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Political Activities

UMSL encourages political awareness among members of the campus community by recognizing the educational and civic merits of participation.  Furthermore, the University is committed as an institution to strict neutrality regarding candidates and political events, to providing equality of treatment in so far as possible, and to preserving the right to privacy enjoyed by each of our students.  In support of these principles, UMSL along with our other UM System campuses follows policies regarding activities in addition to following regular facilities rules and guidelines.  In this policy, the word “candidate" refers to one who has filed with the appropriate governmental agency.  No advertising for candidates or ballot initiatives are allowed in the MSC or JCP.
Student organization recognized through OSL that wish to sponsor a political candidate or reserve space for a discussion of political issues may reserve space in the MSC or JCP building by contacting (314) 516-5022.  The following guidelines will apply:

 
Organizations that engage in such activities will be asked to leave the premises immediately.  Such behavior may result in the cancellation of current or subsequent bookings as well as the forfeiture of vendor fees for off-campus users.

Political Rallies

Groups that wish to reserve meeting room space in the MSC are required to coordinate the event with the following campus departments Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) and Community Relations, Office of the Chancellor-314-516-5823.

Free Speech Zone

Senate Bill 93- This act creates the “Campus Free Expression Act” to protect free expression on the campuses of public institutions of higher education. 
This act designates the outdoors areas of campuses of public institutions of higher education to be traditional public forums.  Public institutions of higher education may maintain and enforce reasonable time, place and manner restriction in service of a significant institutional interest only when such restriction employs clear, published, content and viewpoint-neutral criteria and provide for ample alternative means of expression.
 
Any such person may freely engage in noncommercial expressive activity so long as the person’s conduct is not unlawful and does not materially and substantially disrupt the institution’s function.  Permits required through the office of University Marketing &Communications, 60 JC Penney Bldg. /Conf. Ctr.

Voter Registration

Groups that wish to conduct voter registration activities in the space scheduled by the MSC are required to coordinate the event with the ASUM.