President's Directive No. 5
University Policy Regarding Public Meetings, Performances, Rallies,
or Similar Public Events 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 Code of Regulations.
Except as provided in this directive, it is unlawful for any person,
group or organization to present, perform or participate in any
public meeting, performance, rally or similar public event except
as authorized by the president or his/her designee and subject to
conditions and requirements as attached.
Sections 42353 and 42354 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations
state as follows in pertinent part:
The President of the campus may permit the use of campus
buildings and grounds for public meetings, performances, rallies
and similar events held in accordance with reasonable directives
issued by the respective campus president as to the time, place
and manner thereof. Any such event occurring on campus in violation
of established campus directives regarding time, place and manner
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
the sections in this Article and designation the places where copies
thereof and of directive issued by the campus president pursuant
thereto may be examined.
A. Public meetings, performances, rallies, and similar events may
be held by students and faculty in accordance with procedures approved
by the President.
B. Public meetings, performances, rallies similar public events
may be held by non-students or non-faculty only with written permission
of the President or the Presidents designee.
C. Fund-raising activities may occur in accordance with provisions
of the campus Facility Use Manual.
D. Public meetings, performances, rallies and similar public events
must not disrupt the educational process.
Time, Place, Manner:
Such events may be held in accordance with scheduling procedures
approved by the President or the Presidents designee. These
procedures include but are not limited to the following regulations:
- Rallies, public meetings and performances held in the central
quad, which require amplification may use only the sound system
and technician provided by the University center.
- Musical performances in the central quad, which require amplification,
may occur only between 12 and 1 p.m.
- In no case shall any activity occur if it disrupts the educational
- Space for any meeting, rally or other public event held in an
exterior location must be scheduled through the Office of Student
Life or, in the case of physical education, athletics and recreation
facilities, through the campus Sports/Physical Performance Complex
and in accordance with policies and procedures governing use of
those facilities. Student groups wishing to schedule a meeting,
rally or other public event indoors must also schedule through
the Office of Student Life
- Speakers are not to be subjected to harassment, nor is the right
of all to hear the speaker to be infringed.
- All students, and faculty and staff on their own time, are free
to participate in demonstration as long as the activity, in the
opinion of the President or the Presidents designee, does
not disrupt ordinary foot and/or vehicle traffic, or otherwise
interfere with the operations of offices and/or the conduct of
classes, and as long as it does not occur in places other than
those in which University business is not normally conducted (such
as an exterior location or the lobby of a building). Demonstrations
may not be conducted in classrooms, offices or reception areas.
In those case involving students or student organizations, the
Presidents designee shall be the Vice President for Student
Affairs or the Vice Presidents designee. In those cases involving
faculty or faculty organizations, staff, non-students, the Presidents
designee shall be the Vice President for Administration or the Vice
Presidents designee[i1] .
Approved : January 1971
Revised and Reissued: April 1980
Revised and Reissued: December 17, 1990
Revised and Reissued: February 1994
Acknowledged by: Milton A. Gordon, President California State University,