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Use of Outdoor Spaces

All members of the University of Missouri-St. Louis community, students, faculty and staff share a mutual interest in maintaining conditions where the work of the university can go forward freely, in accordance with the highest standards of quality, institutional integrity and freedom of expression. The Millennium Student Center is committed to retaining an academic environment for free expression and civil debate where each member of the public has the freedom to speak, to assemble peaceably and to petition for redress of grievances.

Members of the Public at Large

Members of the public are free to exercise expressive activities outdoors as long as they do not interfere with the operations of the university. MSC ask that activities not:

  • Significantly disrupt previously scheduled campus events
  • Utilize any amplification device unless approved by MSC Operations
  • Obstruct entrances or exits to buildings
  • Obstruct vehicular or pedestrian traffic
  • Affix items to any permanent structure or grounds (railings, buildings, greenways, trees, etc.).
  • Light any material on fire with the exception of hand-held candles which may be used with special permission. Other open flame devices and bonfires are strictly prohibited
  • Involve solicitations or promotion of commercial enterprises
  • Insert tent stakes into the ground without permission
  • Represent a threat to public safety or violate the Collected Rules and Regulations that may be prescribed by the Board of Curators

Additional Provisions

The following provisions apply to both reservation requests and spontaneous expressive activities.

  1. Non-commercial pamphlets, handbills, circulars, newspapers, magazines and other written materials may be distributed on a person-to-person basis in open areas outside of buildings.
  2. Expressive activity and expression covered under this policy must be in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and University of Missouri policies, rules and regulations.
  3. Activity that results in damage or destruction of property owned or operated by the University or property belonging to students, faculty, staff or guests of the university is prohibited. Persons or organizations causing such damage may be held financially responsible.
  4. Persons or organizations responsible for an activity covered under this policy must remove all signs and litter from the area at the end of the event. Otherwise, persons or organizations responsible for the event may be held financially responsible for any cleaning costs.
  5. When assessing a reservation request or when informed of spontaneous expressive activities on campus, MSC personnel do not consider the content or viewpoint of the expression or the possible reaction to that expression, except to the extent such factors are relevant to assessing appropriate security measures.
  6. MSC personnel do not impose restrictions on individuals or organizations engaged in expressive activities due to the content or viewpoint of their expression or the possible reaction to that expression. In the event that other persons react negatively to this expression, university personnel shall take all necessary steps to ensure public safety while allowing the expressive activity to continue.