TIME, MANNER, AND PLACE RULES FOR SPEECH ACTIVITIES
Purpose and Scope
(1) The University recognizes and supports the rights of free expression and speech. It is the purpose of these regulations to inform members of the University community and the public of the manner in which they may engage in constitutionally protected speech and expression at Oregon State University. It is the further intent to ensure the primary educational purpose of the University while promoting debate and the sharing of information.
(2) These regulations do not limit otherwise authorized University community use of University facilities.
(3) These regulations do not affect any rights which an employee organization, certified as the exclusive representative pursuant to ORS 243.650 and following, may have been granted pursuant to its collective bargaining agreement or Oregon Revised Statutes.
(1) "Person" means any member of the public or the University community.
(2) "Public" means any individual or group not included in the definition of "University community."
(3) "Speech Activities" means leafletting, picketing, speech-making, demonstration, petition circulation, and similar speech-related activities.
(4) "University" means Oregon State University.
(5) "University Community" means all students, faculty and staff of the University including student, faculty and staff sponsored organizations.
(1) University grounds are open to the public and the University community for speech activities except any grounds designated for authorized access only. University buildings are open to the public and the University community for speech activities during the regular business hours of the particular building, except the following:
(a) Classroom buildings;
(b) Research and laboratory facilities and buildings;
(c) The Valley Library;
(d) Plageman Hall (Student Health Center);
(e) Any area or building designated for authorized access only.
(2) Speech activities in residence halls and University-owned cooperative houses may be regulated by the Director of University Housing and Dining Services in consultation with appropriate student residence associations. Such regulations shall be content neutral.
Access, Traffic, and University Business Not to be Impeded
(1) No speech activities shall impede pedestrian and vehicular traffic nor unreasonably disrupt regular or authorized activities in classrooms, offices, laboratories and other University facilities or grounds. The Chief Business Officer may require any speech activity to be conducted 15 feet or more from any exit, entrance, staircase, parking lot, or roadway if necessary to allow access.
(2) No speech activities shall be conducted at a volume which unreasonably disrupts the normal use of classrooms, offices and laboratories.
(3) The Chief Business Officer may designate the portion of a street and the time of day during which a street is not available for speech activities in order to meet traffic, emergency access, and public transit needs.
(1) In order to allow scheduling and to assure public safety, persons desiring to picket or demonstrate are encouraged to notify the appropriate University official at least 24 hours in advance.
(2) The officials to be notified are:
(a) The LaSells Stewart Center and adjoining plaza: the Director of Conference Facilities and Services;
(b) The Memorial Union and the Quadrangle to the north of the Memorial Union: the Director of the Memorial Union;
(c) All other areas: the Chief Business Officer.
University Mail System
In addition to mail delivered through the U.S. Postal System, University mailboxes may be used for the distribution of material related to University business.
Use of Tables, Carts, Booths, and Similar Structures
(1) Tables, carts, or booths or similar structures may be set out and used on campus only as provided in this rule.
(2) Except as provided in section (3) of this rule, use of a table, cart, booth or similar structure on campus for informational, non profit, commercial, or any other purposes, must be sponsored by a recognized student organization or university department, or a faculty or staff organization:
(a) Recognized student organizations must register the activity with the university through the Student Activities Center in Memorial Union East. Student members of the organization shall conduct all activity. If sales result, gross receipts must be deposited in a university account in accordance with university policies and procedures. The Student Activities Center and the recognized student group shall establish the time period during which the sponsored use may take place;
(b) University department or faculty/staff organization sponsored uses must be scheduled with the Memorial Union Reservation Office. Faculty or staff members (or students) of the sponsoring department or organization must conduct all activity. The Memorial Union Reservation Office shall establish the time period during which the use may take place;
(c) Users may provide their own tables, carts, or booths, or reserve tables available through the Student Activities Center. Use is restricted to the quad north of the Memorial Union. Alternatively, on a first come, first serve basis, counter space within these rules (without use of tables, carts, or booths) may be reserved in the Memorial Union;
(d) Users sponsored by the OSU Athletic Department may request placement of tables, carts or booths in Gill Coliseum or other facilities controlled by the Athletic Department through the Athletic Department Business Office.
(3) Nothing in this rule is intended to authorize:
(a) Sale of products or food on campus in conflict with existing exclusive contracts for similar merchandise or services;
(b) Uses in conflict with the OSU catering policy guidelines.
(4) It is the responsibility of the user to acquire any necessary state, county, or municipal licenses.
Any person may request from the Chief Business Officer an interpretation of any provision of these regulations which he or she finds unclear or believes to have been misapplied.
The Chief Business Officer may authorize speech activities which are determined not to cause disruption of campus activities despite a literal violation of these regulations. Such determinations shall be made without consideration of the content or message of the speech activities.
(1) Any person violating these rules is subject to:
(a) Institutional disciplinary proceedings, if a student or employee;
(b) An order to leave the immediate premises or property owned or controlled by the University by a person in charge of University property.
(2) Persons failing to comply with an order by a person in charge to leave or to remain off the immediate premises or property owned or controlled by the University are subject to arrest for criminal trespass.
(3) The Chief Business Officer, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students, Security Services Manager, Director of University Housing and Dining Services, Director of Conference Facilities and Services, the Director of the Memorial Union and Educational Activities, and their designees, have the authority of "persons in charge" of University property for purposes of ORS 164.205(5) and these rules.