Posting Regulations for Students
and Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)
Lansing Community College is continually sensitive to the fact that there is a need for students, staff, and offices to communicate regarding various activities, events, and services. The College is also sensitive to the right of freedom of expression, particularly as provided for in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. At the same time, the College is responsible for providing reasonable procedures and regulations to protect public and private property, and provide for the general safety and welfare of all members of the College community, and which preclude disruption of the normal functions of the College.
The following statements are designed to regulate and guide postings within the College facilities while providing students, College personnel, and College properties reasonable protection from commercial exploitation and court suits. While the courts have said that College property is considered a public trust, these same courts have ruled that College property is not "public property" subject to unregulated use by any and all individuals. This regulation is designed to facilitate communication through the use of postings while complying with the legislated instructional mission of the College.
Definition: A posting is any written communication designed to apply to a wall or other surface for the purpose of relating information about an event, service, idea, or activity. A posting may be in the format of, but not limited to, a sign, an announcement, or banner.
General Posting Regulations
- Within any and all buildings, placement of all signs and posters is restricted to approved bulletin boards.
- Postings may be limited to one (1) per entity, as space is limited. All are encouraged to combine multiple events, meetings and/or announcements on one posting.
- Each posting must identify the sponsoring organization, department, or individual (no abbreviations). Each posting must display a telephone number or an office or individual location where more complete information can be obtained.
- Each posting is required to have in the lower left-hand corner, its posting date (month, day, and year) and, in the lower right-hand corner, its date (month, day, and year) to be removed. Each posting should have a takedown date not to exceed 60 days of posting or the date of a specific event.
- Designated bulletin boards are available on campus for the posting of student and staff personal notices. All student and staff personal notices will be confined to these designated bulletin boards.
- A posting shall not exceed 18 inches by 24 inches.
- No posting shall be placed in such a way that it covers all or part of a previously approved posting whose take-down date has not expired.
- The removal of postings at or prior to the take-down date shall be the responsibility of the sponsoring organization or individual. Unauthorized individuals shall remove no postings prior to the take-down date.
- Multiple copies of postings are not to be posted in multiple locations on the same board.
- Lansing Community College respects the constitutional rights of freedom of expression. There are, however, responsibilities, which are attendant to the exercising of these constitutional rights. The following statement is made to provide an operational balance between the rights and responsibilities of the freedom of expression regarding the contents of postings: The content of postings shall avoid the liabilities of libel; obscenity; invasion of privacy; and incitement of disorder, violence, and disruption of the normal operation of the College.
- Enrolled students and RSOs wanting to post must gain approval in the Office of Student Life and Ombudsman for compliance with general regulations.
- College staff and faculty must gain approval in their departmental office or from the office of their administrative supervisor.
- Student and College staff personal notices placed in designated bulletin boards within the College buildings do not need approval. Examples of personal notices are selling used books, sharing a ride, sharing an apartment, and selling personal articles. Profit-making commercial notices are not considered personal and will be removed.
Student or Student Organization Appeal of Poster Denial or Removal
If a student or student organization feels that a denial of posting or removal of a posting infringes upon their First Amendment rights or is in violation of this regulation, an informal appeal may be made by the posting sponsor to the Director of Student Life. A meeting will be held between the appealing posting sponsor or sponsors with the Director of Student Life to discuss the appeal. If the appeal is not resolved, a formal appeal may be presented to the Dean of Student Services. This appeal must be in writing, must indicate the reason(s) for the appeal, and must be dated and signed by the appealing party. The Dean of Student Services will gather information and respond to the appealing party within five (5) days of receipt of the appeal. The decision of the Dean of Student Services shall be final.
Failure to comply with the above regulations will lead to the denial of approval, the removal of postings, and may result in disciplinary action. In order to protect the student body, individual members of the College community and the resources of the College, the College reserves the right and accepts the responsibility to deny approval or remove any posting which it believes to cause significant disruption of the normal function and operation of the College.
Posting Regulations for Off-Campus Organizations and Individuals
Lansing Community College is sensitive to the fact that there is a need for some off-campus organizations and individuals involved in non-commercial enterprises to communicate with Lansing Community College students and staff members concerning various activities, events, and services. The College is also sensitive to the right of expression, particularly as provided for in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. At the same time, the College is responsible for providing reasonable procedures and regulations to protect public and private property and providing for the general safety, welfare, and positive learning environment for all members of the College community.
