Posting Materials Policy

While this policy is primarily owned by the Center for Student Enrichment, both Communications & Marketing and NMU's Public Safety Department have responsibilities for enforcement. 

Date Approved:9-6-1989
Last Revision:9-6-1989
Last Reviewed:7-27-2018
Approved By:President
Oversight Unit:STUDENT ENRICHMENT, CENTER FOR
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Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide adequate means for publicizing events and activities sponsored by University departments and student organizations. 

Applicability

Faculty, staff, students, as well as invididuals/organizations not associated with the university. 

Policy

Promotional opportunities may be provided on a limited basis for cultural, recreational, social, and educational events and activities occurring in the local area that are deemed to be of interest to the University community.  In the administration of this service, the University requires that the following supporting procedure shall apply to all notices, posters, signs, banners and table ads posted or set up on University property. 


Posting Materials

Procedure

Last procedure update: 9/17/18

OVERSIGHT UNITS:

CENTER FOR STUDENT ENRICHMENT

COMMUNICATION & MARKETING

PUBLIC SAFETY

Procedure:

1. Notices and Posters:  All notices, posters, signs, and banners must be registered for posting at the Center for Student Enrichment (University Center) or the Communications and Marketing office(Cohodas Hall) before they are displayed (except as provided in 2I and 7A-D below). Materials which are not registered according to this procedure may not be posted.

A. In general, commercial advertising materials will not be registered, nor will materials promoting activities for personal or private gain.
B. Registration of posting material is an indication that the material meets the requirements of the Posting Materials Policy. It is not in any way intended to imply that an activity or event being publicized is endorsed by Northern Michigan University or the Center for Student Enrichment or Identity Brand and Marketing.
C. Posters and signs must be stamped with the “Registered for Posting” stamp (obtained in the Center for Student Enrichment, University Center or Identity Brand and Marketing, Cohodas Hall) before they are displayed.
D. Generally, registration will permit posting for a maximum of 30 days with the following exceptions:

  • A series of events or activities may be registered for the duration of the series (a series is defined as each of the events being unique and distinguishable from the others but having the same theme or under the same sponsorship).  Note:  regularly scheduled meetings are not viewed as events or activities.
  • Materials mandated by law or university policy concerning health and safety issues.  As a general rule, exceptions can be made only with approval from the Center for Student Enrichment or Identity Brand and Marketing.
  • Materials from university offices and departments concerning student services.
  • Materials promoting events or activities requiring advanced ticket sales.
  • Postings for official university business that require extended periods of display can also be placed in the 10 campus display cases designated for this purpose.  Postings for these cases can be dropped off at the Center for Student Enrichment.

E. Alcohol-related advertising: Section under review.

F. Guidelines for posting materials in common areas of residence hall, apartment living areas, and faculty and staff offices are determined by the supervisors of those areas.  Materials for these areas, however, must still be registered for posting in the Center for Student Enrichment or Identity Brand and Marketing.

G. Registered 501C3 non-profit agencies are permitted to post up to 20 posters for a one-week period.  The “Registered for Posting” stamp must be obtained from the Center for Student Enrichment or Identity Brand and Marketing.
H. Chalk messages on the sidewalks to promote events or activities must be 20 feet or more away from building entrances.
I. Chalking on poles, walls, etc. (anything other than sidewalks) is not permitted.
J. The Center for Student Enrichment will direct the posting organization to consult with Facilities when ground signs or banners are planned for external grounds, trees, or building exteriors.

