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Posting of Materials and Sidewalk Chalking


To describe the conditions under which posting of materials and sidewalk chalking is permissible on the property of the University and its affiliate organizations.

Applies to: 

All faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors.

Policy Statement: 

Posting of Materials

The University has established bulletin boards across campus for the purpose of posting materials such as flyers, posters, handbills, and similar materials. Posting materials must be confined to designated bulletin boards to prevent littering and administrative costs associated with maintenance, upkeep, and campus beautification goals.

Posting in areas other than designated bulletin boards is prohibited. Prohibited areas include, but are not limited to, walls, doors, chairs, utility poles, bus stops, newspaper distribution boxes, vehicle windshields, trash cans, or other surfaces.

Flyers, posters, handbills, and other similar materials must be posted on a designated University bulletin board, as outlined below.

1. Classroom Bulletin Boards

Classroom bulletin boards are located within classrooms, and their use is restricted to instructional information, as defined by the instructors who use that classroom. These boards may not be used by other groups or individuals for other purposes, and unauthorized materials may be removed immediately. Examples of instructional information may include course syllabi, assignments, information about lectures or events related to the course, or other relevant course materials posted by the instructors.

2. Unit/Department Bulletin Boards

Unit/Department bulletin boards are assigned to specific university units or departments (e.g., the Office of First-Year Experience, the Chemistry Department). These bulletin boards are often located near the physical office of the unit or department to which the bulletin board is assigned. Use of Unit/Department bulletin boards is restricted to the assigned unit or department and may not be used by other groups or individuals for other purposes. Examples of materials that units and departments may post on their boards may include notices about classes, departmental meetings, scholarship, study, employment opportunities, lectures, exhibits, or performances.

3. General Use Bulletin Boards

General Use bulletin boards may be used by the entire KU community, though they are intended primarily for students. These boards can be used to post information on any non-commercial topic, including but not limited to campus events, student groups, job opportunities, current events and news, political causes, opinions, etc.

Additionally, the following considerations apply to all bulletin board categories:

  • Commercial materials are not permitted.
  • Individuals may not post two of the same materials on the same bulletin board.
  • Individuals should be respectful of existing materials on the bulletin board and not alter, remove, or post over other materials.
  • Unauthorized materials may be removed.

Sidewalk Chalking

Sidewalk chalking is permitted for members of the University community on paved, uncovered campus sidewalks. Only water-soluble, dry-stick sidewalk chalk is allowed. Aerosol spray chalk, paint, and all other products that do not wash away in the rain are prohibited.

Chalking is prohibited on any surface other than paved, uncovered campus sidewalks, including but not limited to stairways, curbs, covered sidewalks, brick surfaces, buildings, windows, benches, planters, trash containers, pillars, flag poles, and other vertical surfaces.

Chalking that is commercial in nature is prohibited.

All chalking is subject to routine removal by Operations staff in the interest of campus beautification and cleanliness.

Postings and chalking may not violate applicable laws or policies regulating or related to unprotected speech, including but not limited to true threats, incitement to imminent violence, fighting words, and unlawful targeted harassment.


Unauthorized posting of materials or prohibited chalking is subject to immediate removal. The responsible individual or sponsor may be billed for costs related to removal, clean up, or repair. In the case of commercial advertisements, both the company whose products or services are being advertised and any advertising agency or group responsible for the postings or chalking may be billed for costs.

Egregious or repeated violations of this policy may result in loss of privileges for individuals, companies, or groups (i.e., lose the privilege of setting up information tables).

Individuals who violate the abovementioned provisions of this policy may be subject to Kansas law regarding damage to State property.

Freedom of Expression Acknowledgment:
Nothing herein shall be construed in a manner that would result in a conflict with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution or any other relevant federal or state laws or regulations concerning freedom of speech or expression. This policy incorporates by reference the principles set forth in the KBOR Statement on Free Expression, and shall be construed in a manner consistent therewith, along with KBOR’s policy on the Use of Campus Grounds and Facilities. Nothing herein, or in any other University policy or rule, shall be deemed to discourage students, faculty, or staff from hearing diverse points of view from speakers and programs sponsored by the University or recognized student, faculty or employee organizations. Further, with regard to any regulation or restriction of protected speech or expression, this and all other University policies or rules are intended to be content-neutral and limited to narrowly drawn time, place and manner restrictions that are consistent with established principles of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and shall be construed accordingly.


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Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Tuesday, September 1, 1998
Effective on: 
Thursday, October 1, 1998
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Bulletin boards, posting materials, community advertising
Change History: 

05/16/2022: Updated to align with KBOR's Statement on Free Expression.
07/16/2020: Substantively revised to remove outdated information and align with existing University practices.
07/25/2018: Updated UEC to the Office of Event Management and Protocol. 
08/22/2016: Revisions to section on sidewalk chalking approved by Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor.
12/05/2014: Policy formatting updates (e.g., bolding, spacing).
12/12/2012: Reviewed; no substantive changes.
06/18/2011: Updates approved by the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor.
08/01/2010: Revisions from 06/25/2010 effective.
06/25/2010: Section on sidewalk chalking approved by the Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.
01/20/2002: Revision effective spring semester, 2002.
11/07/2001: Approved by the Provost.
11/06/2001: approved by the University Senate Executive Committee.
Fall 2001: Amended by Student Senate.
10/01/1998: Approved by the Office of the Provost.

Operational Categories: 
Outreach & Solicitation
Student Life Categories: 
Events, Protests & Organizations

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