J32-100 Right of Expression Policies
JMU seeks to preserve students' privileges to take active roles in exercising their rights of expression, conscience, affiliation, and peaceful assembly. At the same time, the university also recognizes its responsibility to ensure the rights and freedom of those who want to pursue their educational interest without interference. The following procedures have been established to guarantee the orderly functioning of all rights while also providing for the safety and protection of members of the university community.
J32-101 All demonstrations or peaceful assemblies must be registered with the University Unions director or designee at least 48 hours in advance. Standard space reservation procedures must be followed for the use of any university space. Demonstrations or peaceful assemblies are generally defined as any public manifestation of welcome, approval, disapproval, protest, or conscience by a student or group of students. (Assemblies commonly associated with social or athletic events are not usually within the purview of this definition.)
J32-102 At the time of the registration, the student or groups of students will be advised by the University Unions director or designee of any guidelines that will be required for the demonstration or peaceful assembly. Guidelines may include the time, place, and duration of the demonstration or assembly and the maximum number of people who may participate. The decisions of the University Unions director regarding any demonstration or assembly guidelines may be appealed within 24 hours to the vice president for student affairs.
J32-103 Blocking or impeding vehicular or pedestrian traffic is prohibited.
J32-104 Blocking access to or from campus buildings or offices is prohibited.
J32-106 Observers may not interfere with participants of the demonstration or assembly in any way.
J32-107 Activities of participants or observers that disrupt or disturb classes, meetings or any other normal functions of the university are prohibited.
J32-108 All individuals participating in or observing a demonstration or peaceful assembly must comply with any request of the University Unions director, designee, or campus police.
J32-109 Bannering or picketing that interferes with the normal operations of the buildings will not be permitted.
J32-110 Any student who violates any part(s) of this policy will be referred by the University Unions director or campus police for university judicial action. A recognized organization that violates any part(s) of the policy may have penalties imposed upon it by the University Unions director.