Policy Title

Assembly Policy


To ensure proper procedures are followed for peaceful assembly on campus.


Internal and external

Policy Number:5.2.2
Effective Date:01/01/2016
Date Reviewed: 01/01/2016
Last Review Date:
Responsible Official: Student Affairs
Responsible Office:
Contact Information:

Student Affairs

238 DiGiorgio Center

Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA


803/323-2395 (fax)


1.0 Specific meanings of bold terms seen throughout this policy can be found within the University's policy definition glossary by following the link below.

1.1 http://www.winthrop.edu/policy-definitions-glossary

Winthrop University acknowledges the right of enrolled individual students, as well as, University clubs, organizations, and departments to assemble in groups on the University campus for rallies, demonstrations, and gatherings, and has, therefore, designated areas on campus for the above mentioned groups and individuals to peacefully assemble and conduct business.

Assemblies without prior written approval are permitted in the following locations on campus: (1) Scholars Walk, (2) Campus Green, (3) the Amphitheatre, and (4) lawn area in front of Byrnes Auditorium. All such assemblies may be conducted with sound amplification equipment as long as instructional and other university activities are not impeded, including entrance into any university buildings or the free flow of traffic.

For help with logistics, such as sound equipment, tables, and movable stands, any individuals or groups looking to assemble are encouraged to contact the Assistant Dean of Students (803.323.4503). Any groups desiring assembly space in any campus building or in open areas other than the above mentioned must submit an on-line request (http://www2.winthrop.edu/spacereservations/).

External Groups:

As a state university, Winthrop also acknowledges the right of individuals and groups who are not affiliated with the University to peacefully assemble on campus. These individuals and groups may assemble on the Campus Green B (closest to the Amphitheatre) and the Amphitheatre and MUST notify the Assistant Dean of Students (803.323.4503) at least two days prior to assembling. Any and all sound equipment used must be cleared through the University


No part of this Assembly Policy should be interpreted to restrict one’s rights to assemble, based on the content or the subject matter presented. However, at such gatherings, Winthrop University expects the rights and privileges of all persons to be respected and that there will be no endangerments to health or public safety. In addition, such gatherings and assemblies must in NO way disrupt the function of the University or endanger University property. Consistent with the U.S. Constitution, Winthrop University reserves the right to regulate the time, place, and manner in which persons exercise their free speech rights to the extent necessary to assure the safety of the campus community and the orderly operations of the institution.

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