2. Specific Guidelines for Posters Include:

A. Notices, posters, or signs must be registered and stamped with the “Registered for Posting” stamp (obtained at the Center for Student Enrichment, University Center or Identity Brand and Marketing, Cohodas Hall) before they are displayed.  Pre-approval (for large quantity orders) may be obtained by bringing the “design copy” to the Center for Student Enrichment or Identity Brand and Marketing before printing.
B. Materials placed in posting areas may not exceed 27” x 23”.
C. The name of the sponsoring organization or department must be clearly displayed on each item being posted.
D. A limit of one (1) notice, poster, or sign concerning the same program, activity or service is permitted for each posting area or bulletin board. 
E. Notices, posters, or signs may be placed only on bulletin boards, “Approved Posting Areas,” or similar locations designated for such purpose.  A list of these locations is available in the Center for Student Enrichment (University Center).
F. Materials shall be posted in such a manner as not to deface or damage the surface to which they are attached. Masking tape is an acceptable means of securing materials to a surface. Scotch or Scotch-type tape and duct tape are not allowed.
G. Notices, posters, or signs may not be placed on cars, poles, posts, signs, trees, outside walls of buildings, doors, windows, glass, transparent partitions, university directional cubes, light poles, or painted surfaces not marked as posting areas.  Notices, posters, or signs shall not be placed in a manner or location that may obscure or mark exit signs, fire alarm boxes, safety rails, fire extinguisher cases, hand rails, and like devices installed as safety equipment in a building.
H. Lawn or ground signs must be approved by the Facilities department.
I. In buildings where posting areas and bulletin boards have been designated for special purposes (i.e., apartment for rent, roommate wanted, items for sale, etc.), postings need not be registered but must be placed accordingly.

3. Specific Guidelines for Banners Include:

A. Banners may be hung outdoors for a maximum of one week with approval from the Center for Student Enrichment or Facilities.
B. Outdoor banners may not be hung in a manner which damages or defaces trees, shrubs, or buildings.
C. Banners may not be placed on the exterior of a building without specific approval of the appropriate department managing the building(s), which include Housing and Residence Life, Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Sports, or Facilities. 
D. It is the responsibility of the individual or organization hanging a banner to take it down by the date agreed upon.

4. Specific Guidelines for Table Ads Include:

A. Table tents will only be displayed in tri-panel tent holders. Loose table tents will not be permitted on dining room tables.
B. Student organizations, offices, and departments may reserve table ad time slots for one-week periods (Sunday – Saturday) through the Center for Student Enrichment (University Center; 227-2439).  Time slots can be reserved for anytime during the academic year.
C. Student organizations, offices, and departments who have reserved a time slot must print 180 4” x 6” inserts on a heavy paper stock (65#, 80#, or 110#).  These need to be delivered to the Center for Student Enrichment no later than 10 a.m. on the Friday preceding the week they are to be displayed.  Table ads that are smaller than 4” x 6” or on a lighter-weight paper will not be accepted.
D. Table tents will be placed in the plastic holders by members of the Dining Service staff only. Individuals/organizations/departments are not to place table tents in the holders.

5. Non-Compliance with Posting Policy Guidelines:  Individuals or organizations failing to comply with posting policy guidelines may jeopardize future posting privileges. Individuals or organizations failing to comply may also be liable for damage and/or clean-up costs if any are incurred. Posted materials which are not in compliance with the regulations will be removed by the Center for Student Enrichment staff.

6. Materials which are in violation of other University policies or the Student Code will not be registered for posting.

7. Exception for Faculty & Staff: Posting personal materials in the workplace is encouraged as an expression of academic freedom.  Academic freedom is the freedom to teach, both in and outside the classroom, to conduct research and to publish the results of those investigations, and to address any matter of institutional policy or action whether or not as a member of an agency of institutional governance. Postings may also address the larger community with regard to any matter of social, political, economic, or other interest, without institutional discipline or restraint, save in response to fundamental violations of professional ethics or statements that suggest disciplinary incompetence.  Therefore,

A. Faculty and Staff are allowed to post unregistered personal materials on or near their own desks or office doors.  The materials must adhere to University Policies governing workplace violence and workplace harassment; no threat of violence, sexual harassment, or intimidation will be tolerated.  
B. Materials may not be placed on outside walls of buildings, exterior doors, or exterior-facing windows.  Notices, posters, or signs shall not be placed in a manner or location that may obscure or mark exit signs, fire alarm boxes, safety rails, fire extinguisher cases, hand rails, and like devices installed as safety equipment in a building. 
C. Materials shall be posted in such a manner as not to deface or damage the surface to which they are attached. Masking tape or removable adhesive strips are acceptable means of securing materials to a surface. Scotch or Scotch-type tape and duct tape are not allowed.  Bulletin and magnetic boards are encouraged. 
D. Violations will be reported to the appropriate Dean or Department Head, who will request that the materials be removed or relocated by the owner.  Failure to relocate or remove within a reasonable time may result in the removal by Public Safety as well as disciplinary procedure.