Main Campus Rules for Outdoor Events, Sound and Posting
Student Activities Center, ………………………………..
Subject to Change Without Notice
All entertainment, social activities and other similar events which are planned for on-campus outdoor areas must be cleared by an official of the Student Activities Center prior to the event. In order to reserve the desired space and avoid conflicts with other users, groups or individuals wanting to use University grounds for an outdoor event are encouraged to schedule it at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance with the University Student Activities Center, or the office that schedules the desired location, as advised by the Student Activities Center.
The sponsoring group shall be responsible for the general conduct and atmosphere of the event. Members from the sponsoring organization or group must be present for the duration of the event.
No disruption of MTU business and classrooms will be allowed.
Adequate security as determined by the Student Activities Center in consultation with the MTU Police Department must be provided. Based on space availability, logistics, and security concerns, determination of the duration and location of an event will be made by the Student Activities Center. The Student Activities Center will determine whether the event will be open to the public and whether advertising to the off-campus community will be allowed.
The production of sound, either amplified or non-amplified, in conjunction with an outdoor event or speech activity under UBPPM 2220 (University Business Policies and Procedures – Freedom of Expression and Dissent) may not substantially disrupt educational activities and other University business. The Student Activities Center reserves the right to set event location, permissible sound levels and amplification so as to minimize the adverse impact on University activities.
Sound amplification is of particular concern. During regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri.) amplification is allowed from noon to 1:00 p.m. in areas that will not substantially disrupt University activities. Outside of regular business hours, amplified sound may not substantially disrupt University residential areas and the surrounding city neighborhoods.
During the week of final examinations no events involving amplified sound will be scheduled. If amplified sound is substantially disruptive, the event sponsor will be asked to reduce the volume or face termination of the event. At no time may amplified sound exceed 88 decibels at the source.
See also Posting Policy
Placement of posters, notices, fliers or painting of signs at any time on any permanent University structures, such as buildings, utility poles, fountains, fixed refuse containers and trees on campus is prohibited. Stakes may not be driven into the grass. Displays painted or posted improperly will be removed promptly by maintenance crews. Any extraordinary expense will be charged to the persons or groups responsible for the damage. Posting with glue is prohibited.
Chalking with non-permanent sidewalk chalk is permitted only on sidewalks which are exposed to weather and foot traffic where chalk will wear off in a short time. Chalking is not permitted on any permanent University structures or on sidewalks under balconies or overpasses not exposed to the elements. Chalking is also prohibited within fifteen feet of the entrance to any building.
Posters, notices and flyers may be placed on the outdoor kiosks. These are cleaned off once a month. Posting inside of campus buildings may be done with the prior approval of the office in charge of the area.
Notices and flyers may be distributed at any outdoor area on campus consistent with the orderly conduct of University affairs, the maintenance of University property, and the free flow of traffic and persons. Efforts must be made to avoid litter. Any expense incurred by the University for clean-up will be charged to the person or organization responsible. Materials shall not be forced upon others; excessive hawking or shouting at persons is prohibited.
Persons violating any of these rules may be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct or the Visitor Code of Conduct. Violations by faculty or staff will be referred to the appropriate department or academic unit. In addition, violators may be subject to an order to leave University property and/or arrest for violation of State law(s).
See also the Freedom of Expression and Dissent Policy UBPPM 2220.