The purpose of this policy is to promote the free exchange of ideas and the safe and efficient operation of the College by:
- Maintaining an appropriate educational and work environment for all persons present on College property, including but not limited to students, faculty, employees, customers and visitors.
- Maintaining the personal security of all persons present on College property and protecting the property of the College and of persons present on College property.
- Fostering free speech, assembly and other expressive activities on College property by all persons.
The College also recognizes the need to protect its property, students, guests and employees, and its responsibility to ensure the effective operation of educational, business and related activities of the College.
Expressive activities on the College’s campus may be subject to reasonable regulation with regard to time, place and manner of the activities.
College employees will not consider the content of expressive activities when enforcing this policy.
This policy does not apply to use of College grounds for official events sponsored by the College.
Expressive activities carried out under this Policy shall not be considered to be speech made by, on behalf of or endorsed by the College.
Availability of Outdoor Spaces for Public Use
Any person or group may use, without prior notification, any publicly accessible outdoor area of the College’s Elyria and North Ridgeville campus except parking lots and driveways. Federal, state and local laws will be enforced as applicable. The use of walkways or other common areas may not block the free passage of others or impede the regular operation of the College. Use of the general access areas may include speaking, non-verbal expression, distributing literature, displaying signage and circulating petitions.
During work and class hours or if the area is currently in use for an official College event, amplification may be restricted if it unreasonably interferes with College operations or if noise ordinances are violated.
Any person or group whose use of an outdoor area is expected or reasonably likely to have more than 100 people must notify the College’s Security Office at 440-366-4053 at least four (4) business days before the day of the expressive activity, including information as to the specific location to be used for the event and the estimated expected number of persons, and the name and contact information of at least one person who can be contacted regarding logistics of the event, which shall include at least one person who will be personally present.
Prior notice is necessary to ensure that there is sufficient space for the large group event, that the large group event does not conflict with any other scheduled use of the outdoor space, and that sufficient resources are available for crowd control and security.
Reserving Space for Student Activities
In addition to the general right of access to outdoor areas of campus described in this Procedure, any student or student organization may seek to reserve the use of specific outdoor areas by contacting the Student Life office at 440-366-4036. Any request by a student or student organization to reserve such area or space shall be made at least two (2) business days prior to the event. A request will be granted unless it would conflict or interfere with a previously scheduled event or activity or violate this procedure. A student who has reserved a specific area or space under this procedure will have priority over any other persons seeking to use the area or space during the scheduled time period. Any decision denying a request shall be promptly communicated in writing to the requester and shall set forth the basis for the denial. The content of the anticipated speech or other expressive activity shall not form the basis for a denial.
The College provides outdoor kiosks for the purpose of posting materials in the public space. Because of limited space available, posted material may be no larger than 8 ½ x 11 inches and will be removed on the first and fifteenth of every month. Posted materials may not physically cover other materials previously posted on the kiosks.
- Any event or activity that disrupts the ability of the College to effectively and peacefully teach students, provide client services, or conduct any of its other business and support operations is prohibited. Any event or activity that violates Policy II-412 (Code of Conduct), or conflicts with Ohio Revise Code Section 3345.021 is prohibited. Examples include but are not limited to excessive noise, impeding vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and conduct otherwise unlawful.
- No activity may damage College property. Prohibited actions include but are not limited to driving stakes or poles into the ground, hammering nails into buildings, and attaching anything to sidewalks, paved areas, or any part of any building, structure or fixture.
- Distribution/solicitation by placing any material on vehicles in the parking lots is prohibited. Leaving trash, litter, materials or pollutants in any area is prohibited.
- Any event or activity where attendees remain overnight is generally prohibited. Groups seeking overnight accommodations must submit a request to the Vice President for Administrative Services seven (7) business days in advance of the activity in order to sufficiently prepare for any additional security or other needs. Overnight activity shall not include the use of camping equipment. Overnight is defined as the hours between 11 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., Monday through Friday; and from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.
For more information about the public use of outdoor spaces, please contact Jonathan Volpe, Vice President for Administrative Services, at email@example.com.