The College believes in the right to protest and is committed to the protection of all peaceful forms of protest. The Emerson Community must be open to a free exchange of ideas in which diverse viewpoints can contend for acceptance in an atmosphere free of any recourse to physical force. 

The College reserves the right to condition the time, place, and manner of demonstrations which are, or reasonably appear to be, organized by or on behalf of persons or organizations that are not affiliated with the College, or which are intended, or are deemed likely, to disrupt or interfere with College operations or to adversely impact the mission of the College. The College reserves the right to require conditions related to time, place, and manner be met both prior to or during a demonstration.

In turn, the College will insist that all protests be orderly and carried out with the following regulations:

  1. The blocking of corridors, entrances, or stairs to any building or area or the use of loud noise or noise devices (such as a bullhorn) to disrupt normal business operations, conferences, meetings, or classroom sessions is prohibited.
  2. Demonstrations may not be conducted in faculty or administrative offices, classrooms, the Iwasaki Library, residence hall communities, or other academic/performance areas.
  3. Picket lines in College corridors are prohibited. 
  4. All relevant policies regarding appropriate treatment of individuals and physical spaces continue to apply.

Students, faculty, or other members of the College community who violate these regulations will be subject to disciplinary action.

For the purpose of this policy, performance areas include, but are not limited to: 

  • Cutler Majestic Theatre
  • Greene Theater
  • Semel  Theater
  • Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater
  • Robert J Orchard (Paramount) Theater
  • Colonial Theatre
  • Bordy Theatre
  • Judee Wales Watson Theatre (formerly the SPC Theatre)
  • SPC Black Box Theater