Tulane University Demonstration Guidelines
Revised March 2017
To view the Tulane University Demonstration Policy, click here.
Tulane University’s purpose is to create, communicate and conserve knowledge in order to enrich the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to think, to learn and to act and lead with integrity and wisdom. Congruent with that purpose, Tulane is committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas can be freely expressed and critically examined. The University expects that the expression of views be made with respect for the dignity and freedom of others.
Demonstrations must be registered at least two business days prior to the demonstration via the Demonstration Registration Form on OrgSync. It is recommended that demonstration organizers register the demonstration as early as possible if it is anticipated that significant preparations may have to be made in advance of the demonstration. Following submission of the Demonstration Registration Form, the demonstration organizer(s) may be contacted by the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Campus Life or their designee to schedule a meeting to review demonstration details, needs, and guidelines and to finalize approval for the demonstration. Any changes to the demonstration activities listed in the Demonstration Registration Form must be communicated to the AVP for Campus Life or their designee immediately with details of the changes. Any plans or materials not included may not be approved and could impact the demonstration.
The Demonstration Guidelines are intended to protect the rights of those involved in the demonstration, others in the University community, and the University from disruption to teaching, research, administrative procedures, or other University activities.
- Demonstrations may be organized by Tulane affiliates only including Recognized Student Organizations, students, faculty, and staff. Demonstrations may not be organized by off-campus persons or organizations.
- Recognized Student Organizations, students, faculty, and staff may not reserve a facility on behalf of or for use by an outside/unaffiliated group, organization or individual. This conduct constitutes “fronting” and is prohibited. University employees or students who engage in fronting may be subject to disciplinary action.
- Demonstrations can take place on campus in the following areas, permitting the activities do not interfere with a current reservation:
- McAlister Auditorium Plaza
- LBC Pocket Park
- Academic Quad
- Demonstrations may use amplified sound during the allowable times as listed in the University’s Amplified Sound Policy. This includes Fridays from 4:00-10:00pm, Saturdays from 12:00pm-10:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00pm-7:00pm.
- Sound is considered amplified when the noise is produced or made louder by any electric or electronic means such as microphones or bullhorns.
- Demonstration participants may not attempt to coerce, intimidate, or harass any other person into viewing, listening to, or accepting a copy of any communication.
- Demonstration participants may use placards. The placards must be constructed from poster board or of other similar material. Participants may not use placards constructed from material of a hard substance. Placards may be carried or worn on the person, but not tacked and nailed to trees, light posts, buildings or other structures. Placards may be affixed by tape or string and remain in place for the duration of the demonstration so long as they do not cause damage to University property and are removed and disposed of immediately after the demonstration or protest.
- Demonstration participants may not enter or occupy rooms or offices without prior written permission; obstruct or restrict the free movement of persons; or block hallways, doorways, stairs or exits from University facilities.
- Demonstration participants should take reasonable care to reduce damage to University property and to the property of others. This property includes, but is not limited to, vegetation of any type, outdoor sculptures, vehicles, and buildings. Demonstration organizers must collect all trash, and any literature/printed materials and place these materials in refuse/recycling containers.
- Demonstration participants must abide by all University policies and applicable local, state, and federal laws.
- The AVP for Campus Life or their designee may determine the point at which a demonstration becomes disruptive based upon the Demonstration Guidelines. If the situation permits, the AVP for Campus Life or their designee may inform the demonstrators that they must discontinue their disruptive activities, explaining which activities are in violation of the guidelines, and may advise them on how to continue their demonstration in a manner which is not disruptive. If the disruption continues, appropriate action may be taken, including, but not limited to, police action. An immediate physical threat to persons and/or property may require immediate police action as well as situations in which the AVP for Campus Life or their designee determines that a warning may not provide adequate protection for persons or property.
- Groups organizing a demonstration activity should be prepared for any counter protests that might occur. The Division of Student Affairs may work with counter protestors to be in compliance with the University’s Campus Demonstration Guidelines.
- When demonstrations are scheduled, organizers should expect University personnel, including Student Affairs staff and/or Tulane University Police Department, to be present for all or part of the demonstration. This presence is often necessary to ensure organizers’ own rights are protected and the University’s regular operations and activities are not interrupted. Accordingly, University representatives may film,
- photograph or record elements of the demonstration. The presence of University personnel should not be viewed as an effort to deter or otherwise interfere with properly approved demonstrations.
- Failure to register a demonstration according to the above guidelines could result in cancellation of the event as well as individual disciplinary action.