Pursuant to Article VIII of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, Saginaw Valley State University (“the University”) has the responsibility to serve as a public institution of higher education. To carry out this Constitutional mandate, the University owns and/or controls property and facilities. The University has established the following Expressive Activity on Campus policy to ensure the University’s educational mission is actualized, while allowing for the exchange of ideas.
This policy applies to all buildings, grounds, and other spaces owned or controlled by the University.
For purposes of this policy, the term "Expressive Activity" includes:
University property is primarily dedicated to academic, student life and administrative functions. But it also represents the "marketplace of ideas," and especially for students, many areas of campus represent a public forum for speech and other Expressive Activities. For students and registered student organizations, certain areas of campus are venues for free expression, including speeches, demonstrations, and the distribution of literature, as provided by this policy.
The University shall not consider the content or viewpoint of the Expressive Activity or the possible reaction to that Expressive Activity in applying this policy. The University shall not impose restrictions on students, student organizations, or university employees due to the content or viewpoint of their Expressive Activity or the possible reaction to that Expressive Activity. In the event that other persons react negatively to a student's, registered student organization's, or university employee's Expressive Activity, the University (including representatives from University Police Department) shall take all necessary steps to ensure public safety while allowing the Expressive Activity to continue, unless the University’s operations are materially and substantially disrupted.
No Expressive Activity shall be permitted to violate or hinder the rights of others within the campus community.
The University does not assume any obligation or responsibility for the content of the materials distributed.
A. General Rules
Subject to the additional rules set forth herein, Expressive Activities are allowed on University property within the following parameters:
This policy shall not apply to any person or organizations desiring to sell merchandise or services on campus. Any person or organization desiring to sell merchandise or services on campus should contact the Conference Center at 989-964-4348. Registered Student Organizations are allowed additional fundraising privileges, and must comply with the Revenue Producing Projects for SVSU Student Groups policy, SVSU Operations Manual Policy 7.2-3
B. Outdoor Locations
For outdoor University areas, students, registered student organizations, and employees may freely engage in spontaneous Expressive Activities provided that such activities are in compliance with all other provisions of this policy. Students and registered student organizations may reserve outdoor University facilities to solicit and accept donations for charitable causes or to engage in other Expressive Activities. All other individuals and organizations may use outdoor University areas as set forth in Section D, below.
C. Indoor Locations
For indoor University facilities and areas, students, registered student organizations, and University employees may freely engage in spontaneous Expressive Activities in areas identified by the Office of Student Life and The Conference Center. The Expressive Activities must comply with all other provisions of this policy.
D. Reserving Campus Facilities
(1) In the event that multiple individuals or organizations submit conflicting reservation requests, the following order of precedence shall govern: (1) official University activities and events; (2) registered student organization activities and events; (3) student activities and events; and (4) all other activities and events.
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