University Policies and Procedures
Affecting Advocacy Activities

Sections I & II

I. Introduction

  1. All Central Michigan University policies, procedures, and operating directives which affect advocacy activities on campus, whether or not they were developed for that specific purpose, are set forth in this document. In each case the policies are intended to conform with certain assumed principles. These are:

    1. The vast majority of Central Michigan University students have reached the legal age of majority and have all the rights and responsibilities of adult citizens.

    2. Informed political participation is a necessary element in the democratic process, and such participation is one of the obligations of citizenship.

    3. Participation in the discussion of political and other public issues by University students is a desirable educational function and goal.

    4. The University, as a public agency supported by public revenues, maintains a posture of institutional neutrality with respect to partisan issues.

  2. Inquiries concerning these policies or questions concerning their interpretation may be addressed to the Vice President for University Relations or the Dean of Students. Complaints arising in connection with political campaigning or advocacy activities on the campus shall be addressed to the Vice President for University Relations.

  3. Fund raising, solicitation of funds and commercial activities, including commercial speech, to the extent occurring on the University's Mt. Pleasant campus, are governed by the following policies:

    1. Fund Raising, Sales and Solicitation on Central Michigan University Campus.

    2. Where applicable, Application for Sales and Solicitations and Fund Raising in Residence Halls.

II. Definitions

The following definitions apply to these policies.

  1. PRINTED MATERIALS: Written, non-commercial communications including leaflets, handbills, literature, signs, cloth signs or posters.

  2. DISTRIBUTION: The practice of hand delivering or passing out PRINTED MATERIALS, including leafleting or handbilling.

  3. DEMONSTRATING: The practice of patrolling, marching, walking, standing or sitting, usually with placards or other signs, to publicize a point of view.

  4. RELATED FIRST AMENDMENT ACTIVITY: The practice of (1) asking an individual to sign a petition or registration, or (2) asking an individual to support or oppose an issue or support or oppose a candidate for office, or (3) asking an individual to register to vote.

  5. AMPLIFIED SOUND: Sound which has been amplified by electronic means, or otherwise, including public address equipment, sound vehicles and amplified musical instruments.

  6. TEMPORARY STRUCTURES: Sandwich Board signs and any temporary facility (e.g. tent, hut, shanty, stage, table, vehicle) which have not been approved by a faculty or staff member or the designated representative of a University sponsored class or event in conjunction with that University sponsored class or event. No TEMPORARY STRUCTURES may be greater than 100 square feet or taller than 8 feet high.

  7. REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATION: Those student organizations registered with the Office of Student Life.