Civil Disturbance or Demonstration

A student demonstration should not be disrupted unless one or more of the following conditions exist as a result of the demonstration:

  • Interference with the normal operations of the college
  • Prevention of access to office, buildings or other college facilities
  • Threat of physical harm to persons or damage to college facilities

If any of these conditions exist, public safety should be notified and will be responsible for contacting and informing appropriate college officials. Depending on the nature of the demonstration, the appropriate procedures listed below should be followed:

Peaceful, Non-obstructive Demonstrations
Generally, demonstrations of this kind should not be interrupted. If demonstrators are asked to leave but refuse to leave by regular facility closing time:

  • Arrangements will be made by the director of public safety to monitor the situation during non-business hours, or
  • Determination will be made to treat the violation of regular closing hours as a disruptive demonstration.

Non-violent, Disruptive Demonstrations
In the event that a demonstration blocks access to college facilities or interferes with the operation of the college:

  • Demonstrators will be asked to terminate the disruptive activity by the director of public safety or other designated officials.
  • Key college personnel and student leaders will be asked to go to the area and ask the demonstrators to desist.
  • If the demonstrators persist in the disruptive activity, they will be apprised that failure to discontinue may result in disciplinary action or possible intervention by police officials.
  • After consultation with the president and other officials, the need for an injunction and intervention of civil authorities will be determined.

Violent, Disruptive Demonstrations
In the event that a violent demonstration in which injury to persons or property occurs or appears imminent, the president and other appropriate college officials will be notified.

During Business Hours
In coordination with appropriate college officials, public safety will contact the Decatur Police Department. The Department of Public Safety will establish a communications link with the Decatur Police Department.

After Business Hours
The Department of Public Safety should be immediately notified of the disturbance. The officer in charge will investigate the disruption and notify the director of public safety, dean of students and director of communications. The dean of students will report the circumstances to the president and notify key administrators as appropriate. In coordination with the president, the director of public safety and other officials determine the need for police assistance.

The director of public safety has the authority to call for additional police assistance without counsel from others if it is deemed to be of paramount importance to the safety of persons involved.