Distribution or Sale of NMU Student Publications and Other Written Materials

Date Approved:1-1-2000
Last Revision:3-4-2019
Last Reviewed:3-4-2019
Approved By:Board of Trustees
Oversight Unit:DEAN OF STUDENTS
Purpose

Regulations for the distribution or sale of materials which are written, edited, published, or distributed by Northern Michigan University students.

Policy

Distribution or Sale of NMU Student Publications and Other Written Materials

Northern Michigan University believes in the freedom of students to express opinions and communicate ideas through writing, publishing, and distributing student publications and other written materials. In order to provide that freedom within an orderly framework, the following regulations are established for the distribution or sale of materials which are written, edited, published, or distributed by Northern Michigan University students.

Within University Buildings

Within the confines of any building under University control or dedicated to the purposes or activities of the University, student publications shall be sold, picked up, passed hand-to-hand, or otherwise distributed in the following manner:

  • on a free-will pick-up basis in public areas of residence halls, provided the residence hall establishes such a place.
  • in public areas of University buildings other than residence halls that have been established for the distribution of student publications by the Director of Center for Student Enrichment, or designee, in consultation with representatives of those buildings. Building representatives may establish procedures for managing the distribution of materials.

Outside University Buildings

Outside the confines of University buildings, student publications shall be sold, given, picked up, passed hand-to-hand, or otherwise distributed by means which do not obstruct access to, or egress from, any building or interfere with institutional programs and normal maintenance of grounds or structures under University control. Materials cannot be placed on vehicles, poles, posts, signs, outside walls of buildings, doors, or windows.

Posting and Distribution of Materials

Written materials cannot be posted and/or distributed on University property except in accordance with the posted materials policy.    

Non-student materials may only be posted and/or distributed with approval from the Dean of Students, or designee.

A copy of materials that are to be distributed (not posted) must be submitted in advance to the Center for Student Enrichment along with the name of a contact person of the sponsoring organization and/or sponsoring individual. This requirement will be waived for publications that are distributed on a regular basis (i.e., the North Wind).