President's Directive No. 4
University Policy Regarding Handbills and Circulars on Campus
This directive is issued pursuant to Sections 89031 and 89035
of the Education Code. Violation of this directive is a misdemeanor
and is punishable as prescribed in Section 19 of the California
penal Code and/or Section 41301, Title 5, California Administrative
Code. Except as provided in this direction, it is unlawful for any
person to, upon the grounds of the University campus cast, throw,
deposit, or distribute any advertising handbills or circulars except
by written authorization from the president or his/her designee
and subject to the posting standards regulations as attached to
this directive. Under no circumstances shall any handbills or circulars
by placed upon any parked vehicle on the grounds of the University
or from or adjacent to any roadway.
California Administrative Code, Title V, Section 42352 states that:
No person or persons shall, upon any of the grounds of any
campus, cast, throw, deposit or distribute any advertising handbills
or circulars which contain false, misleading, or illegal advertising.
The distribution of written or printed matter shall be permitted
on campus, subject however, to reasonable directives by the campus
president as to the time, place and manner thereof. All directives
issued by a campus president pursuant to this section shall be available
to the public at places designated pursuant to Section 42354. Distribution
of written or printed matter in violation of established campus
directives regarding time, place, and manner is prohibited.
Section 42354 states:
Notice shall be posted at or near the principal entrances
of each campus calling attention to the existence of regulations
relating to soliciting handbills and circulars, and to public meetings,
performances, rallies and similar public events, citing by the number
of sections in this Article, and designating the places where copies
thereof and of directives issued by the campus president pursuant
thereto may be examined.
If issued without charge, any lawful handbill or circular may be
distributed by any person subject to the following regulations:
- Time: Any time
- Place: In any unreserved exterior location, except the parking
lots, building courtyards and patios, and at least 25 feet distant
from the entrance of any building.
- Manner: In a manner which does not interfere with normal pedestrian
and vehicular traffic, and with special consideration for the
mobility problems of handicapped persons; without interfering
with the instructional program; without the use of voice amplification
equipment; and subject to the premises being left in the same
condition in which they are found. Handbills, circulars or other
announcements shall not be inserted into copies of the Daily Titan
awaiting distribution unless the Daily Titan has been paid the
advertising cost of such insertions; nor shall they under any
circumstances be placed on parked vehicles.
In those involving students or student organizations, the Presidents
designee is the Vice President for Student Services or the Vice
Presidents designee. In all other cases, the Presidents
designee is the Vice President for Administration.
The University administration wishes to assist student, staff and
faculty organizations in publicizing events on campus, asking only
that the best possible use be made of available space so as to avoid
unsightly and/or damaging displays. The following has been adopted
to assure us of success of these regards:
A. Organizations that are officially recognized* by the University
are permitted to post on campus as follows:
For posters, the areas are:
- On any of the many open boards or kiosks located on the grounds
and in the buildings.
- On wooden stakes in campus landscaped areas except those with
- On department bulletin boards with the prior permission of the
- On easels placed in the lobby of the lobby of the Performing
Arts Center if the sign announces activities sponsored by one
or more of the School of the Arts departments.
- On easels in the central quad and around the Commons provided
that these signs are set up in connection with a table for selling
tickets, disseminating information, etc. When such tables are
removed, the signs must also be removed.
For banners, the areas are:
- On the hooks provided in the ceiling of the 1st-floor (north
end) center corridor of the Letters and Science Building, to be
hung as 20 by 132 suspended signs.
- On the railing of the walkway bordering the north-end entrance
to the Letters and Science Buildings center corridor, to
be hung as large anchored banners.
- On either railing of the bridge connecting the Letters and Science
Building and the Performing Arts Center, and to be hung as large
- On the quad-facing railings of the building balconies (see addition
below), to be hung as large anchored banners:
- In the glass area above the south doors to the Physical Education
Building (reserved for the announcement of intercollegiate athletic
The posting of posters or the hanging of banners on other surfaces
or in other locations is prohibited. Prohibited areas include, but
are not limited to:
- Any exterior wall, window or door.
- Except as provided in 5 above, any interior wall, window or
door except those in private offices.
- Any tree or plant.
- Any light standard, utility pole or overhead support column.
- Any sidewalk.
- Except as provided in 2, 3, and 4 (relating to banners) above,
on any railing.
Certain special regulations pertain to the use of banners. Large
banners (as distinguished from standard-sized posters) may be hung
as suspended designs from the railings of any quad-facing building
balcony so long as:
- The banner is affixed to and does not extend beyond a wooden
frame, to be provided by the University.
- The frame is limited to the size of the railing and is safely
attached either to the railing or adjacent building surface in
the manner prescribed by the University Activities Center.
- The lettering on the banner is done with a non-water soluable
- The banner legibly identifies its sponsor and/or source.*
- The banner is used to publicize a scheduled event on or off
campus and allowed to hang for no more than ten days.
- The banners content is that which is legally allowable.
B. Organizations that are not officially recognized, including
those that are nonprofit or commercial in nature, are permitted
to post on campus as follows:
On any of the opening boards or kiosks located in the central quad,
provided the material first has been stamped in the Office of Public
C. Materials not posted in accordance with the above will be removed
by the custodial staff except that removal from open boards or kiosks
shall be the responsibility of the university Activities Center.
Anyone may remove expired items to make room for new material.
D. Persons availing themselves of the privileges herein stated
shall be expected to observe the regulations in this and other University
policies as well as related law. Failure to comply with this requirement
may result in a loss of posting privileges.
E. Implementation of this policy shall be the responsibility of
the Vice President for Student Services and Vice President for Academic
Affairs, and/or their designated representatives in consultation
when necessary with other appropriate University authorities.
NOTE: Although not a portion of the policy as published, it is
to be understood that the custodial staff is merely responsible
for the removal of any item on a building surface where there is
no bulletin board (except for office walls and doors); the monitoring
of all other matters remains as an assignment for the University
Date: July 9, 1984
Acknowledged by: Jewel Plummer Cobb, President California State