affiliation of any student club with lawful off-campus groups shall not, in itself, disqualify that club from enjoying the benefits and privileges that the University affords to student clubs. Student clubs shall have the right to keep membership lists confidential and solely for their own use. The names and addresses of officers are required by the University as a condition for registration or access to University funds or enjoyment of University privileges.
    2. Any chartered student organization may be added to the University club roster upon the filing and approval of completed new Registered Student Organization (RSO)/University Sponsored Organization (USO) documentation and/or other currently required documentation with the Student Involvement and Leadership Office.
    3. Chartered student organizations shall maintain their position on the University student club roster upon filing with the Student Involvement and Leadership Office each fall semester (by a deadline provided by the Student Involvement and Leadership Office). This re-registration form shall include any changes in the initial constitution since its latest filing and shall list the current officers. Clubs that renew by the appropriate date are eligible to be considered for money from the University. Any club may register at any time.
    4. The Student Involvement and Leadership Office may remove a student club from the University clubs roster for failure by the club to abide by University rules and policies or Federal or state law.
  7. Student Body Officer Elections
    1. Subject to the limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech (Section IV.B.2.) and reasonable, viewpoint-neutral, and nondiscriminatory Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions, student body officer elections for the Southern Utah University Student Association (SUUSA) shall be regulated pursuant to the SUUSA constitution and bylaws.
  8. Speakers
    1. The rights of speakers to freedom of expression under the United States Constitution and the Utah Constitution shall be protected. The rights of speakers to speak and audiences to hear, free from undue disruption and interference, shall also be protected.
    2. In permitting the exercise of free speech on its campuses, the University does not sponsor or sanction the messages stated or the methods of speech used unless expressly stated otherwise.
    3. Members of the University Community shall have the right to invite speakers to address audiences on campus (at the expense of the sponsoring organization and members), subject to the limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech (Section IV.B.2.), reasonable and nondiscriminatory Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions, and other policies governing the use of University facilities such as University safety and security policies.
    4. Members of the University Community, except University Organizations, who invite speakers to address audiences on or off the campus, may not use the name of the University to imply official sponsorship of the speaker in advertising or publicizing the event, but may use the University’s name as a means to identify the location of the event.
    5. Speaker Areas
      1. Speakers may speak in any outdoor area, as long as such speech does not violate the Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions set forth in Section IV.H.6. of this Policy. The University also provides reasonably appropriate places inside the Sharwan Smith Student Center, outside the Gerald R. Sherratt Library, and on the quad north of the Library to enable speakers to address those wishing to listen. These places shall be available to any person, but University Organizations and Members of the University Community shall have scheduling preference in the use of these designated places.
      2. Nothing in this section (IV.H.5.) shall be interpreted as limiting the right of free speech elsewhere on the campus as provided by this Policy.
    6. Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions for Speakers
      1. Although it is not necessary for a person using one of the designated places in Section IV.H.5.a. to obtain prior permission from the University, the University encourages such persons to contact the campus Centralized Scheduling Office to reserve or schedule a designated place in advance to ensure availability. University Organizations and Members of the University Community reserving use of these designated places shall be given priority over those seeking to use these places without reservation.
      2. The campus Centralized Scheduling Office shall provide general notice of the procedures, including but not limited to those referenced in SUU Policy 5.13, for reserving the speaker areas in Section IV.H.5.a. Use of the speaker areas may be reserved for up to two hours for purposes of speaking.
      3. Persons reserving speaker areas may use university-provided tables and other temporary means for displaying or distributing information, provided that they set up and remove them upon the expiration of their reservation. Reservations and arrangements for tables, including the payment of applicable fees, shall be made with the campus Centralized Scheduling Office. The University reserves the right to assess costs associated with speakers on campus to the party(ies) responsible for having the speaker on campus, with such assessments not being final until they are appealed to and reviewed by the Appeals Committee (Section IV.O.1.).
  9. Protests and Demonstrations
    1. To facilitate robust debate and the free exchange of ideas, peaceful protests and demonstrations on campus are legitimate means of expression. Anyone who wishes to engage in protests and demonstrations shall be permitted to do so, as long as the protest/demonstration and the conduct of participants:
      1. Does not take place in indoor rooms/areas where quiet or reflection may be expected by those using these rooms/areas (including but not limited to classrooms, laboratories, museums, the Gerald R. Sherratt Library, the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, and other indoor and outdoor venues where theatrical/musical performances or public or private ceremonies are occurring);
      2. Does not take place inside buildings where minors are predominantly present;
      3. Is not violent; and
      4. Does not unduly disrupt the functioning of the University, interfere with the rights of other Members of the University Community, or damage University or private property. Protests and demonstrations are also subject to the limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech (Section IV.B.2.) and reasonable and nondiscriminatory Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions.
