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The Lowdown
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I. USA Affiliated Groups

  1. University of South Alabama student organizations, departments or other affiliates of the university are permitted to engage in solicitation activities such as fundraisers, information distribution and organizational promotion on campus. Such events require advanced registration with the designated facility representative. Use of space for the selling of goods and/or services that is in close proximity to and in direct competition with exclusive university vendors such as the University Bookstore, Dining Services or any other entity that have an exclusive contract with USA is prohibited.
  2. Each event must follow the rules and regulations of the University and the laws of the State of Alabama or other governing body. Solicitation privileges may be revoked for violation of rules and/or regulations, or for conduct which may be characterized as offensive or harassing.
  3. Solicitation in the Student Center- The USA Student Center requires any organization requesting space to contact South Paw Services (460-6077) to make a reservation.  Designated spaces are limited and restricted to the use of that space only. All organizations using designated solicitation space must adhere to all reservation policies of the student center.
  4. Door to door solicitation is not allowed.

II. Non-USA groups

  1. Non-University groups, individuals or businesses are not permitted to solicit or distribute information in University buildings or on the grounds except at designated places during designated times such as Jag Blast and Jag Fest.  Please contact the Office of New Student Orientation at 460-7093 for more information about designated times.
  2. Any business, company or service attempting to recruit for student employment must obtain approval from USA Career Services (460-6188) to reserve vendor space.
  3. Door to door solicitation is not allowed.

III. Speakers and Demonstrations

  1. USA reserves the right to require that speakers, scheduled and unscheduled, sponsored and unsponsored, use the areas around the Student Center in order to avoid disruption of the normal function of the University and to assure the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Demonstrations, speeches, and debates will be held around the Student Center unless the Vice President for Student Affairs is able to coordinate another appropriate campus location no less than three working days prior to the event. Authorization for any speech or demonstration beyond the Student Center will require identification of the individual or organization involved and agreement to abide by these regulations, which will not be unreasonably withheld.
  2. No musical instrument or sound amplification equipment of any kind, including stereo turntables, stationary or mobile public address systems are allowed on concourse, streets, or in areas adjacent to academic buildings or around the Student Center unless otherwise allowed by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean in charge of the academic building, or a person designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

IV. Other policies

  1. All USA and non-USA groups wishing to post flyers must follow the USA posting policy as stated in The Lowdown, available online at either http://www.southalabama.edu/lowdown/ or http://www.southalabama.edu/studentcenter/postingpolicy.html
  2. Solicitation by placing flyers on vehicles by USA or non- USA groups is strictly prohibited.

Student Center Poster Policy

Recognized and registered student organizations, academic and administrative
departments, non-USA affiliated groups, and individuals:
May have two flyers posed in the Student Center per unique event. One may be placed on the appropriate board located on the first floor and the other may be placed in the gameroom. Student groups with large memberships may request their own space from the SC Director.

Poster Policy - Approval for all flyers, posters, and banners is done at the Student Center Information Desk (exceptions: to advertise in the Residence Halls, approval is needed from the Associate Director of Housing; to advertise in the Recreation Center, approval is needed from the Recreation Center Director; groups or departments do not need approval for posting on their own boards). All approved posters must bear an original stamped approval from the Student Center except for the above noted exceptions. Any member of the University community may remove materials which are improperly posted.

Posters announcing meetings, programs, and special events sponsored by registered University student organizations, Student Services, or Academic Departments are allowed in all University buildings in properly designated areas. Non-USA groups may receive flyer approval on a limited basis. A complete copy of both the University of South Alabama and the Student Center Poster Policy may be obtained from the office of the Director of the Student Center or the Information Desk.

Hand Bills and Petitions - The distribution of handbills and petitions on campus must be registered in Southpaw Services and permission must be given by the Vice President for Student Affairs or his or her designee. Handbills and petitions must be sponsored by a registered University organization or by the Student Center.

Banners may be hung from 2nd floor lobby rail by approved student organizations only. All supplies are available at no charge in the SGA Office (room 280 of the SC). Banners may not exceed 3 feet in width and 10 feet in length. Banners exceeding these dimensions will be taken down by SC staff and turned over to the SGA secretary.

Groups wishing to hang banners in other locations must obtain permission from the Director of the Student Center or the Student Center Reservations.

