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Posting Policies & Distributing Flyers

Hanging signs or posters on campus is one of the most popular ways to get the message out. The University allows posting for student groups in approved locations. Any posting that is not displayed in an approved location may be removed. Any damages to buildings incurred due to inappropriate posting will be assessed to the student group and its officers. Academic buildings and off-campus businesses have different policies on posting. Make sure you ask for permission and get specific procedures at each building. We recommend dividing campus locations and businesses so that your members don’t all poster in the same areas. We also recommend keeping a list of the locations and businesses that allow you to poster for future use.

The Student Unions & Activities and Residence Halls both have an approval process for poster/flyer distribution highlighted below:

Student Unions

  • All posters or flyers must be approved through the SUA Information Desk, bearing the original stamp of SUA approval.
  • SUA staff will be responsible for placement of all posters
  • Posters or flyers are allowed at designated posting areas only. No posters or flyers shall be put on any glass, carpeted, paneled, papered, painted, or wood surfaces.

Distributing Publications (handouts and flyers)

  • Publications may be distributed outside of SUA facilities provided the distribution is not disrupting traffic or blocking any SUA facility entrance and distribution is 25 feet from any building entrance.
  • This activity is subject to all of the rules and regulations as defined under the University Wide Policy on Distributing Publications and Installing Banners at the University.
  • Distribution of publications inside of SUA facilities is allowed only at a reserved contact table.

Residence Halls/Apartments

The approval process for posting information for Residence Halls can be reviewed on the Housing and Residential Life website.

Literature Distribution on Campus

There are specific policies and procedures for the distribution of handouts, indoor postings, outdoor postings, chalking and placing publication bins and racks on campus. Student groups are responsible for knowing and adhering to these policies. See the specific policy under Distributing Publications and Installing Banners at the University.

Use of Banners on Campus

If you would like to post a large banner, you need to get approval from a sponsoring University Department via the guidelines listed on the Banner Installation Request form.

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