Unaffiliated persons or groups wishing to utilize outdoor University property to engage in public speaking, to make public announcements or to distribute literature may do so in designated areas and must make a reservation for that space with the Reservation Officer no more than four weeks in advance and at least seven days in advance of the desired speaking date.
Reservations are allocated on a space-available basis, with priority given to student groups/organizations and affiliated persons. Reservations are for two-hour blocks, with a maximum of one two-hour block per speaker, per week. Use of spaces designated for public speaking or distribution of literature must conform with University regulations and policies and must not block pedestrian or vehicular traffic or impede normal University operations.
Events that are held in indoor University facilities and are open to the public or to select unaffiliated persons create a right to peaceful demonstration and protest on outdoor University property in specific relation to such events in a manner that one, does not impede normal operations or obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic; two, is consistent with University policies; and three, complies with any event-specific security requirements.
The policy revisions were modeled after time, place and manner provisions adopted by the University of Maryland and upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.