Clubs and Organizations: Requirements, Responsibilities, Privileges
Religious and Political Groups
Free Speech Zone and Amplified Sound
Room and Equipment Scheduling
Publicity and Posting Guidelines
Clubs and Organizations
Clubs and Organizations are non-profit groups organized and directed by current enrolled students at Southern Oregon University.
- Organized to fulfill a well-stated purpose with activities clearly related to that purpose
- Minimum of 7 SOU students actively involved as members
- Open to all students, faculty, staff, and community at large
- Minimum of 1 officer who must be an SOU student enrolled in at least 8 credits per term
- One advisor part of the SOU Staff or Faculty
- Membership cannot discriminate on the basis of creed, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation
- Uphold all local, state, & federal laws
- Abide by all SOU policies and guidelines
- Have only SOU students as voting members and officers
- Not allow the group to be used as a "front" for an off-campus group to obtain benefits
- Re-Register each fall with updated list of officers and student members
- Update the office of Student Life with any officer changes during the academic year
- Maintain an account for all group generated money through the office of Student Life
- To host meetings and events on campus
- Apply for student fee money
- Use of the Student Publicity Center
- Use of state vehicles for authorized trips and conferences
Registered clubs and organizations are allowed to host events on and off-campus. Groups are responsible for abiding by policies and procedures for each event. Key items for hosting events include planning, fiscal management, contracts, staffing, clean-up, and evaluation of events.
In accordance with U.S. Supreme Court rulings, religious groups whose purpose is to study or perpetuate a particular organized religion or religious philosophy are not eligible for Student Fee funding unless the following two situations both apply:
- The sponsored event is open to all students regardless of any religious affiliation
- The event is openly publicized for the general student population as well as the university community.
Clubs and organizations may not receive Student Fee funds for activities supporting political candidates and/or measures. NO GROUP MAY REPRESENT A POLITICAL CANDIDATE. GROUPS MAY REPRESENT POLITICAL PARTIES.
The Associated Students of Southern Oregon University will sponsor or co-sponsor all political speakers and candidates who desire to appear on campus in order to provide equal access to the campus and expedite arrangements.
The Stevenson Union may be used for the purpose of holding political meetings, provided that:
- There is no interference with regularly scheduled functions
- Students are permitted to hear the speakers without charge
- Sponsors pay any regular fees required for the use of the facilities
- There is equal opportunity for each of the political party candidates to speak
- The activity is educational in nature
Posting campaign signs, announcements, etc. in campus buildings or on campus grounds is prohibited. The public bulletin board inside the Stevenson Union is the only location on campus for posting of campaign signs or political announcements.
The Stevenson Union courtyard, raised lounge, and Elmo's are available for political candidates to visit with students, faculty, and staff. However, these areas are not to be used for speech making and no material is to be distributed.
Individuals from off-campus may solicit signatures for ballot measures in the free speech zone outside of the Stevenson Union in the courtyard only.
Free Speech Zone
The Southern Oregon University Free Speech Zone is located in the Stevenson Union courtyard outside near the bookstore entrance only.
Individuals and groups, whether they are affiliated with SOU or not, are free to express ideas in this space as long as that expression falls within legal limits and does not interfere with our educational process.
Amplified Sound in the Courtyard
Amplified music is not allowed in the Stevenson Union courtyard as it disrupts classes taking place in Taylor Hall. Groups can utilize microphone for speeches, but musical instruments are not allowed to be amplified. Some acoustical instruments may be allowed with prior approval through the office of Student Life.
Groups are allowed to utilize a boom box provided by the Stevenson Union for music or standard computer speakers for music in the courtyard. Both options may be subject to be turned off or down if the amplified sound gets too loud.
The showing of movies may require a public viewing license. For information about public film viewings please contact the office of Student Life.
Movies publicized and shown in a public setting by SOU groups are required to purchase the “rights” or public viewing license. There are various companies that sell movie licenses.
The United States Copyright law provides the exemption of purchasing movie rights if the purpose is for direct face to face teaching activities, but does not include performances for recreation or entertainment purposes, even if there is cultural value or intellectual appeal.
