P107R: Public Assembly
- Issued by:
- Office of the President
- May 1990
- August 2018
Free speech and peaceful assembly are rights of citizens and are fundamental to the
University as a center for open inquiry in the search for knowledge and insight. The
University is strongly committed to the protection of these rights for all members
of the campus community. However, these rights bring with them a concurrent obligation
to maintain a campus atmosphere conducive to scholarly pursuits and respect for the
rights of all individuals. Individuals engaged in assemblies, demonstrations, and
similar expressions of First Amendment rights (herein referred to generically as "assemblies")
may not infringe on the rights of others or disrupt essential operations of the University.
While exercising the right to public assembly, the Code of Student Responsibility
and all other University policies remain in effect.
Conducting Orderly Assemblies
- The University will not interfere with orderly assemblies in public areas of grounds
and buildings unless participants:
- Prevent the orderly conduct of a University function or activity, such as lectures,
meetings, interviews, ceremonies, and other public events.
- Obstruct the free movement of vehicles or of persons, including, but not limited to
in any building or facility, inclusive of blocking hallways and doors. If a protest
area is established by a University official(s), protesters are required to comply
with these physical boundaries.
- Willfully cause injury or damage to persons or property.
- Willfully operate audio amplification equipment in a manner that conflicts with normal
University operations or that is deemed injurious to health and safety.
- Jeopardize the safety and security of others, including, but not limited to, the presence
of sticks, poles, or torches, which are prohibited.
- Without authorization from the University Police, occupy a building after it is normally
- Without authorization from the Office of Campus Operations and Maintenance, construct
structures, inclusive of objects requiring penetration in concrete or grass, or camp
on University grounds.
- Violate the provisions of the
SUNY Policy 3653, titled Rules for Maintenance of Public Order.
- Sponsors/organizers must restore the site to its original condition. If such restoration
is not completed to the satisfaction of the University, the sponsor/organizer shall
be held responsible for and liable to the University for payment of any and all costs
incurred by the University to restore the site to its original condition.
SERVICES FOR PLANNED ASSEMBLIES
To ensure the safety of participants and the protection of the rights of all members
of the campus community, the University may provide services such as location, safety,
crowd control, sound equipment, site preparation/cleanup, and/or other such facilities
or services it deems necessary ("Services").
Request for Services. Assemblies for which sponsors anticipate that Services may be necessary, should,
within a reasonable length of time prior to the planned event, notify:
Recognized Student Clubs and Organizations: Department of Student Engagement & Activities, Student Activities Center, Room 219,
Phone: (631) 63
Labor/Union Groups: Office of Labor Relations, Administration Bldg., Room 291A, Phone: (631) 63
All other Groups or Individuals: Conferences and Special Events, Charles B. Wang Center, Suite 302, Phone: (631) 63
A response to the request for Services and an estimate of established fees or charges
will be communicated to the sponsor/organizer within a reasonable amount of time after
receipt of the written request and prior to the date of the assembly.
No Services Requested. Assemblies requiring no Services may take place without any prior notification by
the sponsors and/or organizers. However, conformity with specific campus regulations
noted above, is required. If you are unsure of whether your assembly requires Services,
you may contact the appropriate office designated in sub-paragraph (a), above for
OUTSIDE SPONSORED GROUPS
In addition to the foregoing, use of campus facilities (space) by outside sponsored
groups requires a Revocable Permit and must be coordinated through the Office of Administration.
For information related to this policy, one of the following offices may be contacted:
Office of Administration
Administration Building, Suite 221
Department of Student Engagement & Activities
Student Activities Center, Room 219
Office of Labor Relations
West Campus and HSC
Conferences and Special Events
Charles B. Wang Center, Suite 302
University Police Department
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