Space and Facilities
The University of South Alabama recognizes and supports the rights of students, employees, and visitors to speak in public and to demonstrate in a lawful manner in designated areas of the campus and at designated times. The primary missions of the University are to provide teaching, research, community service, and health care through on-going instructional programs, sponsored and conducted by a member of the faculty or department of the college or university, or an organization registered with the Office
of Campus Involvement. The University, therefore, reserves the right to designate the time, place, and manner by which its space, whether interior or exterior, is used.

  1. Time, Place, and Manner Procedures
    1. Interior
      1. All non-academic events or those not directly affiliated with a college or university activity to be held inside University facilities must be scheduled in the Office of the Dean or Vice President in charge of that building. The contacts for each building are as follows:
        Alumni Hall, Director, Alumni Relations, AH
        Brookley Center, Director, Brookley Center, BC
        Engineering Buildings, Dean, Engineering, EGCB 108
        Administration Building, President's Office, AD 122
        Gym/Physical Education, Chair, HPELS - HPELS 1011
        Housing Complex, Director of Housing, Delta Offices
        Humanities, Dean, A&S, HUMB 118
        ILB-Instructional Laboratory Building, Dean, A&S, HUMB 118
        Laidlaw Performing Arts Building, Dean, A&S, HUMB 118
        Life Sciences, Dean, A&S, HUMB 118
        Mitchell Center, Director, Mitchell Center, MC 2195
        Mitchell College of Business, Dean, Business, MCOB 106
        Multipurpose Room/Cafeteria, Director, Student Center, SC 132
        Seaman's Bethel Theatre, V.P. for Academic Affairs, AD 300
        Student Center, Director, Student Center, SC 132
        Student Recreation Center, Director, Campus Rec, SRC
        Swimming Pool, Director, Campus Rec. SRC
        University Commons, Dean, Education, UCOM 3600
        Visual Arts Building, Dean, A&S, HUMB 118
      2. Any procedures, deposits, forms, etc., that are required by the building requested must be completed five working days prior to the event. The event must be listed on the University Calendar through the Public Relations Office, as well as, with the Southpaw Services Office in the Student Center. Only University sponsored events may be advertised without charge in University publications.
    2. Exterior
      1. USA reserves the right to require that speakers, scheduled and unscheduled, sponsored and unsponsored, use the areas around the Student Center in order to avoid disruption of the normal function of the University and to assure the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Demonstrations, speeches, and debates will be held around the Student Center unless the Vice President for Student Affairs is able to coordinate another appropriate campus location no less than three working days prior to the event. Authorization for any speech or demonstration beyond the Student Center will require identification of the individual or organization involved and agreement to abide by these regulations, which will not be unreasonably withheld.
      2. No musical instrument or sound amplification equipment of any kind, including stereo turntables, stationary or mobile public address systems are allowed on concourse, streets, or in areas adjacent to academic buildings or around the Student Center unless otherwise allowed by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean in charge of the academic building, or a person designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  2. Enforcement and Appeal
    These regulations shall be administered and enforced by the Vice President for Student Affairs or other University officials as designated. Visitors to the campus and all others violating these regulations regarding time, place, manner of speeches and demonstrations will be subject to immediate eviction or removal from campus by appropriate University agents or officials and may be subject to legal or university disciplinary action. Individual students in violation of these regulations will be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct. Persons, agencies or organizations wishing to appeal a decision based upon these regulations may file a written appeal with the Vice President for Student Affairs within three working days of the decision. The decision of the Vice President for Student Affairs regarding the appeal will be rendered within three working days of receipt of the appeal, and is final. Nothing in this policy is intended, nor should it be understood, as an endorsement or approval by the University of South Alabama of any speech or demonstration, on campus beyond rights existing under federal law, stare law or university regulations.

Speakers
The Board of Trustees expects the President and the Administration to preserve order on the campus and to provide the orderly function of the University process. In the event the President, in the exercise of the discretion which the trustees have given him or her, considers that the presence of a speaker or function constitutes a danger to the lives or property of members of the academic community or the public on University grounds, or if such presence is apt to interfere with the discipline or the orderly operation of the University’s processes, then the President shall prohibit the event.

 
     
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