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Division of Student Development

Guidelines for Demonstrations

 Please read the following guidelines then follow the link for the Demonstration Form.

1. Guidelines for Personal Expression

Personal expression is here defined as any outward expression or assertion of one’s personal feelings, thoughts, or beliefs as through speech, conduct, or art.

As an academic institution that welcomes students and visitors from different perspectives, identities, cultures, and backgrounds, Loyola University Chicago does not regulate individual expression that is lawful and respectful. Students and their guests need not subscribe to or promote the beliefs and values of the University in order to engage in the free exchange of ideas that occurs regularly at Loyola, as such exchange is a hallmark of the intellectual vitality and social awareness of the student body.

The University expects, however, that those who enjoy the opportunity for open discourse also accept the responsibility for maintaining order and discipline. Accordingly, permissible personal expression does not include the following: unlawful activity; activity that threatens or endangers the safety of any member of the University community; destruction of property or obstruction of the normal operations of the University; or expression that is indecent, grossly obscene, or grossly offensive on matters such as race, age, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.


2. Guidelines for Demonstrations

Demonstration is here defined as any organized or impromptu gathering of two or more people (“a group”) that would reasonably be perceived by a passerby to be a display of the group’s feelings toward a person or a cause.

All students who are members of the University community have the right to peaceful demonstration (including, but not limited to, rallies, gatherings, protests, parades, and processions) on campus. However, disruptive demonstration, here defined as any demonstration that unreasonably interferes with the rights of others, is strictly prohibited.

In order to avoid any misunderstanding on the interpretation of what is a peaceful demonstration (permitted) and what is a disruptive demonstration (prohibited), the following non-exhaustive list of characteristics is provided.

A demonstration is disruptive which includes any activity that:
• Denies or unreasonably interferes with the rights of other students, faculty, or staff of the University, including the rights of others to demonstrate
• Occurs in a way that blocks entrances, exits, or passageways from or to any University building or vehicle traffic on or to the campus
• Violates any ordinance or law
• Creates a volume of noise that prevents members of the University community from carrying on their normal activities; the use of any amplified sound devices (e.g. horns, speakers) is strictly prohibited
• Places the health or safety of the University community at risk
• Employs force or violence or threatens force or violence against any persons or property
• Congregates or assembles in any University building or on University property in way that disrupts the University’s normal functions or results in damage to property
• Fails to observe established closing hours of buildings
• Fails to comply with any other University policy or any other lawful directive, including a directive to cease the demonstration

Disruptive demonstrations must be suspended or stopped immediately at the direction of the Dean of Students, Dean of Campus Life, Director of Campus Safety, or other University administrators. The University may also seek the assistance of civil authorities, such as the police, to disband unlawful demonstrations. Any student who participates in or assists in facilitating a disruptive demonstration may face disciplinary action, up to and including suspension.
In order to use the campus for the purpose of peaceful demonstration, students or groups who organize a demonstration must also comply with the following.



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Four Steps for Organizing a Peaceful Demonstration

a. Obtain Prior Approval

All demonstrations must receive prior University approval. Any unapproved demonstration will be stopped immediately by University officials (if participants do not comply with instructions to stop or disband, then the demonstration will be considered disorderly).

Approval must be requested by first submitting a “Demonstration and Fixed Exhibit Proposal” form, available through the OrgSync website (www.luc.edu/saga). Once the proposal is reviewed, the demonstration organizer(s) will be required to meet with an appropriate University representative to discuss the proposal. During this meeting expectations, rights, responsibilities, and logistical considerations will be discussed and must be mutually understood and accepted. This is a great time for organizers to ask questions and seek assistance from the University if needed.

All elements of the planned demonstration should be shared at the meeting, including any intended movements to other areas of campus. If organizers plan to use city sidewalks or streets, it will be the organizers’ responsibility to acquire proper permits, etc.

No demonstration may take place until a minimum of four business days have passed following this initial meeting. This minimum period ensures adequate time to coordinate with campus partners (such as
Campus Safety) and ensure that all measures have been taken to have a successful event. This four day period may be extended at the discretion of the University if additional logistical time is needed. Organizers should therefore plan accordingly and submit proposals as early as possible before the anticipated demonstration date.

b. Maintain Peace and Order

The responsibility of maintaining peace and order rests at all times with the individuals or groups who organized the demonstration. This includes the responsibility to explain to other organizational members, guests, or other demonstrators the implications for failing to comply the University’s expectations.

During a demonstration, the expression of viewpoints may invite or elicit a response from others, including counter-demonstrators or passersby. In all circumstances the right of others to personal expression must not be denied. Organizers should be aware that other demonstrations may also be approved that may include opposing views. Maintaining peace and order is especially important under these circumstances to support a rich campus environment that is accepting of divergent expression.

c. Welcome University Officials

When demonstrations are scheduled, organizers should expect University personnel (typically, Division of Student Development representatives and/or Campus Safety officers) to be present for all or part of the demonstration. This presence is often necessary to ensure organizers’ own rights are protected and the University’s regular operations and activities are not interrupted. The presence of University personnel should not be viewed as an effort to deter or otherwise interfere with properly approved demonstrations.

d. Responsibly Conclude the Demonstration

The length of any given demonstration may vary. Demonstrations will usually be permitted to continue until and unless University officials determine that University operations and/or the rights of others have been compromised.

At the conclusion of any demonstration, the organizers are expected to make a reasonable effort to return the grounds/area to the condition it was in before the demonstration. This includes properly disposing of all garbage. Any unanticipated and accidental property damage should be reported to University administrators immediately. Any property damage related to a demonstration (whether peaceful or disruptive) may result in the assessment of fees for cleaning, repairs, and replacement of property to the organization or individuals involved or both.


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