The exchange of ideas is critical to the University’s mission and is central in the University’s role to “challenge students to extend their intellectual capacities, interests, and creative abilities; develop their talents; and acquire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning” (Southeast Mission Statement, 2015).
The University encourages students, faculty, and staff to exercise the right of assembly, free speech and expression throughout the campus. The outdoor areas of the Southeast Main Campus, River Campus, and Regional Campuses are considered traditional public forums areas. Protests, rallies, demonstrations, and other similar expressive activities are not permitted inside any University building. In support of free expression and the University encourages use of, but does not restrict expressive activities to designated public forum areas.
Expressive activities by any non-University organization or individual are permitted in the public forum areas. Additionally, public forums are provided on the city sidewalks and right of ways that are adjacent multiple areas of the Southeast Main Campus, River Campus, and Regional Campuses. Any rally, protest, demonstration or similar expressive activity conducted by organizations or individuals that are not members of the University community must be registered with the University. Non-affiliated organizations or individuals must contact the Office of Campus Life and Events Services at 573.651.2280 to register their activity.
The following time, place and manner restrictions apply to public forum location as well as to expressive activities by members of the University community across all other areas of the campus. These restrictions include:
Public forum locations for individuals and groups which are not members of the University community include:
Designated public forum locations are available for use at each campus, via advance reservation by contacting the Office of Campus Life and Event Services at 573.651.2280. Reservation of these spaces is provided on a first come first serve basis and approval is provided on a content neutral basis. Any denial of a reservation will include the reason for the denial.
Office of Student Conduct (Report a student related incident) (Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct) or 573-651-2264
Dean of Students (Non-emergency complaint procedures) Appeal & Complaint Procedures or 573-651-2524
Department of Public Safety (University Police) or 573-651-2215 (Emergency or Non-emergency number)
Cape Girardeau, MO Offenses Against Public Order and Safety (Chapter 17: 146, 147, 148, and 149)