    2. Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions for Protests and Demonstrations
      1. Although it is not necessary for a person planning a protest or demonstration to obtain prior permission from the University, the University encourages such persons to contact the campus Centralized Scheduling Office to reserve or schedule a place in advance to ensure availability, and to review Policy 5.13. University Organizations and Members of the University Community reserving use of University facilities and places shall be given priority over those who do not have a reservation.
      2. Protests and demonstrations must be orderly at all times and must not jeopardize public order or safety. The University reserves the right to prohibit protestors from wearing masks or otherwise disguising their identity during protests if protestors’ conduct threatens to endanger the safety of others or to damage University property.
      3. Protests and demonstrations must not interfere with the entrances and exits to buildings or the normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
      4. Protests and demonstrations must not disrupt or obstruct university functions, organized meetings, or other assemblies in such a way as to invade the rights of others to assemble and the rights of speakers to free expression.
      5. Protests and demonstrations must not interfere with classes and teaching, the use of administrative or academic departments or offices, University activities related to teaching or research, or previously scheduled meetings or events.
      6. Persons violating the Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions relating to protests and demonstrations may be subject to arrest or other action authorized by law after notice is given of the restrictions being violated and the persons refuse to cease and desist.
      7. Protesters and demonstrators shall be financially responsible for any damages caused by their protests and demonstrations. Damages caused by third parties not part of the protests and demonstrations shall be assessed against such third parties, with such assessments not being final until they are appealed to and reviewed by the Appeals Committee (Section IV.O.1.).
  10. Sound Amplification Equipment
    1. Sound equipment shall be used only at volume levels that do not disrupt or disturb teaching, research, or other duly authorized meetings or activities at the University, and in accordance with city ordinances.
  11. Posting of Signs, Notices, Posters, and Banners
    1. Non-Commercial Signs, Notices, Posters, and Banners
      1. The University shall provide reasonable space indoors and outdoors for the posting of non-commercial signs, notices, posters, and banners by Members of the University Community. Subject to the limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech (Section IV.B.2.), the logistical procedures established by the Student Involvement and Leadership Office and Facilities Management, and reasonable and nondiscriminatory Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions, such signs, notices, posters, and banners may deal with any subject matter, including but not limited to notices of meetings or events and expressions of positions and ideas on social or political topics.
    2. Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions for Posting Non-Commercial Signs, Notices, Posters, and Banners
      1. Members of the University Community may post non-commercial signs, notices, and posters on bulletin boards and kiosks located on SUU campus and maintained by the University; however, they may not be posted on bulletin boards or kiosks maintained by academic and administrative departments of the University or in classrooms (per Section IV.K.2.b.). Noncommercial signs, notices, and posters shall not be attached to non-bulletin board or non-kiosk locations, such as on trees, buildings or portions of buildings (including walls, doors, windows, fixtures, handrails), fountains, statues, equipment, furniture, or machinery, unless otherwise expressly authorized by the Student Involvement and Leadership Office. For lawn sign requirements, see Section IV.K.2.i.
      2. Unless expressly designated for broader use, bulletin boards, easels, and kiosks maintained by an academic or administrative department of the University, and all walls, doors, whiteboards, chalkboards, windows, and other areas within classrooms, are reserved exclusively for University Organizations for University speech. Designated areas in bathroom stalls at the University are also reserved exclusively for University speech by the Student Involvement and Leadership Office. In addition, designated areas for the hanging of artwork on campus are reserved exclusively for University Organizations. Postings under this section do not need approval from the Student Involvement and Leadership Office, but are required to comply with the department’s nondiscriminatory rules and procedures.
      3. University websites and digital signage are reserved for University Organizations for University speech. However, 10 digital signage slots shall be reserved for Chartered Student Clubs to advertise meetings, fundraisers, service projects, or other events that are open to the entire student body. Chartered Student Clubs must submit their signage to the Student Involvement and Leadership Office and comply with the digital signage procedures of the office. The Student Involvement and Leadership Office shall post digital signage that complies with such procedures on a first-come, first-served basis, up to the 10-slot limit. The Student Involvement and Leadership Office (and any other relevant campus office) digital signage procedures shall be viewpoint-neutral and shall not violate this Policy.
      4. University Organizations, SUUSA, and Chartered Student Clubs may post banners in designated banner areas only after registering the banner with the Student Involvement and Leadership Office, being assigned a banner location, obtaining a date stamp on the banner, and otherwise complying with the Student Involvement and Leadership Office procedures. The procedures shall be viewpoint neutral and shall not violate this Policy. Outdoor banners may be posted only in designated outdoor areas identified and maintained by the Student Involvement and Leadership Office.
      5. Messages or slogans of any kind shall not be painted, hung, or otherwise written on trees, buildings, windows, sidewalks, grounds, fountains, walls, or other Structures or surfaces, or on the personal property of others, with the exception of Gunther the Rock, located on the quad to the north of the library, which may be used in accordance with the procedures established by the Student Involvement and Leadership Office.
