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Student Protest Policy

I. Purpose

This policy outlines the expectations for, and obligations of, any student planning or holding a protest or other public demonstration on property owned or controlled by the University (“University Property”).

II. Scope

This policy applies to any student protest or other public demonstration.

III. Policy

A student planning a protest or other public demonstration on University Property should contact the Dean of Students office (973-761-9076) for information, guidance and permission. A student must submit a Student Protest Application to the Dean of Students office for review at least 48 hours (two business days) before a protest or demonstration is expected to occur.

The University is committed to academic freedom and civil discourse. A student protest or other public demonstration may be permitted so long as it is peaceful, non-obstructive and respectful of the University’s Catholic mission and the rights of other students, faculty, employees and University guests. The University reserves the right to designate time, manner, and appropriate areas for protests. In general, a protest inside a building, by its very nature, would be disruptive to the occupants of the building and thus will not be permitted. Protests on the University Green will be permitted provided they do not interfere with the rights of other students, faculty, employees, and/or University guests.

During protests, participants must respect the rights of others, including those with whom they disagree. Any students engaging in disruptive or disorderly conduct, failing to comply with the directions of a University official, or otherwise violating this Policy or the Student Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action, up to an including immediate, interim suspension pending hearing and/or expulsion from the University, and/or criminal charges. Participation is restricted to members of the University community. Individuals who are not members of the University community will be instructed to leave campus and are subject to criminal charges.

Disruptive conduct on University property is prohibited and will subject the violators to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate, interim suspension pending hearing and/or expulsion from the University in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Student Code of Conduct. Disruptive conduct includes, but is not limited, to the following:

  1. INTERFERING with University operations, activities, and/or events, including the rights and activities of other students, faculty, employees, and/or University guests
  2. PREVENTING access to or egress from offices, building or other University property in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and University policy.
  3. FAILING to comply with the directions of University officials and/or local and state officials, including directions to leave a facility or space.
  4. CREATING the threat of physical harm to persons or damage to University Property or invading the personal space of other students, faculty, employees, and/or University guests.
  5. EXCEEDING building and/or reasonable outdoors site capacities as determined by the University.
  6. EXCEEDING noise levels and/or interfering with or disrupting University operations and activities, including the rights and activities of other students, faculty, employees, and/or University guests.

IV. Responsible Offices

  • Vice President of Student Services
  • Dean of Students

VI. Approved

Initially adopted and approved on August 17, 2017 and amended by Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., Interim President, on the recommendation of the Executive Cabinet on January 10, 2019.

Effective Date

Initially adopted on August 17, 2017
First Amended: January 10, 2019

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