05.00 Disorderly Conduct

Date Approved:8-3-2001
Last Revision:8-3-2001
Approved By:Board of Trustees
Oversight Unit:PUBLIC SAFETY AND POLICE SERVICES
Purpose

The Northern Michigan University Board of Control has determined that ordinances for the protection, benefit, government and control of persons and property within the boundaries of lands under the jurisdiction of the Board of Control are essential to secure the successful operation of the University, maintain good order, promote the designed objectives of the University, and obviate unnecessary and improper interferences with University activities and the lawful activities of those coming upon such lands. The Board of Control, therefore, adopts the following ordinances.

Applicability

Faculty, Staff, Students and Community

Persons shall be guilty of disorderly conduct if, they cause public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, or recklessly create a risk thereof, by:

5.01 Engaging in fighting or in violent, tumultuous, or threatening behavior; or

a. Make unreasonable noise; or

b. In a public place use speech that, as defined by applicable case law, constitutes fighting words, obscenity, defamation, or has the effect or likelihood of inciting imminent unlawful action.

5.02 Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition.

5.03 The following definitions apply in this sub-section:

a. "Public place" means a place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access, and includes, but is not limited to, public streets and sidewalks, stadiums, other outdoor portions of the campus, and hallways, corridors, lobbies, classrooms, auditoriums, administrative offices, and other portions of university buildings which do not constitute rooms designed for actual residence.

b. To "obstruct" means to render impassable without unreasonable inconvenience or hazard.