Chapter 38 – Use of Campus Outdoor Areas Other Than the Pentacrest

(President 8/1/73; amended 9/93; 10/94; 1/02)

Effective March 15, 2021, this policy has been replaced. See V-35 Conditions of Use of University Facilities and Outdoor Spaces.

38.1 General

This policy applies to all outdoor areas of the campus in Iowa City and Coralville except golf courses and the Pentacrest as defined in V-37. Inquiry concerning use of the Macbride Recreation Area and Lakeside Laboratory should be addressed to the respective directors. 

38.2 Use by Eligible Groups

Requests for use of outdoor areas for a purpose beyond the scope of regularly assigned use are submitted as hereafter provided. Only groups eligible to use University facilities as provided in V-35 may apply:

  1. Requests. Eligible groups can request use of a campus area by submitting a written application specifying the exact area desired, properly signed by an authorized representative of the group, to the Vice President for Student Life. Submit applications a week in advance of intended use to provide time for all necessary arrangements. Reasonable effort is made to accommodate requests made at least one working day in advance of the scheduled event. There is no charge for the use of the area unless special expenses or damages are incurred which are charged to the group at actual cost.
  2. The Vice President for Student Life (herein after referred to as Vice President) grants timely and reasonable applications in the order received and denies any application which does not conform with University regulations, these rules, or civil law. In determining the reasonableness of an application, the Vice President considers whether the intended use may have a negative impact on the regular University program and other scheduled events or activities in the areas.
  3. An applicant may be asked for data regarding the anticipated number of participants and spectators, the adequacy of arrangements for crowd control, parking, sanitary facilities, and provision for protection of the health, safety, and security of persons and property. The effect on normal pedestrian and vehicular traffic, educational operations, the availability of alternative facilities, and any other relevant factors which might adversely affect the legitimate interests of the University may be considered by the Vice President. The Vice President will consult with Facilities Management, the Department of Public Safety, and other departments as deemed necessary in making decisions concerning requests.
  4. The Vice President may impose reasonable conditions on the use of the facilities, such as limiting the time or duration of use when necessary for orderly conditions. The Vice President may require an organization to make adequate security arrangements for traffic or crowd control. A deposit may be required from non-University organizations in such reasonable amount as may be determined sufficient by the Vice President, after discussion with interested University-related groups, to insure payment of any special expenses or damages incurred. All federal and state laws and city ordinances must be obeyed, and it is the responsibility of the group to obtain all applicable permits or licenses.
  5. Denied Applications. The Vice President states in writing the reason for the denial of any application. A decision denying an application may be appealed to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations. The Vice President may not deny an application for any reason that would deny constitutionally protected rights of freedom of speech and assembly. 

38.3 Approval

When registration of an event or activity by a representative of Office of the Vice President for Student Life is required by the Code of Student Life (see "Regulation of Student Organizations" in the Policies and Regulations Affecting Students), written approval is obtained prior to submitting application for use to the Office of the Vice President for Student Life. Such applications will not be considered unless accompanied by the appropriate approval form signed by a representative of the Office of the Vice President for Student Life. Approval by the Office of the Vice President for Student Life does not result in automatic approval of the use of space or facilities. 

38.4 Camping

Camping is prohibited except as expressly approved by the Vice President for Student Life. 

38.5 Foreign Structures

No tent, hut, table, platform, vehicle, booth, kiosk, or similar object or structure may be placed or erected, on the campus except as expressly approved by the Vice President for Student Life in connection with an authorized group event or activity. 

38.6 Signs and Banners

No sign, banner, slogan, symbol, display, or other similar device may be painted, affixed, erected, or installed on the campus except as expressly approved by the Vice President for Student Life. This prohibition does not apply to the distribution of leaflets to individuals nor to the carrying of picket signs or placards by individuals, provided such activities are conducted in a legal manner.

38.7 Kautz Plaza

  1. General. The use of Kautz Plaza as a public forum for speech, assembly, and petition is encouraged by the University.

    The policy governing the use of the Pentacrest (V-37) shall apply to the use of that area known as Kautz Plaza, with the following additions.
  2. Definition. Kautz Plaza is that elevated concrete area north of Jefferson Street and south of Market Street bounded by Calvin Hall to the South, Iowa Memorial Union Parking Ramp to the west, Trowbridge Hall to the north, with T. Anne Cleary Walkway (formerly North Capitol Street), Pappajohn Business Administration Building, and Gilmore Hall to the east. The T. Anne Cleary Walkway is not deemed a part of the plaza, for purposes of this policy.
  3. Sale of Goods/Solicitation. Sale of goods or solicitation involving money is prohibited with the exception of special events which may be approved on an annual basis as part of a traditional event.
  4. Number of Events/Tables. More than one event at a time may be scheduled on the plaza. The number of tables or events permitted simultaneously will be the decision of the Vice President for Student Life. Tables may not be placed in the walkway area between the general curb lines.