Division of Student Services

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 guidance and information. A student must submit a Student Protest Application to the Dean of Students office for review and approval at least 48 hours 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 is permitted so long as it is peaceful, non-obstructive and respectful of the University’s Catholic mission. The University reserves the right to designate time, manner, and appropriate areas for the assembly.

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 and/or criminal charges. Participation is restricted to members of the University community.

Disruptive conduct on University property is prohibited. Disruptive conduct includes, but is not limited, to the following:

  1. INTERFERING with University operations, activities, and/or events.
  2. PREVENTING access to or egress from offices, building or other University property.
  3. FAILING to comply with the directions of University officials, including directions to leave a particular facility or space.
  4. CREATING the threat of physical harm to persons or damage to University Property.
  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.

IV. Responsible Office(s)
Vice President for Student Services
Dean of Students

V. Related Policies
Student Code of Conduct

VI. Approved
Approved by Dr. Mary J. Meehan, Interim President, on the recommendation of the Executive Cabinet on August 17, 2017.

Effective Date

August 21, 2017

Contact Us

Division of Student Services
(973) 761-9075
Fax (973) 761-9797
Bishop Dougherty University Center

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