Use of Facilities
- Bulletin Boards and Postings
- Campus Activities
- Political, Social, and Commercial Activities
Bulletin Boards and Postings
The College recognizes the right of members of the College community to express opinions freely and to communicate information about upcoming events which may be of interest. Traditionally, posting of signs or announcements has been one mode of communication or expression. It is recognized that those posting materials should do so responsibly. Posting responsibility includes the use of appropriate designated areas.
Any College organization, College group, or member of the College community may post items in designated areas if the following guidelines are followed:
- The College shall designate appropriate bulletin boards or posting areas in each of the buildings on campus.
- All postings announcing events, meetings, work-shops, etc., must include the name and contact information for the organization and shall be removed by the College organization, College group, or member of the College community within 24 hours after the activity. A statement concerning accommodations for people with physical handicaps should be included on the posting with a contact.
- Items posted outside of the designated areas may be removed by an authorized College representative.
- The College organization, College group, and/or member of the College community posting items outside of designated areas or defacing College property will be subject to disciplinary or administrative action by the College, including costs for removal and restoration of the area, unless they have gained prior approval from the Dean of Students..
- Any unauthorized individual(s) removing, defacing, or otherwise tampering with posted items in designated areas may be subject to disciplinary or administrative action by the College.
- Members of the College community who believe that items are posted contrary to this policy should not remove or otherwise interfere with the item, but should report their concern to the Dean of Students.
- All organizations not affiliated with the college community shall post promotional materials in appropriately identified locations. The promotional materials must clearly state the name of the sponsoring organization as well as a telephone number if further information is desired. Use of the name “Keene State College” or the College’s logo must be approved by Marketing and Communications prior to posting. If alcohol is to be present at any event, it cannot be published on the promotional materials as such. “Refreshments will be served & proper ID is required” is acceptable.
- Students/organizations seeking to have materials (flyers, advertisements, etc.) posted in the residence halls must get approval from the Residential Life Office.
Recognized student organizations may sponsor student activities. A student organization sponsoring an event should reserve the facility for the event with the Scheduling Office at least seven working days prior to the function (For event planning information, refer to the Student Organization Handbook). An event scheduling form must be completed and co-signed by the organization’s advisor. Any special requirements for the event should be noted on this form.
If the on-campus event being sponsored involves the consumption of alcohol, an alcohol form must be obtained from the Scheduling Office at least four weeks prior to the event. (For residence hall functions, refer to Residence Hall Policies section. Also see Political, Social, and Commercial Activities section below.)
The Student Center, in conjunction with the Department of Campus Safety, will determine those functions at which security is required. Campus Safety will facilitate employing police officers for the organization, the cost may be charged to the sponsoring organization.
All College policies are in effect regardless of the location of the event(s), whether on campus or off campus. The privilege of College recognition for a student group carries with it the requirement to comply with College policy, state, and federal laws anywhere an event is being held as long as the event is sponsored by an organization with College recognition.
Contracts for Student Activities
All contracts solicited by any student organizations, whether they include a professional fee or not, must be submitted at least seven days in advance for the approval of the Student Center and the signature of the Business Administrator. No other persons are authorized to sign contracts. This is for the protection of students, performers, and the College.
Questions about planning activities and programs should be directed to the Coordinator of Student Activities at 358-2664.
Fund-raising projects are those activities undertaken by any recognized student organization to raise money to support its own activities or those of its members. The sale of newspaper and program advertising is specifically excluded from these guidelines.
- Tax-free status of student organizations officially recognized by Keene State College is conferred upon those groups by virtue of their official tie to the College. They therefore use Keene State College’s IRS tax exemption designation in substantiating their tax-free status, which can be obtained from the Office of Development at 358-2372.
- In order to protect both the College and the student organizations themselves, the latter must seek institutional approval of their fund-raising projects by filling out a Fund-Raising Form before undertaking to raise money.
The Student Center will have authority to review, approve, monitor, and when necessary, place restrictions on all fund-raising activities of student organizations.
