University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Inviting Speakers and Political Activities
Policy Number: LR 504.6
Effective Date: April 1, 2010 (review date)
Any Registered Student Organization (RSO) may use university facilities for open or closed meetings or performances subject only to local campus scheduling regulations and policies for inviting speakers and political activities. Obtain an Open Meeting with Off-Campus Speaker Application Form from the Office of Campus Life (OCL). If an off-campus speaker or performer is to be invited to address an open meeting of an RSO, the faculty advisor must give approval before an invitation is extended and publicity is released. In the event that the group does not currently have an official advisor, the approval of a faculty member is required. The university administration may properly inform an organization concerning its view on any proposed meeting to which an off-campus speaker or performer has been invited but will leave the final decision concerning the meeting to the organization and its faculty advisor.
Publicity and communications concerning any meeting shall clearly identify the sponsoring organization and shall carefully avoid any stated or implied university sponsorship. In all open meetings with an off-campus speaker, a faculty member shall serve as moderator and a reasonable period shall be reserved for questions from the audience.
An invitation to a speaker does not necessarily imply approval or disapproval of the speaker or his views by either the university or the student organization. In case a request for the use of a university facility by an RSO cannot be granted, it is the responsibility of the university officer to whom the request was made to notify promptly in writing the organization making the request, stating the reason for the denial. Speakers may be invited to the campus to discuss political issues. RSOs may solicit membership and dues at meetings. Money may not be raised for projects not directly connected with a university activity, and private business may not be conducted in university facilities.
Source: UALR Student Handbook 2009
Approved By: VCESS, April 1, 2010
Custodian: Office of Campus Life