Effective: November 11, 2019
Contact: Office of University Counsel

Interim Policy Statement

  1. Chalking is defined as the marking of a sidewalk surface with chalk in order to publicize an upcoming event sponsored by a registered student organization. Registered student organizations may chalk ONLY to publicize an upcoming event that is open to all students. The chalking must include, and must be limited to, the event title (may not exceed seven words), event location and time, and the name of the sponsoring registered student organization. Only registered student organizations may chalk. No chalking is allowed on any surface other than sidewalks.
  2. No individual student or registered student organization (or non-student acting on behalf of a student or registered student organization) may erase, remove, efface, write over, modify, or otherwise impair the legibility of any chalking authorized by this policy. The registered student organization originally responsible for a chalking may erase, remove, or modify its own chalking, provided, however, that the modification shall be a chalking otherwise permissible under this policy. The university may impose disciplinary sanctions on an individual student(s) or registered student organization responsible for such erasing, removing, effacing, writing over, modifying, or otherwise impairing the legibility of any chalking.

Questions about the interim chalking policy should be directed to the Office of the President,

To the fullest extent permitted by the First Amendment and other applicable law and consistent with other university policy, the university reserves the right to remove any chalking that does not comply with this policy and may impose disciplinary sanctions on individuals and/or student organizations that violate this policy. The university will notify the registered student organization of the policy violation and of the authorization for Facilities Planning and Management to remove the chalking. Individuals and or student organizations found in violation of this policy may be assessed costs associated with removal and may forfeit privileges including but not limited to, loss of registration status, and loss of on-campus space reservation privileges.