The United States Copyright Law section § 110(1) with specific language for public viewing license exemptions is found in Title 17 of the United States Code and is stated below.
§ 110. Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the following are not infringements of copyright:
(1) performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction, unless, in the case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, the performance, or the display of individual images, is given by means of a copy that was not lawfully made under this title, and that the person responsible for the performance knew or had reason to believe was not lawfully made;
To schedule events, meetings, displays, or other informational material in the Stevenson Union and Britt Ballroom, you must contact the Student Life Office in SU 312, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Scheduling events and meetings should be done a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. If it is a large-scale event, there should be a minimum one-month advance scheduling. This lead time not only lets building schedulers ensure your requests can be filled, but allows enough time to make sure your publicity has enough time to reach students.
Events and Meetings
- Rooms are available in a first-come, first-served basis.
- Activities with historical consistency will also be given priority for scheduling.
- When in use after hours, the club or organization will be charged an hourly fee of $10.00 per Event Member Crew. The rate will begin from time the group takes possession of the facility for decorating/set-up through clean-up after the event.
- Outdoor events are scheduled through the Involvement Center with an Activity Bid. Some criteria are used during the approval of an outdoor event and are listed below:
- Time of day or night
- Volume level of sound – especially around academic buildings including library
- Size of group including audience
- Effect on landscape and property
- Events held on the courtyard of the Stevenson Union may have restrictions on sound equipment used based on when the event occurs.
- A noise permit may be required from the City of Ashland.
- Audio-visual equipment and room set-up needs can be arranged during the scheduling of the event or meeting.
- Audio-visual and furniture needed for an event are free of charge to registered student clubs and organizations if owned by the Stevenson Union.
- Any additional equipment that is required needs to be ordered through the Media Center, with appropriate charges being assessed to the group.
- Clubs and organizations are able to utilize the Student Publicity Center located in SU 303. All costs incurred will be applied to the appropriate club or organization for use of the facility.
- All materials submitted to the Student Publicity Center will be subject to scrutiny according to: “Standards for Practice of Public Relations” and the “AAUP-NSA Joint Statement on Freedom of the Student Press”.
- Registered clubs and organizations can have materials printed at Duplicating Services after obtaining a signed work request from the Involvement Center. It is the group’s responsibility to submit the request to Duplicating Services.
- The SOU Publications Office should be consulted before preparing materials to go off-campus, i.e. brochures, mailings, etc.
- All publicity must include the name of the sponsoring group.
- For disability accommodations call 552-6221.
- All publicity must be approved through the Student Life Office for posting in the Stevenson Union.
- All publicity must include the name of the sponsoring group. Only campus related events or info may be advertised on campus bulletin boards.
- Advertisements must be placed within the boundaries of the appropriate bulletin boards.
- Existing signs may not be covered, moved, or removed when posting new signs. All signs must conform to Oregon State laws, Ashland City ordinances, and Southern Oregon University policies. Signs in violation of these policies will be removed.
- The university reserves the right to remove all signs at the end of each month, or at times deemed appropriate.
- Special exceptions to the posting policy may be granted by the Director of Student Life as appropriate.
- All reservations for the Boulevard Sign are made through the Student Publicity Center. The boulevard sign is for major events. The Student Publicity Center will make all signs and hang them, which incurs a fee for the requesting club or organization.
- All reservations for the Kiosk Sign are made through the Student Publicity Center. The Student Publicity Center will make all signs and hang them, which incurs a fee for the requesting club or organization
- Plastic sign holders (“table toppers”) located in Elmo’s are used to promote SOU campus activities. Contact the Student Publicity Center to reserve a space, which is considered on a first-come, first-served, space available basis.
- Any political advertisements for candidates running for office must be posted only on the public bulletin board. This does not include student government elections.
The Director of Student Life is responsible for interpreting campus policies related to posting. Policies related to solicitation on campus are notes in the Administrative Rules for Southern Oregon University. Appeals of any decisions made by the Director of Student Life will be referred to the Student Affairs Office.
- The SU monitors can be used to advertise for special campus events.
- No more than two power point slides per event can be displayed on the monitor at one time.
- Contact the Student Life Office to have an event put on the SU monitors.