- Student groups will submit for approval the required “Fund-Raising Request Form,” available from the Student Center.
Political, Social, and Commercial Activities
Free speech, solicitation, and distribution of literature in public areas of campus
Students and non-students shall be permitted to engage in free speech activities, solicit for contributions, and distribute literature at designated spaces on the Student Center Lawn and inside the Student Center Atrium on a space available basis provided that:
- Any such activity as defined above is scheduled in advance through the Scheduling Office and in compliance with all of its policies.
- Free speech, solicitation, and distribution of literature activities shall be passive in nature and conducted between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Passersby shall not be approached and pedestrian traffic shall not be disrupted in any way.
- Areas on campus not open to the activities described above shall include, but not be limited to, classroom and laboratory buildings, libraries, conference rooms, the residence halls, the gymnasium, and faculty, staff, or student offices.
- In order to allow for student organization priority use of the space, any non-KSC organization or private individual is permitted one space per day, but is limited to two days per month for the distribution of literature, solicitation of donations and free speech activities. All individuals and organizations engaging in commercial activities must pay designated rental fees when using a campus facility.
- Free speech, solicitation, and distribution of literature shall not be permitted if it is determined that they threaten public safety or public property, or if they disrupt or threaten to disrupt vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic, or any educational, administrative or outreach activity.
Keene State College welcomes opportunities to bring candidates and elected representatives to our campus, and to provide forums for discussing political issues. In order to provide appropriate levels of support to these events, the following procedure will be followed:
- All requests for a political party affiliated event (candidate visits, forums on political issues, etc.) will be directed to the Marketing and Communications Office.
- The Marketing and Communications Office will determine appropriate and available venues for the event, and coordinate the event with the appropriate on and off-campus offices (facility director, Physical Plant, Campus Safety, Keene Police, etc.).
- The Director of Marketing and Communications and/or facility director may impose other policies as needed to ensure that all candidates / political events are treated equitably to protect the integrity and resources of Keene State College.
- Costs over and above customary costs of standard and usual set-up must be borne by the organization scheduling the event.
Student Center, tables
Recognized student organizations shall be permitted to use one table on the first floor of the L. P. Young Student Center for the sale of goods or distribution of literature, provided that the table is available and is reserved in advance through the Scheduling Office.
Student Center, Conference and meeting rooms
These rooms must be scheduled in accordance with guidelines established by the Scheduling Office. Any use of the L. P. Young Student Center rooms for commercial purposes shall be done in accordance with Commercial Activities on Campus.
Commercial activities on campus
The College shall permit, within the guidelines set forth in this policy, commercial activities on the campus that, in the judgment of the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee, will not disrupt or negatively impact the academic environment and the safety and security of the campus community, and that are in keeping with the stated goals and mission of the College.
- Commercial activities are passive in nature and conducted between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- The space to be used is properly reserved through the Scheduling Office.
- Upon request, a summary of all sales, contracts, and moneys collected would be filed with the Scheduling Office.
- Upon request, the vendor shall submit proof of authority to conduct business in the State of New Hampshire.
The conduct of any commercial activities outside of the L. P. Young Student Center for the profit of any person or business is not permitted on the campus, with the following conditions and exceptions: The sale of merchandise and other items shall be permitted, provided that all materials offered for sale is directly related to a person or group performing and has been approved by contract.
Nothing in this policy shall prohibit a person or business engaged in commercial activities from:
- Advertising in student and local newspapers (all advertisements must be in good taste and in keeping with College policies, standards and mission.)
- Posting of information must comply with posting policies.
Student Center Commercial Activities (vendors)
Vendors in the Student Center are subject to all regulations that apply to “commercial activities” as well as the following:
- Commercial activities are passive in nature (e.g. remain at vendor table/location and allow patrons to approach you).
- There is a daily vendor fee. Payment is due prior to the event to guarantee the space. Payment is not refundable within ten days of the event. Keene State College is not responsible for returned checks due to insufficient funds.
