Peaceful Demonstrations, Protests and Expressions of Dissent

Emmanuel College has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence and intellectual inquiry, values-based education and a strong community. Consistent with the Statement of Community Standards, found in the Student Handbook, "We expect each member of the community to take responsibility for building and improving the quality of our community life and when necessary will communicate with those in a position to make changes." Communication is expected to be civil and free from disparagement, intimidation, harassment and violence of any kind. All Emmanuel students may participate in peaceful demonstrations, protests and expressions of dissent where such gatherings will not interfere with the legitimate educational or institutional processes of the College or obstruct physical movement to, from, or within any place on the campus, including Emmanuel property located off the main campus. While the campus is open to the free exchange of ideas, the College may limit the time, place, and manner of demonstration. Such restrictions shall be applied without discrimination toward the content of the view being expressed by the speaker as long as the expression is not indecent, grossly obscene or grossly offensive on matters including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

All student demonstrations must be registered two business days in advance with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (334 Administration) and may be organized and led only by members of the Emmanuel community. In the unlikely event that the protest is time-dependent and needs to be scheduled sooner than 2 business days in advance, students may request an expedited registration by contacting the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee available after business hours via Campus

Students directly involved in or observing of any campus demonstrations must maintain responsibility for their academic requirements including but not limited to class attendance, examinations, papers and/or oral presentations and class projects.

All Emmanuel students are expected to conduct dialogues with dignity and courtesy. In the interest of safety and the maintenance of routine educational and institutional activities, demonstrations and expression of dissent on Emmanuel property shall not:

  1. Endanger the safety of any person on the Emmanuel campus.
  2. Result in the defacement or destruction of property owned or leased by Emmanuel
  3. Deny or infringe upon the rights or result in harassment of other students, faculty, staff, or guests of the Emmanuel community.
  4. Disrupt or interfere (by volume, number of participants or banners, placards, leaflets or other types of written message) with College activities including but not limited to teaching, research, administration, resident students right to sleep and study, campus services, discipline, organized and/or sponsored events, and operation and maintenance of any property owned or controlled by Emmanuel.
  5. Obstruct pedestrian movement or vehicular traffic on the campus or Emmanuel property owned or leased off campus.
  6. Deny or obstruct use of offices or any facilities used by students, faculty, staff or guests.

Any violation of this policy will be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be actionable to sanctions imposed in accordance with the judicial procedures of Emmanuel College which can be found on the College website. Please refer to the Student Demonstrations Registration Form below.

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