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Student Government Graffiti and Poster Policy - Summary

[excerpt from Student Government Graffiti and Poster Policy (.pdf)]

Purpose and Scope of Policy

  • Carnegie Mellon University is a community where many different opportunities are available outside the classroom. As a result, groups compete for the use of effective advertising space on campus. The purpose of this policy is to help regulate the use of advertising space on Carnegie Mellon University's Pittsburgh campus. The Student Government Graffiti and Poster Policy regulates the use of advertising space on Carnegie Mellon University's Pittsburgh campus.

Graffiti

Graffiti is not a permissible form of advertising on Carnegie Mellon University's campus.Graffiti is defined as any defacement of Carnegie Mellon University property, the defacement of posters hung on campus bulletin boards, and/or the use of drawings or messages in a public space that are libelous in nature or violate the Carnegie Mellon Code. Graffiti is distinguished from painting the fence and chalking on Carnegie Mellon University sidewalks. Permissible forms of advertising on Carnegie Mellon University's campus include chalking, painting the fence and distributing posters and banners.

Noting the use of Activities Fees

If one hundred (100) percent of the budget for a student organization, activity or event is financed by the Activities Fee, then all advertising and printed material associated with that organization, activity or event must include the phrase "Funded by your Student Activities Fee".

If the Activities Fee finances a portion of the budget for a student organization, activity or event, but less than one hundred (100) percent of that budget, then all advertising and printed material associated with that organization, activity or event must include either the phrase "Funded in part by your Student Activities Fee", or "Funded by your Student Activities Fee".

Chalking

Chalking is only permitted on sidewalks. Chalking is not permitted in areas that are not directly exposed to rainfall, including covered sidewalks and vertical portions of outdoor stairs. Chalking of this sort is a form of graffiti. The sidewalk chalk used for chalking must be water-soluble and must be removable by the natural elements. Products such as spray chalk, washable crayons, and other semi-permanent products deemed not removable by the natural elements are considered a form of graffiti.

Painting the Fence

Painting the Fence, a long standing tradition at Carnegie Mellon University, is not considered graffiti so long as only paintbrushes are used. The use of spray paint, airbrushes, paint rollers, and similar tools to paint the Fence is a form of graffiti. While painting the Fence, all painting materials must be kept within the gravel area surrounding the Fence. Painting anything other than the Fence is a form of graffiti.

Posters

Carnegie Mellon University recognized groups, organizations, academic and administrative departments, and students are only permitted to post active posters on Student Government bulletin board. Posters are not permitted on doors, walls, and/or windows at Carnegie Mellon University. Location of permitted bulletin boards can be found on the Student Government website. Posters must meet the following criteria:

  • The posted items do not exceed a size of 11” x 17”;
  • The name and contact information of the sponsoring Carnegie Mellon University recognized group, organization, department, or member of the campus community is clearly indicated on the poster, unless that poster has been registered with the Graffiti and Poster Policy Administrator via the Student Senate Campus Life Committee and/or the Graduate Student Assembly Vice President of Campus Affairs;
  • There is a maximum of one (1) active poster per event, per bulletin board location;    New posters are not posted over other active posters;
  • New posters are not poste dover other active posters:
  • The posted items are removed from bulletin board locations are no more than seven (7) days after they are no longer active posters.

Locations of Student Government Bulletin Boards

Doherty Hall
Next to rooms 1112 and 1209
Inside of room 1212
Outside of rooms 2210 and 2315

Margaret Morrison
On the left and right stairwells off of the main
entrance
Outside of room 212A

Wean Hall 240
4th, 5th, and 7th floors, to the right of the elevators
5th floor lobby
5200 corridor
6200 corridor

Baker Hall
Next to room 155
Next to room 40
Next to room 143
Next to the Dept. of Statistics on 1st and 2nd floors

Porter Hall
Both sides of the hall near rooms 125C and 126C
Near room 226C
Outside of Gregg Hall (Porter 100)
Near bottom of main stairwell on the A level

Hunt Library
First floor stairwell

Hamerschlag Hall
Main hallway on B level

University Center
Bulletin Boards in the University Center are not
under the control of Student Government. To post
posters in the University Center, submit three posters
to the Information Desk in the University Center.

Enforcement Summary

Student Senate’s Graffiti and Poster Policy Administrator will monitor Student Government bulletin boards and report any violations and/or graffiti to the appropriate parties. Groups or individuals violating this policy will be notified in writing, noting if a fine is being assessed and the process for appealing that fine.