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Civil Disturbance

A broad term that is typically used by law enforcement to descried one or more forms of disturbance caused by a group of people, often in the form of protests, illegal parades, sit-ins, as well as riots, sabotage, and other types of crimes.


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

  • Interference with the normal operations of the University
  • Prevention of access to offices, buildings or other University facilities
  • Threat of physical harm to persons or damage to campus facilities


Should a civil disturbance incident become disruptive to University operations or threaten the safety of the University community, the following procedure should apply:

  • Call the University Police Department at 688-5117 or 111 (from an on campus phone), or if residing off campus, call 911.
  • To ensure your own safety keep a safe distance from the disturbance so that law enforcement does not mistake you for those involved.
  • Lock all doors and secure documents and equipment

University Police are charged with the responsibility of providing for the physical safety of both protestors and other members of the University community, as a first priority. Safety of property and preservation of individual and University rights takes secondary precedence. The Chief of University Police and campus police staff will take whatever steps are necessary to maintain the personal safety of everyone involved when a protest occurs.

City police and other law enforcement agencies may be called on to assist in handling a protest on campus at the request of the University police chief. However, law enforcement personnel have full authority on campus and may come on campus at any time they deem appropriate.

Educational Activities

The University supports free and open discussion of all relevant issues. Current topics of local, national or international impact are appropriate for consideration in the classroom and other forums on campus. Faculty members, student affairs staff and other individuals are encouraged to support educational activities which provide broad consideration of diverse views.

Controversial issues frequently elicit strong emotions. All University students and staff are encouraged to stress the importance of reasoned and thoughtful consideration of differing viewpoints. Personal attacks, acts of harassment and violence directed at individuals will not be tolerated by the University.