Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple spoke at the Student Government meeting Monday night about proposed changes to the Policy of Expressive Activity.
These proposed changes follow a town hall meeting held in November to discuss the policy, in the wake of a series of protests sparked by “Pastor Tom” Rayborn’s regular Wednesday appearances on the Stratton Quadrangle.
One proposed change to the policy is a limit on the use of amplification, prohibiting amplification above 80 decibels. The updated policy would also limit outdoor reservations to a 50-foot radius, unless justification is provided for why additional space is needed.
The draft of the updated policy also includes proposed changes to the reservation process. If the new policy is approved as is, reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance, rather than for any time in the current semester.
In this revised reservation process, student activities would be given priority over events planned by outside groups in the case of conflicting reservation requests. Additionally, groups and individuals would be required to use a space after reserving it. If a reserved space goes unused, the group or individual may be unable to reserve another space in the future.
The Policy of Expressive Activity applies equally to all non-university-sponsored activities, including those hosted by students and student organizations, as well as outside groups and individuals.
The final draft of the Policy of Expressive Activity will be presented to the Policy Council to be enacted.