Large Outdoor Gatherings: Policies and Practices

Sent on behalf of the Office of the Provost and the Department of Student Life & Enrollment

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Good afternoon,

We write today to remind members of the community about University policies and practices as they relate to larger-scale outdoor gatherings on UConn’s campuses.

Such gatherings are of course permitted. However, safety, health, and basic community standards need to be recognized and maintained, both in the interest of those who are gathering as well as other community members who may be impacted.

UConn’s policies and practice prohibit the following at outdoor gatherings:

  • Weapons
  • Tents/tarps/encampments
  • Generators
  • Electrical cords
  • Propane equipment
  • Stoves
  • Heaters
  • Open flames

No gathering can interfere with University business, including by using amplified sound that is disruptive to classes, residence halls, offices, or other aspects of University operations.

No gathering can impede or block access to a public space for any member of the community, including University Safety personnel. This includes interfering with anyone’s ability to enter or exit a given area.

Beginning at midnight tonight, the University observes a traditional period of quiet hours. They are in effect 24 hours a day each day until Commencement in recognition of the study period in advance of final exams, and the exams themselves.

At all times, our students must adhere to the University’s Student Code of Conduct; likewise, employees are bound by UConn’s Code of Conduct for faculty and staff. All community members must always follow directives or instructions given by University Safety personnel.

Once again, larger-scale outdoor gatherings are permitted on our campuses provided they are peaceful; are held in accordance with University policy and practice; do not disrupt campus operations; and do not restrict access to a public space for any member of the University community, including University employees.

Should an outdoor gathering or its participants fail to observe these standards, the University will take appropriate action to address this.

Our highest priority is the well-being of our community and fulfilling our mission for our students. Our campuses must always be home to free speech, academic freedom, and free expression – all within the context of reasonable, basic standards.