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Revised 10/2012, 08/2018
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Ball State University property is intended to be used by its students, employees and others to further the University’s educational mission, goals and programs. In fulfilling its educational mission, the University recognizes the importance of free speech, which includes the right to engage in “expressive activities” such as assembling, demonstrating, marching, constructing temporary structures and signs, distributing or posting materials, and other similar means of expressing thoughts and ideas, so long as such expressions are conducted in an orderly manner that respects the rights of others in the campus community.
This policy sets forth rules and procedures governing the time, place and manner for engaging in expressive activities on University property, to ensure they do not endanger the health, safety and welfare of individuals or disrupt the University’s academic programs. It applies to all students, employees, visitors and other individuals while on the Ball State University campus. This policy does not replace, but supplements, applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
All events involving expressive activities must be scheduled and approved in advance of the event with the following exceptions: (1) an out-of-doors demonstration or assembly that is not reasonably expected to involve more than fifty (50) people; and (2) a distribution of materials by hand out-of-doors in designated areas not involving the use of tables, booths or other similar set-ups. Persons or groups desiring to hold or sponsor an event involving expressive activities that must be scheduled and approved in advance should contact the Campus Reservationist at least three (3) business days prior to the event and complete the required forms. The decision whether to approve the event will be made by the Director of Student Life on a content-neutral basis, in consultation with the Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning and Management or designee, the Director of Public Safety or designee, campus reservationist or designee and/or General Counsel. Events sponsored by students, employees, or recognized student organizations will have priority over other events. In the event that multiple events with equal priority are scheduled and approved, the event that is scheduled first will be held in the approved location. If possible, an alternate location for the second event will be identified.
Unless expressly defined in this policy, the definitions in Ball State’s “Policy Concerning Campus Use” apply to this policy also.