      6. All non-commercial signs, notices, posters, or banners posted on SUU campus, other than those specifically exempted in Sections IV.K.2.b., IV.K.2.c., and IV.K.2.k, must have a visible expiration date stamp from the Student Involvement and Leadership Office, after which date the sign, notice, poster, or banner must be removed by the party responsible for the installation and may be removed by responsible University personnel, generally not to exceed 14 calendar days from the date of posting.
      7. Non-commercial signs, notices, posters, or banners may be re-posted for an additional 14 calendar days within a 60-day time period after the original posting date, but only after it is shown that there is good reason for the sign, notice, poster, or banner to remain in place for a longer period (such as the occurrence of a campus closure during the original posting period) and the sign, notice, poster, or banner has been re-stamped by the Student Involvement and Leadership Office.
      8. Due to the limited amount of available display space and preference for University sponsored speech, the number of postings per event sponsored is limited to no more than one posting for any event on any single bulletin board or kiosk.
      9. Small lawn signs may only be used to advertise an upcoming event or deadline held on SUU campus, or sponsored by University Organizations or Members of the University Community, or to provide directions to such events. Sponsors of such events must obtain approval of lawn signs by obtaining a visible expiration date stamp from the Student Involvement and Leadership Office, and must comply reasonable time, place, and manner procedures that comply with this Policy on the size, number, and graphics requirements of such lawn signs, where such lawn signs may be posted, and for how long, as set forth by the Student Involvement and Leadership Office. Removal of all signage under this section shall be done by the party responsible for its installation, on or before the date of the expiration stamp on the sign.
      10. The SUUSA Elections Committee may publish viewpoint-neutral, nondiscriminatory rules and procedures for the posting of campaign posters, signs, and banners, which may include exceptions to this Policy permitting additional election-related signage on campus during a designated period leading to SUUSA elections.
      11. University sponsored events, including Athletic, Shakespeare Festival and similar events, are exempted from the Student Involvement and Leadership Office review and stamp requirements set forth in Section IV.K.2.f. when they post posters, banners, small lawn signs, easels, and other similar media to publicize events sponsored by these departments, as long as they identify such items as University sponsored event media and otherwise comply with this Policy and other relevant SUU policies.
      12. University maintenance personnel or other university officials may remove any noncommercial signs, notices, posters, or banners that do not comply with this Policy.
    3. Commercial Signs, Notices, Posters, and Banners
      1. Facilities Management shall publish procedures governing the posting or distribution of commercial signs (including digital signage and projections on the side of buildings), notices, posters, banners, and other materials for commercial purposes, except for commercial signage at athletic and Shakespeare facilities, and at University athletic and Shakespeare events. Athletics and Shakespeare signage shall be expected to comply with University policies and procedures that apply to those departments. Facilities Management procedures may include a schedule of fees for non-Members of the University Community and limitations upon the areas in which such Commercial Speech may take place. The procedures shall be viewpoint neutral. Signs, notices, posters, and banners are subject to the limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech (Section IV.B.2.) and reasonable and nondiscriminatory Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions. Images of all commercial and non-university community signs, notices, posters, and banners shall be available for inspection in Centralized Scheduling Office, and a written record of actions taken under the procedures shall be maintained by Facilities Management and be open for public inspection.
      2. By posting the commercial sign, notice, poster, or banner on campus, the person or organization (a) agrees to hold the University harmless for any assessed damages or liability incurred as a result of the sign, notice, poster, or banner; and (b) is responsible for the content of any signs, notices, posters, or banners it sponsors or posts on campus.
  12. Distribution of Handbills, Petitions, and Other Written Material
    1. Any person may hand out and distribute non-commercial handbills, petitions, or other written material throughout campus without prior approval, subject to the limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech (Section IV.B.2.) and reasonable and nondiscriminatory Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions.
    2. Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions for Non-Commercial Handbills, Petitions, and Other Written Material
      1. Distribution of non-commercial handbills, petitions, and other written material on the University Campus is permissible but must not interfere with the entrances and exits of University buildings or the normal flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
      2. Distribution may not occur within classrooms, academic and administrative departments or offices, may not interfere with classes, and teaching or University activities related to teaching, may not disrupt the functioning or events of the University, and may not interfere with the rights of other Members of the University Community.
      3. Handbills or other written materials may not be attached or affixed to private property (including but not limited to vehicles) without the owner’s permission and may not be dropped or left on the ground or floors, fixtures, furniture, or in other areas in violation of applicable littering laws.
  13. Distribution of Commercial Handbills
    1. Facilities Management shall publish rules and procedures governing the distribution of commercial handbills. The procedures may include a schedule of fees and limitations upon the areas in which such commercial activity may take place. The rules and procedures shall be published on the Facilities Management website, and a written record of actions taken under the rules and procedures shall be maintained and open for public inspection upon request.
