The Philosophy Statement of Saint Xavier University states that ?the University membership encourages a full search for truth "while respecting freedom of personal expression." The University community also recognizes that the search for truth, the debate of ideas and the process of thinking critically might, at times, lead individuals or groups to wish to express their views through dissent or forms of public demonstration. As an academic institution committed to the free expression of ideas, Saint Xavier University supports the freedom of individuals and groups to engage in public demonstration as a form of discourse.
At the same time, the University must balance this freedom of expression with the mission of the institution and the rights of its members to pursue their academic and vocational objectives without unreasonable obstruction or hindrance. The University expects that those who enjoy freedom of expression must also accept responsibility for order and discipline by demonstrating in a peaceful and non-disruptive manner.
Rooted in the University’s core value of respect, permissible demonstrations do not include unlawful activity, activity that threatens or endangers the safety of any person or persons, the destruction of property, or obstruction of the normal operations of the University. In addition, expression that is indecent, obscene, graphically violent or grossly offensive on matters such as race, age, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law is inconsistent with the accepted norms of conduct at the University and will not be tolerated.
The use of the University forum does not apply acceptance or endorsement by the University of the views expressed.
Guidelines for Demonstrations
Students planning a demonstration should complete a Demonstration Registration form (available in the Office of the Dean of Students) and arrange for a meeting with the dean of students to discuss the arrangements for the event. Students are expected to abide by the agreed upon arrangements during the course of the demonstration.
Participants are not permitted to:
physically or psychologically hinder access to, use of, or egress from University facilities
assemble or congregate in any manner that disrupts the University’s normal functions
create a volume of noise that prevents members of the University community from carrying on its normal activities
use obscene or graphically violent images or language
employ force or violence, or constitute an immediate threat of force or violence against persons or property
fail to observe established closing hours of buildings
possess or use firearms, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, dangerous chemicals or weapons of any kind
post or distribute flyers in classrooms
Procedures for Handling Disruptive Demonstrations
The dean of students, or other University person in authority, will determine the point at which the normal operations of the University are disrupted, or that the demonstration has passed proper bounds. The dean, or person in authority, will then require that the demonstration be modified on stated conditions or immediately terminated. Failure to observe such a declaration may subject any student to full disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion from the University pending a judicial hearing at a later date.
The University reserves the right to ask for the assistance of Campus Police and/or local law enforcement. Any student participating in a disruptive demonstration when the civil authorities are called for assistance may be arrested and prosecuted and may be suspended pending action consistent with the University judicial system.
Saint Xavier University is private property; therefore, any person not officially associated with the University who is participating in a disruptive demonstration when the civil authorities are called for assistance may be arrested and prosecuted for criminal trespass.