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 Civil Disturbance or Demonstration 

 

SPOTLIGHT


Most campus demonstrations such as marches, meetings, picketing and rallies will be peaceful and non-obstructive. Facilities utilized for campus demonstrations must be reserved in accordance with applicable university policies and procedures. If any of the conditions stated below exist, University Police should be notified and will be responsible for contacting and informing the Administrative Duty Officer.

The following conduct will not be permitted:
1. INTERFERENCE with the normal operations of the University.
2. PREVENTION of access to, or egress from, offices, buildings or other University facilities including the use of facilities which have been reserved according to the University’s normal room or space scheduling system.
3. THREAT of physical harm to persons or damage to University facilities.


Depending on the nature of the demonstration, the appropriate procedures listed below should be followed:

1. PEACEFUL, NON-OBSTRUCTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
A. Generally, demonstrations of this kind should not be interrupted. Demonstrators should not be obstructed or provoked and efforts should be made to conduct university business as normally as possible.
B. If demonstrators are asked to leave but refuse to leave by regular facility closing time:
     1) Arrangements will be made by the Slippery Rock University Chief of Police
         to monitor the situation during non-business hours, or

     2) Determination will be made to treat the violation of regular closing hours 
         as a disruptive demonstration. (See Next Section, Non-Violent Disruptive
         Demonstrations)

2. NON-VIOLENT DISRUPTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
A. In the event that a demonstration blocks access to university facilities or interferes with the operation of the University:
     1) Consideration will be given to video taping the demonstration. 
         Demonstrators may be asked by the President or his/her designee to
         terminate the disruptive activity. (See recommended script for the directive
         located at the end of section 6.)
     2) The University Police will be informed that the demonstrators were
         directed to terminate the disruptive activity.
     3) If the demonstrators persist in the disruptive activity they will be apprised 
         that failure to discontinue the specified action within a specified length of 
         time may result in disciplinary action or arrest including suspension,
         expulsion or possible intervention by civil authorities.
     4) Efforts should be made to secure positive identification of demonstrators in
         violation to facilitate later testimony, including videotape and photographs 
         if deemed advisable.
     5) After consultation with the President or designee, the Chief of University 
         Police, will take appropriate action.
     6) If determination is made to seek the intervention of civil authorities, the
         demonstrators should be so informed. Upon arrival of the Police
         Department, the remaining demonstrators will be warned of the intention
         of arrest.

3. VIOLENT, DISRUPTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
A. In the event that a violent demonstration in which injury to persons or property occurs or appears imminent, the President and Vice President of Student Life will be notified immediately.
During Business Hours
   1) Slippery Rock University Police will contact the President and Vice President
       of Student Life or designee.
   2) The Vice President for Student Life or designee will advise other appropriate
       officials.
If appropriate, a university photographer(s) will be contacted and/or video taping equipment obtained and used and/or surveillance
After Business Hours
   1) University Police should be notified immediately of the disturbance.
   2) University Police will investigate the disruption and notify the Chief of
       University Police and the Administrative Duty Officer. 

Note:                                                                                                          
The Slippery Rock University Police Chief or designee reserves the right to call for police assistance without counsel from others if it is deemed to be of paramount importance to the safety of persons involved.