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Tulane University’s purpose is to create, communicate and conserve knowledge in order to enrich the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to think, to learn and to act and lead with integrity and wisdom. In service to this purpose, Tulane recognizes the critically important historical and current role civil disobedience serves in evolving our democracy. From global, national, state and local human rights to specific Tulane polices, procedures, and practices, the act of protest and demonstration has led to our collective evolution. Therefore, we are committed to creating and protecting an environment in which a variety of ideas can be freely expressed, critically examined, and made with respect for the dignity and freedom of others.
These Demonstration Guidelines are intended to protect the rights of those involved in the demonstration, others in the University community, and the University from disruption to teaching, research, administrative procedures, or other activities.
In order to ensure space, safety, and support for demonstrations and demonstrators, events must be registered at least two business days prior to the proposed demonstration date via the Demonstration Registration Form on WaveSync. The earlier an event is registered, the more time we have to meet to support organizers, and provide resources to prepare for and host an effective demonstration.
Following submission of the Demonstration Registration Form, the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Campus Life or their designee will reach out to the organizer to schedule a meeting to review demonstration details, organizational and/or individual needs, and these university guidelines in order to finalize approval for the demonstration. Both the organizer and the AVP for Campus Life or their designee agree to submit any changes to the agreed upon and approved demonstration activities listed in the Demonstration Registration Form. Any plans or materials not shared may not be approved and could impact the demonstration.
In addition to these guidelines and resources available to organizers, two specific items will be discussed: 1) what University personnel, including University Response Team, Student Affairs staff, legal counsel, and/or Tulane University Police Department, will be present for all or part of the demonstration. This presence is to ensure organizers’ own safety, rights are protected, and the University’s regular operations and activities are not interrupted. And, 2) what is the possibility of a counter protest occurring, to protest or rally for an opposing viewpoint to the one being advocated by the demonstration. The AVP for Campus Life or their designee will work with counter protestors to be in compliance with all of the same demonstration guidelines in order to ensure individuals and organizations participating in counter protests and rallies avoid any action that designed to physically disrupt, damage, or block the original demonstration.