All students, undergraduate and graduate, have a right to demonstrate on university premises. While university policies regarding demonstrations are content-neutral, the university necessarily reserves the right to limit, disallow or disband a demonstration which incites immediate, violent action or represents a clear and present danger to the campus community or if for any reason of time, place, or manner of behavior, the demonstration materially disrupts class work or other University business, involves substantial disorder, or invades of the rights of others.
- Demonstrators entering campus buildings for the purpose of conducting orderly and peaceful demonstrations may not enter or occupy rooms or offices; obstruct entry, exit, or restrict the free movement of persons; block hallways, doorways, stairs or exits of university facilities; materially interrupt or interfere with University business functions; or remain in buildings after close of normal hours of operation.
- For safety and security reasons, demonstrators are not allowed to enter residence halls; private offices; laboratories; research facilities; spaces where classes or private meetings are being held or immediately scheduled to be held; libraries; facilities or areas containing valuable or sensitive materials, collections, equipment, records protected by law or by existing University policy such as educational records, student-related or personnel-related records, or financial records; emergency facilities or any facilities housing communication systems, security, utilities, or other facilities or services vital to the business functions of the university.
- Demonstrators can engage in activities that are legal and do not violate other’s constitutional rights or harm property. Any demonstration that violates any university policy may be discontinued, either at the direction of the administrator (or his/her designee) of the university unit administratively responsible for the space in which the demonstration is occurring, or at the direction of the University of Massachusetts Police Department (UMPD). If a Dispersal Order is read by UMPD, demonstrators must comply with directions and leave the immediate area. Blocking entry to or free exit from buildings, impeding or obstructing the free movement of others, engaging in harassing behavior, or inciting immediate, violent action that represents a clear and present danger to the campus community is prohibited under the Code of Student Conduct. Information on the types of behaviors that are considered ‘inciting’ are found in the Guidelines for Acceptable Fan Behavior.