    2. Any person distributing handbills or written material shall be personally responsible for the content of the material and hold the University harmless for any assessed damage or liability incurred as a result of the distribution of the handbills or material.
  14. Non-Commercial Structures
    1. Members of the University Community and their organizations may erect noncommercial Structures on campus to express their views or opinions subject to the limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech (Section IV.B.2.) and reasonable and nondiscriminatory Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions. Such Structures may deal with any subject matter, including but not limited to social or political issues.
    2. Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions for Non-Commercial Structures
      1. Members of the University Community may erect non-commercial Structures in speaker areas defined in Section IV.H.5.a. of this Policy. Members of the University Community may erect Structures outside of the speaker areas in Section IV.H.5.a. where it is shown that the message is intended for an audience elsewhere on the campus.
      2. The campus Facilities Management office may create viewpoint-neutral, nondiscriminatory procedures related to the physical requirements and limitations, such as health and safety, of noncommercial Structures, which shall be maintained and available for inspection on the campus Facilities Management webpage.
      3. Prior to the erection of any non-commercial Structure, a person or organization must obtain a permit from Facilities Management for each proposed Structure. Permit application forms may be obtained from the Facilities Management Office. The permit application shall include the identity of the member or Members of the University Community responsible for the Structure; the proposed location, size, and design of the Structure; the period of time the Structure will be in place (up to 10 calendar days for 12 hours per day for booths and buildings of any kind and 24 hours per day for other Structures); an agreement to remove the Structure at the end of each day and upon expiration of the permit and to pay for any damage the Structure may cause to the site upon which it is erected; and an agreement to hold the University harmless for any assessed damages or liabilities caused by the Structure itself. In the case of Structures other than lawn signs, billboards, banners and similar self-explanatory Structures, the Facilities Management Office shall require that the Structure be regularly staffed during daytime school hours as a condition of issuing the permit and renewing the permit.
      4. The Facilities Management Office shall issue the permit if (a) the intended noncommercial Structure and uses made of it will not constitute a safety hazard and will not impede the normal functions of the University; (b) the Structure does not block or impede entry to any building or interfere with normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic; and (c) the proposed location of the Structure does not cause damage nor unreasonable wear and tear, in the University’s exclusive judgment, to landscaping, buildings, utility systems, or related physical elements of campus property. Structures shall not violate relevant state and local laws and ordinances.
      5. A permit for the erection and use of a non-commercial Structure shall be issued for up to 10 calendar days. In the event of compliance with the terms of the permit, it may be renewed, upon application, for the same time period, subject to the requirements applicable to the issuance of the original permit. All non-commercial Structures must be removed from campus property at the conclusion of the time for which permission was granted.
      6. University maintenance personnel or other University officials may remove any noncommercial Structures that do not comply with this Policy. Costs associate with the removal of said Structures will be assignable to the party responsible for the installation.
    3. Commercial Structures
      1. The Facilities Management Office shall issue rules and procedures governing the creation and use of Structures for commercial purposes. The rules and procedures, which may include a schedule of fees and limitations upon the areas in which such commercial activity may take place, shall be published on the Facilities Management website, and a written record of actions taken under the rules and procedures shall be maintained and open for public inspection upon request. Commercial Structures are subject to the limitations on unlawful/unprotected speech (Section IV.B.2.).
      2. University maintenance personnel or other University officials may remove any commercial Structures that do not comply with this Policy. Costs associated with the removal of said Structures will be assignable to the party responsible for the installation.
  15. Procedures
    1. Appeals
      1. An Appeals Committee is authorized to hear appeals under this Policy, and shall be comprised of members as set forth in Section III above. Any person seeking to appeal decisions made pursuant to Sections IV.H.-N. of this Policy, such as the denial of a request to post signs, notices, or posters; the removal of signs, notices, or posters by University staff; the assessment of damages caused by protests/demonstrations; the denial of permission to erect a Structure or restrictions placed upon a Structure’s permit; etc., may do so by submitting a written appeal to the Appeals Committee, through the President’s Executive Assistant, within five business days of the adverse decision. The written appeal must include the specific reasons for the appeal request.
      2. The appeal shall be referred to the Appeals Committee for decision. The Appeals Committee will consult with the Office of General Counsel to ensure compliance with this Policy and applicable law. The decision of the Appeals Committee, which shall be reached by a majority vote, shall be final.

V. RELEVANT FORMS/LINKS

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VI. QUESTIONS/RESPONSIBLE OFFICE

The responsible office for this Policy is the Office of the President. For questions about this Policy, contact the Office of Legal Affairs.


VII. POLICY ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT DATES

Date Approved: September 21, 1990

Amended: March 12, 2009; May 3, 2018