Demonstrations & Peaceful Assembly

The purpose of this policy to inform members of the University community and the public of the manner in which they may engage in constitutionally protected speech, expression and assembly at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. 

Time, Place & Manner Requirements

Expression may be limited or restricted with respect to time, place or manner. These limitations shall be customized (i.e. to ensure the protection of public order, to avoid scheduling two events at the same time, to avoid disruption of functions of the University including its teaching, research, administration, or disciplinary proceedings, public-service functions or other authorized University activity) to assure compliance with local, state and federal laws. Limitations shall be reasonable and applied without regard to the content of the expression or the purpose of the assembly, except for expression that is not protected by the First Amendment.

The SWOSU campus is a Nonpublic Forum unless otherwise designated. Limited Public Forum locations at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford Campus) include the Bulldog Beanery, the lobby of the Student Center, and the area surrounding the clock tower located between the Library and the Student Center. Outside speakers must be sponsored by the University or a recognized University organization. The request should be made no less than three days prior to the event, but as far in advance as possible. Students may obtain a rental/reservation form from the Dean of Students. Non-students may obtain a rental/reservation form from the appropriate venue coordinator: director of Auxiliary Services, Director of the Business Enterprise Center, or the director of the Pioneer Cellular Event Center.

In general, requests shall contain the name of the requestor or recognized campus organization, how s/he may be contacted; the proposed date and time for the activity; the expected size of the audience; and any other information that might be necessary to accommodate the needs of the activity.

The carrying of torches or open flames, wearing helmets, carrying shields or bats, and wearing masks is prohibited, per Oklahoma statute (21 O.S. 1301).  http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=69810. Sound amplification equipment is also prohibited

The University shall assume initial responsibility for maintaining order by using the SWOSU Campus Police, recognizing that City, County and State enforcement bodies are available. The University retains the right to protect the safety of individuals, campus property and the continuity of the educational process.

Chalking & Signage

The practice of using sidewalk chalk, or similar product, for announcements and the placing of temporary signage on campus property is limited to recognized University organizations. It is the responsibility of the recognized University organization to remove the signage after one week.