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Campus Policies

Peaceful Demonstrations and Protests

The college or university shall establish reasonable time, place and manner restrictions to assure that the assembly does not substantially disrupt the work of the institution or does not interfere with the opportunity of other students to obtain an education or otherwise infringe upon the rights of others. Such regulations shall not be used as a means of censorship. The president, or designee, may prohibit any forum when holding the event, in his or her judgment, which would result in physical harm or threat of physical harm to persons or property. Prior to any such prohibition, the president shall make his or her best effort to consult with a designated member of the student association. 

First Amendment principles and Minnesota State Statutes acknowledge and affirm the rights of individuals to petition peacefully and in an orderly manner. This policy on demonstrations and protests is in keeping with these principles and rights. 

  1. Peaceful demonstrations and protests for the purpose of attracting attention to specific causes and to express grievances are condoned by the University. 
  2. Sponsors of demonstrations or protests must secure a registration permit from the Director of Student Union or designee at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled activity. 
  3. Peaceful demonstrations and protests so registered will be permitted in the following nonreserve areas: non-academic, public hallways and lounges; the Hobson Memorial Union Ballroom Lobby; and the Deputy Hall Lobby. These areas and some outside areas may be requested for demonstration and protest purposes through the Director of Student Union or designee. Such activity is not permitted inside offices, academic buildings, classrooms, laboratories, or residence hall living areas. 
  4. At no time shall a demonstration or protest block individuals from proper and lawful access to and egress from other areas of the buildings. 
  5. The University will intervene in the conduct of demonstrations when statutes are violated, when others are deprived of their rights or when operations of the University are disrupted.
  6. Students who violate the University Conduct Code in the course of a demonstration or protest may be subject to disciplinary action under the student conduct system as well as penalties under applicable state laws. Minnesota Statute Section 624.72 addresses the issue of demonstrations and states that, "Whoever, intentionally, or through coercion, force or intimidation, denies or interferes with the lawful right of another to the free access to or egress from or to use or remain in or upon public property or in a like manner interferes with the transaction of public business therein or thereon may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or a fine of not more than $3,000 or both." 
  7. Sponsors of Peaceful Demonstrations must adhere to all university policies.