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Purpose: 

This policy informs those interested in engaging in public speech or holding assemblies, rallies, marches, events, gatherings, and/or counter protests ("Assemblies") on University property of the manner in which expressive actions may be conducted by groups and the procedures for registering the assembly. Registration notifies the University of the plans by groups for such expression and allows the University to maintain a safe and secure educational environment, provide ample space for expressive group actions, and maintain safe traffic flow and safe access to buildings.

Applies to: 

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors

Campus: 
Lawrence
Policy Statement: 

The University allows Assemblies (as defined below) on campus for use by registered KU student organizations, registered campus organizations, and external groups, so long as the organization or group complies with the Public Assembly Registration Procedures. The University reserves the right to reschedule, re-locate or disperse an Assembly when: a group has not complied with all University policies and the Public Assembly Registration Procedures; the Assembly cannot be reasonably and safely accommodated at the requested location; or the Assembly conflicts with scheduled operations of the University or a previously registered Assembly.

Furthermore, political activities on campus are governed by state law and certain policies of the Kansas Board of Regents. These and other laws and policy governing political activity are as forth in the Political Activity summary of Kansas Statutes and Board of Regents/University Policies on the use of University equipment, facilities, personnel, and other resources for partisan political activity.

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

Registration is not required for an instructor conducting classroom activities outdoors if such location is not already in use.

Contact: 

Office of Public Affairs
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Room 230, Strong Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
785-864-7100
publicaffairs@ku.edu

Director, Student Involvement & Leadership Center
1301 Jayhawk Blvd.
Room 400, Kansas Union
Lawrence, KS 66045
785-864-4861
silcfront@ku.edu

Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Effective on: 
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Definitions: 

Assembly: Assembly shall include assemblies, rallies, marches, events, gatherings, and/or counter protests of Assemblies consisting of two or more persons acting in concert, such as a registered KU student organization, a registered campus organization, or a group or organization that is not a University unit or organization.

Keywords: 
expressive action, event, assembly, rally, gathering, protest, protesting
Change History: 

06/16/2020: Substantively revised and approved by the Chancellor.
07/25/2018: Updated UEC with the Office of Event Management and Protocol. Updated UEC Guidelines link to the new Event Management Procedures website.
01/04/2017: Updated contact information and broken KBOR link.
04/02/2015: Fixed broken link to Board of Regents Policy Manual.
12/17/2014: Fixed broken link to Boards of Regents Policy Manual.
12/10/2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing)
11/25/2014: Corrected typo.
10/30/2014: Fixed broken links.
05/06/2014: Added new keywords.
05/05/2011: Approved by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter.

Student Life Categories: 
Events, Protests & Organizations
Facilities Use & Scheduling

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