- Vendors can schedule two days per month for vendor space. The hours for use of vendor space are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., which includes set-up and breakdown time. Vendor space will be assigned by the Student Center. Vendors soliciting applications for credit cards will be permitted only during a one-day credit card fair each semester (dates to be determined by the Scheduling Office).
- The vendor space will provide one medium-size table and one chair. Absolutely no taping, gluing, tacking, or hanging any items from the walls or ceiling for vendor advertising is permitted without prior approval. All advertising must be limited to the immediate area of the table.
- The Scheduling Office will send the vendor a con-firmed copy of the scheduling form. Vendors must bring their copy of the scheduling form with them on the day(s) of the event.
- Vendors must report to the Information Desk in the Student Center on the day(s) of the event. The vendor will provide a confirmed copy of the scheduling form in order to receive a parking permit from Campus Safety.
- All sales must be in accordance with applicable laws. When necessary, permits must be obtained from city and state agencies.
- Scheduling of most KSC facilities is done through the Scheduling Office in the Student Center. To schedule the Arts Center facilities (358-2167) or Spaulding Gymnasium, (358-2789) call the offices at the respective facility. For other facilities on campus call the Scheduling Office, 358-2323.
- All on-campus and off-campus organizations wishing to schedule a facility at KSC must complete a Scheduling Form and additional forms when appropriate.
- All organizations requesting facilities for activities are required to complete a scheduling form at least 7 days in advance. REMINDER - Campus organizations will need a signature(s) from their advisor on the Scheduling and Alcohol Function Agreement Form(s). The Scheduling Office will process the scheduling form and provide confirmation to the person requesting the use of a facility before the event. All organizations must carry the confirmation copy to the event.
- Requesters are not authorized to publicize details of the proposed event until receiving a confirming copy of the scheduling form.
- Changes or cancellations must be given to the Scheduling Office immediately. Continued failure to formally cancel the request may result in revocation of scheduling privileges.
- Charges: Although some organizations will not be charged for the facility, they may be liable for any of the following fees which may be necessary as determined by the College (e.g., police, campus security, maintenance overtime, technical support, building monitors, repairs for damages, and cleaning fees.) All fees charged for an event must be received prior to the event or the event will be subject to cancellation.
In accordance with USNH Board of Trustees policy, the basic guidelines for the College Speakers Policy are the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. This policy resulted in their being the first recipient of the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) prestigious Alexander Meiklejohn award for the defense of academic freedom in 1958. The rights of freedom of speech and peaceable assembly are fully protected.
Any College organization or College group may invite any speaker it desires; however, the following procedures will provide effective advanced information to the College to avoid scheduling conflicts and to assure notification about special requirements.
- Event and facility use must comply with campus scheduling policies and procedures.
- No organization or group may preclude the right of reply through disallowing questions or comments following the speech. Methods of which may be determined by the College.
The College organization or group must clearly state in the invitation and in its attendant publicity that the speaker is a guest of the sponsoring group.
- The Vice President for Student Affairs or designee shall specify conditions prerequisite for maintaining order at campus meetings which shall be applicable to all College organizations and groups. The groups. The College may, with in may, with in the reasonable interpretation of the mission of the College, limit the time, place, and manner of the presentation.
- The College group or organization assumes the responsibility for maintaining order and for injuries and/ or damages which occur in the event of disorder.
- Any individual, College organization, or College group, which has reason to believe that, under this policy, they have experienced discrimination as protected under law or other College policy, shall have immediate access to the grievance procedures outlined in the Keene State College “Policy for Student Grievances Involving Discrimination or Sexual Harassment.” The grievance must be filed, in writing, in the Affirmative Action Office within 48 hours (two academic days) of the alleged discriminating act.??The grievance Hearing Board will convene within 72 hours (three academic days) of the receipt of the grievance, and shall render a decision to the Vice President for Student Affairs and the aggrieved party within five academic days of the hearing.