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Civil Disturbance or Demonstrations
Procedure

Document Number: EMER--114p Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: Executive Director of Facilities and Safety Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 02/13/2012

General Description
Description / Scope:

Information about civil disturbances or demonstrations relative to emergency services policies and procedures.


Purpose:

Delineation of procedures.


Who Performs / Responsibility: All faculty, staff, students, and administrators

When to Perform: As needed

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Requirements
Pre-Knowledge: Before performing this task you must know:
Current University policy
Standards of good practice

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Equipment: Policy and Procedure Handbook

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Overview of Steps
1.

Civil Disturbance or Demonstrations

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Detailed Steps
1.

Civil Disturbance or Demonstrations


How to Do:

Most campus demonstrations such as marches, meetings, picketing and rallies will be peaceful and non-obstructive. A student demonstration should not be disrupted unless one or more of the following conditions exists as a result of the demonstration:

1. INTERFERENCE with the normal operations of the university.

2. PREVENTION of access to office buildings or other university facilities.

3. THREAT of physical harm to persons or damage to university facilities or other property.

 

If any of these conditions exist, any faculty or staff member should contact the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety. Depending on the nature of the demonstration, the appropriate procedures listed below should be followed:

 


1.1

Peaceful, Non-Obstructive Demonstrations


How to Do:

1. Generally, demonstrators of this kind should not be interrupted. Demonstrations should not be obstructed or provoked and efforts should be made to conduct university business as normally as possible.

2. If demonstrators are asked to leave, but refuse to leave by regular facility closing time:

a. Arrangements will be made by the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety or designee to monitor the situation during non-business hours.

b. Determination will be made to treat the violation of regular closing hours as a disruptive demonstration. (See Section 2).


1.2

Non-Violent, Disruptive Demonstrations


How to Do:

In the event that a demonstration blocks access to university facilities or interferes with the operation of the university:

1. Demonstrations will be asked to terminate the disruptive activity by the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety or designee.

2. If the demonstrators persist in the disruptive activity, they will be advised that failure to discontinue the specified action within a determined length of time may result in disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion or possible intervention by the police. Except in extreme emergencies, the President will be consulted before such disciplinary actions are taken.

3. Efforts should be made to secure positive identifications of demonstrators in violation to facilitate later testimony, including photographs if deemed advisable.

4. After consultation with the President, the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety will determine the need for an injunction and intervention of the police.

5. If determination is made to seek the intervention of the police, the demonstrators should be informed of this decision.


1.3

Violent, Disruptive Demonstrations


How to Do:

In the event that a violent demonstration in which injury to persons or property occurs or appears eminent, call 911. Then contact Campus Security and the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety. If the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety is unavailable, contact the Executive Vice President.

 

If the demonstration is disruptive but it appears that there is no immediate risk of injury to persons or property, the following steps should be taken:

1. Campus Security should be immediately notified of the disturbance.

2. Campus Security will investigate the disruption.

3. The President and the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety, acting in concert with Campus Security, will determine the need for an injunction and the need for police intervention.


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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Executive VP

Executive Director of Facilities and Safety

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