St. Bonaventure University

Maintenance of Public Order and Public Demonstrations

St. Bonaventure University recognizes an individual’s right to peacefully organize for the purpose of expressing opinions. Members of the St. Bonaventure University community are free to express opinions publicly and privately, but in an orderly and respectful manner that does not disrupt the operation of the institution. St. Bonaventure University reserves the right to revoke the campus privilege(s) including residency in or utilization of any of its buildings, or on its grounds, or any occupant whose conduct, solely in the University’s opinion, becomes injurious or potentially injurious to the academic community. St. Bonaventure University is private property, for use by students, faculty and staff. Members of the St. Bonaventure University hosting guests and/or visitors assume responsibility for the conduct of their guest(s)/visitor(s).

Unacceptable behavior/practices on the campus and properties of St. Bonaventure University include but are not limited to:

Harassment in any form; sexual harassment; violence against any community member or guest; theft or destruction of University or personal property; interference with academic freedom and freedom of speech; interference with an individual’s right to assemble peacefully; unauthorized occupation of any University facility, office or building; bias-related activity of any kind; lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or behavior; forcible interference with the freedom of movement of any member of the University community or guest; any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health, causes bodily or physical harm, or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization; any action that jeopardizes the safety of any member of the academic community, guest or visitor.

St. Bonaventure University does not condone, nor does it forbid, public demonstration. Campus demonstrations are limited to the outdoors and may include members of the University community exclusively. Demonstrations may not be conducted within 100 yards of the University Chapel, Franciscan Friary or Center for Student Wellness. Members of the University community who choose to peacefully demonstrate must register as a scheduled campus activity through the Office of University Events and be approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs no less than 48 hours (two business days) prior to the event.  A recognized student organization or University faculty/staff member must sponsor any/all campus events. Said student organization or faculty/staff member assumes all responsibility for the scheduled event. All members of the St. Bonaventure University community are expected to comply with the reasonable directives of any authorized University official, including but not limited to University Safety and Security staff members. Sound-amplification equipment may not be used at any time, in any place, or in such a manner so as to disrupt the University’s functions of teaching, public service or administration, or study and sleep in the residence halls, or other authorized scheduled event. St. Bonaventure University neither permits, nor forbids, off-campus demonstrations by members of the University community. Students as participants in local community affairs, as residents of, or visitors to, Allegany, N.Y., Olean, N.Y., or other municipalities, colleges or universities, are expected to abide by local, state and federal laws and ordinances. The University will act in situations wherein a specific act off campus endangers the welfare of the University and/or wherein members of the University community are harmed as a result of student conduct off campus.

These rules apply to any student, faculty member, staff member, or visitor (including but not limited to, invitees and licenses) in or on property owned or rented by the University.  Any individual who is found to have violated these rules may be subject to immediate ejection from University property. In addition, any member of the St. Bonaventure community who is found to have violated these rules may be subject to suspension, expulsion, or other such appropriate disciplinary action. Any organization which is found to have authorized any violations of these rules may be subject to the rescission of the organization’s permission to operate on the St. Bonaventure campus or any university property. These penalties are in addition to any criminal or civil penalty pursuant to any penal or other law to which the violator or  organization may be subject.