The free exchange of ideas is one of the hallmarks of a great university. As an institution of higher learning, Northeastern is committed to fostering an open dialogue on critical issues, and maintaining an inclusive educational environment where diverse views can be safely expressed in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
We support our students expressing their views by demonstrating in a peaceful and respectful fashion and we want to share the university protocol required for demonstrations and protests organized by Northeastern students and student organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following process is consistent with Northeastern’s policy on demonstrations as outlined in the Student Handbook and the Northeastern COVID-19 Reopening Event Policy, as well as state and local COVID-19 orders and requirements.
- Students seeking to organize and register a protest or demonstration (Organizers) must comply with the Northeastern COVID-19 Reopening Event Policy. Organizers must submit a demonstration or protest plan for in-person or hybrid events, explain why the event outcomes depend on in-person attendance, and communicate the program for the demonstration and intended audience. A cross-campus team will review the plan and evaluate whether COVID-19 public health and federal, state and local guidelines can be met and whether the location can maintain healthy distancing for participants.
- In order to request a protest or demonstration in the Curry Student Center or outdoor quads, organizers should submit plans to the Center of Student Involvement – email@example.com
- In order to request a protest or demonstration anywhere else on campus, organizers should submit plans to the Facilities Central Events Team – firstname.lastname@example.org
- In conjunction with the submission of a plan, any student or student organization seeking to demonstrate or protest on university property or in connection with a University event must comply with University Policy on demonstrations and the demonstration procedures as outlined in the Campus Activities Student Organization Resource Guide, CSI Scheduling Guidance, and all directions issued by university administrators. The university reserves the right to withhold approval of proposed demonstrations that are deemed likely to disrupt or interfere with university operations.
- Demonstrators are required to follow all Northeastern COVID-19 policies and protocols, including face mask requirements, social distancing, and occupancy/density limits.
- Demonstrators will be required to display their Northeastern IDs for the duration of the demonstration. In order to support the health and safety of the university community during the pandemic, NUPD officers may check to see if Northeastern IDs are displayed by demonstrators. Only university students, faculty and staff are permitted to participate in registered demonstrations. Any person participating in a demonstration other than university students, faculty and staff will be considered a trespasser and will be required to leave university property.
- Consistent with the university’s Policy on Demonstrations:
- demonstrators must not block corridors or entrances or use loud noise to disrupt a conference, meeting, or assembly;
- demonstrations may not be conducted in faculty or administrative offices, classrooms, libraries, or study areas;
- moving picket lines in university corridors are prohibited. (Protests may be registered by individuals or groups standing in a single line against a corridor wall, but corridors must be kept open at all times for the free passage of other members of the community.)
Students participating in off-campus demonstrations are still expected to adhere to all Northeastern COVID-19 policies and protocols, including face mask requirements, social distancing, and occupancy/density limits.