2. Assemblies and Demonstrations

Arcadia University believes that students and student organizations should be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They should always be free to support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and essential operations of the institution. At the same time it should be made clear to the academic and the larger community that, in their public expressions or demonstrations, students or student organizations speak only for themselves.

As multiple opportunities, both formal and informal, are available for communication among the various groups in the University community, and as students have considerable opportunity to participate in the formulation of University policy, it is hoped these channels will be used to present ideas, suggestions and grievances thus making a disruption of the orderly business of the University unnecessary.

If the campus is to be truly free, legitimate exchanges of dialogue must proceed without obstruction or coercion from any quarter.

The Conduct of Demonstrations or Special Rallies

  1. Campus demonstrations will be permitted, provided the following standards are observed:
    • They are confined to the outside of University buildings, in which case it is recommended that the Dean of Students be informed of demonstration plans
    • They are conducted in an orderly manner
    • They permit the free flow of traffic
    • They do not interfere with classes, other educational activities, or the normal business of the University
    • They do not involve unauthorized use of University buildings (authorization for the use of University buildings must be secured from the Conference Services Office)
    • They must not involve physical abuse or detention of any person on University-owned or -controlled property or at any University sponsored or supervised function
    • They must not be conducted in a way, which endangers the health or safety of any persons
    • They must not result in any theft or damage to property of the University or of a member of the University community, or the property of a visitor to the University.
  2. Counter-demonstrators will observe the same standards as set forth above. Demonstrations may not be interfered with by other than duly constituted authorities.
  3. An Arbitration Committee will be formed to mediate in the case of any form of campus disruption. The composition of this committee is to be: President of the University (or the President’s designated representative), President of the Student Government Organization, President of the Senior Class, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dean of Students, and three members of the Faculty Council.
  4. If or when, in the judgment of the President of the University, the Dean of Students, or their designated representative, a demonstration has passed out of the control of its organizers to the extent that freedom of movement on the campus or the normal conduct of University affairs is threatened, or property is being damaged, a verbal attempt will be made to persuade demonstrators to desist from practices in violation of these standards. The Chairperson of the Arbitration Committee, or the Chairperson’s duly authorized delegate, will then provide a prompt opportunity for the leaders of the demonstration to meet with the committee.
  5. It is the policy of Arcadia University to resolve its problems within the confines of the University community. In the event the demonstrators do not accede to an arbitration meeting, the University President, or the President’s appropriate representative, will warn them of the consequences and give them a reasonable time to desist.
  6. After the expiration of a reasonable period of time, the names of those who do not observe the above standards will be requested by the University President or the President’s appropriate representative. The names of such persons may be obtained by such means, short of force, as repeated demands or any other reasonable procedure or technique designed to elicit such information. Evidence used for identification shall become the exclusive property of the appropriate University judicial bodies and shall remain confidential, unless the University is under legal compulsion to release such evidence to outside authorities.
  7. If persuasion and warning fail, the University Public Safety Personnel Safety may be requested to put an end to any violation.
  8. If, in the judgment of the President of the University, the Dean of Students, or their designated representative, the University Public Safety personnel seem unable to cope successfully with the situation, then these same authorities may request outside assistance.
  9. In the case of violent disruption causing physical abuse to any person or damage to University property, or serious threat of such occurrences, the University reserves the right to take all necessary steps, including assistance from the appropriate outside authorities, without following the procedures set forth above.