Therefore, the College has provided a kiosk, centrally located on the downtown campus, for the use of noncommercial groups and individuals who are not affiliated with the College. Such groups and individuals may place their postings on this kiosk without seeking prior approval from any College office, and the College disclaims any and all responsibility for items posted.
Regulations for Use of Student Literature Table
Lansing Community College is continually aware of and supportive of the concepts of freedom of expression, particularly those provided by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The College also perceives that one of its functions is to provide a wide range of learning experiences and learning opportunities for the students of the College. At the same time, the College is mandated to provide orderly processes that avoid material disruption, protect public and private property, and provide for the general safety and welfare of students, faculty, and College staff.
The following statements are designed to facilitate student distribution of literature within the College facilities, while providing students and College personnel and property reasonable protection from commercial exploitation and legal actions. Court rulings have determined that College buildings, while considered a public trust, are not considered public property subject to unregulated use by any and all individuals. The procedural regulations below are designed to facilitate the legislated instructional mission of the College to serve the citizens of the College community. The following procedural regulations shall be followed:
- The distribution of literature within College buildings by
students shall be limited to student literature tables made
available for such distribution. Student literature tables will be
made available in the following areas within the College buildings:
- In the first floor lobby of the Arts and Sciences Building.
- In the second floor lobby of the Arts and Sciences Building.
- In the first floor lobby of West Campus.
- In the second floor lobby of West Campus.
- In the second floor lobby of the Gannon Building.
- In the first floor lobby of the Health and Human Services Building.
- Only enrolled students and RSOs shall have access to the student literature tables. Non-students who wish to use college facilities must gain permission by following procedures established for this purpose through the Student Life and Ombudsman Office.
- The student literature tables will be available Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the days of regularly scheduled semesters.
- Enrolled students and RSOs are required to register for the use of the student literature tables with the Student Life and Ombudsman Office at least two weeks prior to the time of desired use. Requests will be accepted on a first request-first serve basis. Enrolled students and RSOs may register for the use of a table for three consecutive days. If there are no pending requests, a registration may be renewed at the end of a previous registration. If there are no pending requests, an enrolled student or RSO may request the use of more than one table or more than one location. If during the use of multiple tables or locations, additional enrolled students or RSOs may request the use of a table or location, and if additional tables or locations are not available, the multiple user or users must give up the multiple use of tables and locations to provide for the new request.
- An approved Literature Table Request form obtained from the Student Life and Ombudsman Office must be posted at the student literature table while distribution is taking place.
- In order to determine accountability, a sample of the material to be distributed must be placed on file with the Student Life and Ombudsman Office at the time of the registration for use. In addition, an enrolled student or RSO must have a copy of the material to be distributed on file with the club's or organization's advisor.
- The student literature table will be staffed at all times by the individual student or members of the RSO approved for the use of the tables while the distribution of materials is taking place. The enrolled student or RSO will have the responsibility to ensure that the distribution process is orderly at all times and that the general area surrounding the student literature tables is not littered.
- Individuals shall have the option to pick literature from the tables or receive a copy from the individuals sitting at the tables. No literature shall be forced upon any individual nor shall there be any obstructions created in the path of the general flow of traffic.
- Enrolled students or RSO may collect funds for worthy causes, such as non-profit organizations, blood drives, or College-sponsored activities. Individuals may not solicit funds or business for commercial enterprises or personal gain.
- The College has the right and responsibility to halt the distribution of literature, which it believes to be libelous, obscene, an invasion of privacy, or literature designed and reasonably believed to have the effect to cause immediate disruption of classes, violence, or substantial disorder of the normal operations of the College.
- Failure to comply with the above procedural regulations may lead to the denial of the use of the student literature tables and/or may lead to disciplinary action.
At least one single table will be available in each of these areas. The maximum number of tables made available in any area will be determined in a reasonable manner based on the use of the area and regulations regarding fire safety and student welfare.
Appeal of Denial of Use of Literature Table
Any individual, enrolled student, or RSO which has been denied access to the student literature tables or has been required to halt distribution based on procedure 10 may appeal the denial or requirement to halt distribution. The appeal shall be in writing and shall be directed to the Dean of Student Services within 10 calendar days of the denial or requirement to halt distribution. The decision of the Dean of Student Services shall be final.
Where it is contemplated that a violation of the student literature distribution procedural regulation warrants the imposition of disciplinary action upon an individual student, disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with "Due Process" as outlined at www.lcc.edu/catalog/policies_procedures/studentrulesguidelines.aspx.
Student Life and Ombudsman Office
Gannon Bldg, Room 218
Phone: (517) 483-1285
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