Student Mariana Gonzalez holds a makeshift poster in a counter-protest to the demonstration staged by anti-abortion group Project Truth in the Library Quad on Monday, Oct. 17. In his Presidents Message sent on Oct. 27, President Nelsen announced that a new policy regarding the time, place and manner restrictions on campus had changed, effective Oct. 25. (Photo by Rin Carbin)
Student Mariana Gonzalez holds a makeshift poster in a counter-protest to the demonstration staged by anti-abortion group Project Truth in the Library Quad on Monday, Oct. 17. In his President’s Message sent on Oct. 27, President Nelsen announced that a new policy regarding the time, place and manner restrictions on campus had changed, effective Oct. 25. (Photo by Rin Carbin)

After incidents, campus speech policy updated

In a campus-wide email, Sacramento State President Nelsen revealed an updated policy which clarifies the “time, place, and manner” restrictions placed on speech-related activities on campus.

In the email, sent on Thursday morning, the President said that the school’s free speech policies were updated over the summer and that the new policies went into effect on Tuesday.

The policy states that temporary displays and structures on campus must be approved by the vice president for student affairs and the vice president for administration and business affairs.

Spaces for these displays must also be reserved in advance through space management in order to avoid conflict with other campus events.

Chalking is prohibited within 30 feet of the entrance to any building, and is also prohibited near the Residence Halls, the Well, the University Union, the Library Breezeway and the Bookstore Plaza.

Demonstrations are also not allowed to interfere with foot traffic, and reservations are advised but not mandated.

The president’s email comes on the heels of several campus free speech acts earlier this month that prompted a response.

Nelsen previously sent a campus-wide email disavowing the tactics of anti-abortion protesters on campus, while stating he respects their constitutional rights.

A week earlier, chalk messages were removed from near the front of the library for violating the school’s posting policy.

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