Read the UCR Protest Guidelines and leave your comment here Dec 14. 2011 | Comments (246)
In the morning of Dec 14, 2011 the UCR Protest Guidelines have been taken down and the site is now 'under construction'.
From posting the 'guidelines' to taking them down and leaving a blank page, the university administration has never officially announced the 'guidelines' to students, faculty or staff.
You can read the Protest Guidelines previously posted on the university administration site here and please leave your comment.
Your Voice Matters. Make an Impact.
How to have a successful protest at UCR
FREE SPEECH IS WELCOME HERE
Regardless of your message, the University of California, Riverside welcomes your voice. We serve
as a public venue for the open and free exchange of ideas, and support your right to protest with the understanding that the safety and rights of all individuals, protection of property, continuation of the academic process, and normal operations of the University without interference are very important.
RULES + PROTEST = Necessary Oxymoron
“Following rules” seems to go against the nature of a protest, but itʼs necessary to protect the rights and safety of everyone. Follow laws and UCR polices so your voice can be heard. If violations occur, the protest can be shut down, and participants can be subject to campus and/or legal sanctions. Nobody wants that, so plan ahead with UCR to balance it all out.
101 BASICS - Protest Doʼs and Donʼts…
Follow the checklist …
To be heard and make an impact, follow the checklist in this brochure.
Plan ahead with UCR…
To plan your protest or other scheduled UCR event, consult with the Dean of Students Office.
(HUB 381; 951-827-6095; email@example.com) and Highlander Event Scheduling (HUB 377;
951-827-3215; firstname.lastname@example.org). UCR doesnʼt want to control or limit what you have to say – we
just want to help make it safe and successful.
Schedule your protest time and place…
Schedule use of UCR grounds and/or facilities through the Highlander Event Scheduling office at
HUB 377, or go to hub.ucr.edu/eventscheduling.
Follow UCR public assembly policies…
Review full policies at deanofstudents.ucr.edu/policiesProcedures under the Public Assembly link.
This includes time, place, and manner guidelines, policies on distributing literature, approvals
needed for amplified sound, grounds for discipline, and more.
Have a UCR representative at your protest…
To ensure a safe event, a UCR staff representative must attend your protest and be able to
communicate with a contact person in your group.
• Camp overnight or hold overnight events.
• Harm people or property
• Disrupt classes
• Disrupt university business
• Violate the rights of others
• Hold a protest without planning and scheduling ahead with UCR
• Forget to use and follow the checklist
CHECKLIST TO PLAN YOUR PROTEST
Plan your protest with this checklist to make sure itʼs consistent with laws and UCR policies.
A MONTH OR MORE BEFORE the Event
o Develop preliminary plans for your event. A registered student organization or department must
sponsor your protest, so make sure this is in place before proceeding.
2 WEEKS BEFORE the Event
(note: protests with multiple risk factors, and/or an expected audience of over 100 will take more time to approve)
o Contact the Assistant Dean of Students at HUB 381 (951-827-6095) to schedule a meeting with
Event Review Committee members to preview your preliminary plans, and then refine plans based
on feedback. Members of the Event Review Committee include HUB Event Scheduling, UCR
Police, Risk Management, and a faculty or staff advisor.
o Reserve the Bell Tower or Speakers Mound through the Highlander Event Scheduling Office. Stop
by HUB 377, call 951-827-3215, or go online to hub.ucr.edu/eventscheduling.
o Protests that include the following elements have additional planning considerations:
◊ Signs – Construct any signs with soft material such as cardboard or cloth, to be carried or
worn by participants (not attached to rigid sticks or poles).
◊ Marches - Develop a proposal for the marching route and a management plan for review
and approval by UCR. Marches are restricted to outdoor spaces.
◊ Amplified sound (bullhorns, drums, whistles, sirens, sound systems, etc.) - Submit a request
for amplified sound to Student Life at HUB 229, or email email@example.com. Amplified sound
use is typically limited to 12 noon – 1pm, and must be pre-approved.
◊ Chalking - Develop a proposal to include sample messaging, proposed locations, and a
cleanup plan for review and approval by UCR. Chalking is typically restricted to the Upper
Mall of the HUB.
o Confirm with the Assistant Dean of Students that your protest and any requested exceptions are
approved, and that your space is reserved.
o Promote the event.
◊ Stop by the Student Life office at HUB 229 to have posters and flyers reviewed and stamped
for approval in advance of posting.
◊ Reserve space in the glass cases or the wall outside of the deli Stacked in the HUB through
the Highlander Event Scheduling Office (HUB 377).
DURING the Event
o Identify a contact person from your organization to consult with the Assistant Dean of Students or UCR designee throughout the event. Exchange cell phone numbers.
o Follow laws and University policies, and advise all participants to do the same, including:
◊ If protesting a speaker on campus, you canʼt infringe on the ability of others to view or hear
◊ Camping or overnight events are not permitted.
◊ Donʼt interfere with, block, or impede the normal access, entrance, or exit to or from any building or portion of one.
◊ Donʼt block or impede access to any emergency alarm system(s).
◊ Donʼt interfere or tamper with any part of any emergency alarm system.
◊ Donʼt endanger personal safety or damage personal or University property.
◊ Donʼt interfere with or disrupt normal University business, classes, or any organized and
authorized University activity inside or outside a campus building.
◊ Donʼt refuse the lawful directions of a University official or police officer acting in their official
◊ Donʼt interfere with the ability of vehicles to enter or exit a roadway or with the normal flow of
◊ Donʼt distribute literature at entrances to buildings or inside buildings or classrooms.
AFTER the Event
o Clean up (to avoid cleanup/repair and replacement charges).
o Schedule a meeting with the Assistant Dean of Students to debrief the event.
RESOURCES FOR PLANNING A PROTEST
Consultation, Planning, The AVC & Dean of Students
and Policies HUB 381; (951) 827-6095
Scheduling Time & Place Highlander Event Scheduling
HUB 377; (951) 827-3215
Approval of Posters, Fliers, Office of Student Life
and Amplified Sound HUB 229; (951) 827-7344
University of California, Riverside, Public Assembly Policies
Policies for Non-Academic Scheduling & Use of University Facilities
University of California Policy on Speech and Advocacy
University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students
Non-Affiliates in the Buildings and on the Grounds of the University of California
Your voice matters. Make it effective.
Follow guidelines for public assembly & expression.
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