»7. Events with Potential for Demonstrations and Protests

When holding and preparing events that have the potential for demonstrations or protests, reference this page in order to create a safe event and/or program.  Consult with your advisor and Public Safety when your speaker and/or event may incite strong audience reactions.

 A program or event can lead to demonstrations or protests when the subject matter or a presenter produces a significant emotionally charged response and opposition. The topic may relate to politics, race/ ethnicity, religion, or many other subjects.

Guidelines when preparing a program or event with potential for demonstrations or protests:

  • Have a joint meeting with the sponsoring department or organization and Public Safety

    • Research as much information as possible about the performer, speaker etc. for Public Safety to review and adequately prepare for the event.

    • Continue communication with Public Safety up to the day of the event.

  • Reference How to Express Your Message if You Disagree to give the opportunity for audience members to appropriately protest and disagree.

  • Reference all applicable Chapman University policies - review the Student Conduct Code and utilize other useful departments, such as the Office of Student Conduct or Human Resources.

  • Publicity should include all relevant information about the controversial nature of the program and/or event.

  • The responsibilities and expectations of the sponsor, guest and university officials should be announced and introduced at the beginning of the program.

  • Report to Public Safety any behavior that is disruptive, unsafe and/or obstructs the audience and/or speaker.

Lawful and peaceful demonstration as an expression of favor or dissent will be permitted and protected. On the other hand, the university will not tolerate disruption.

 Guidelines when preparing campus demonstrations:

  • Recognized student organizations, or other university groups authorized by the Dean of Students, may hold a demonstration on campus.

  • Reservations for outdoor space or other venues to conduct the campus demonstrations are made using 25Live (See Section 4, Scheduling).

  • For acceptable methods of demonstration reference How to Express Your Message if You Disagree.

  • It is highly recommended that sponsoring organization representatives attend a meeting with the Dean of Students and/or Director of Student & Campus Life and a representative of Public Safety before the demonstration is scheduled to take place.

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Contact

Craig Lee
Public Safety Lieutenant
cwlee@chapman.edu
(714) 997-6763