Proposed Changes to Time, Place, and Manner of Public Expression

Greetings,

The campus invites your comment on three changes it is considering to the Regulations Concerning the Time, Place, and Manner of Public Expression, accessible as Sections 300-369 at http://students.berkeley.edu/uga/regs.stm.

Section 321(a) currently states that “No person on University property or at official University functions may block entrances to or otherwise interfere with the free flow of traffic into and out of campus buildings.” The first change would add the following language to this section:

“Groups engaging in activities in or around campus buildings must leave open an unobstructed path sufficient for pedestrian traffic to flow into and out of the building.”

Section 321(k) currently states that “No person on University property or at official University functions may possess, use, store, or manufacture a firearm or other weapon.” The second change would add the following language to this section:

“The display of imitation firearms or other weapons is prohibited in all open, public areas of the campus, unless it would be obvious to a reasonable observer that the imitation firearm or other weapon is not a real firearm or other weapon. To ensure compliance with this provision, prior to displaying any imitation firearm or other weapon in an open, public area of the campus, approval must be obtained from the campus police department.”

Section 331 currently states that “During open hours, Sproul Plaza and Lower Sproul Plaza may be used without reservation for discussion or public expression which does not require or involve sound amplification equipment . . . However, use of these areas for discussion or public expression may be limited when such use interferes with the orderly conduct of University business or authorized events.” The third change would add the following language to this section:

“Groups engaging in activities in or around Sather Gate must leave open an unobstructed path that is sufficient for pedestrian traffic to flow through Sather Gate. If emergency vehicles need to pass through Sather Gate, groups must move to allow the vehicles to do so.”

The following changes are proposed pursuant to the settlement agreement in the Felber v. Yudof lawsuit and are intended to reflect existing campus practice.

Please send your comments to ucbpolicy@berkeley.edu by November 21, 2012.

Sincerely,

Harry Le Grande, Vice Chancellor

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