Procedures for Obtaining Authorization to Use CVCC Facilities for Non-Commercial Expression Activities ("Expression Activities")
These procedures have been established in accordance with the CVCC Policy titled Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Distribution/Petitioning.
Authorization for Expression Activities must be obtained from the Vice President of Student and Technology Services (“Vice President”). The Vice President shall document such authorization on a Non-Commercial Expression Activities Authorization Form (“Form”) and provide such Form to person(s) authorized. Persons engaging in Expression Activities must have such Form available for verification upon request by CVCC Officials or law enforcement officers.
A written request for authorization must be received by the Vice President sufficiently in advance of the requested activities to permit appropriate planning on the part of CVCC. Such planning at a minimum would include an assessment of the impact on normal CVCC operations and previously scheduled activities, the need for additional security, and the availability of locations requested for the expression activities. The length of time required for such planning by CVCC will vary depending on the complexity of the expression activities requested , the number of persons involved, the number of locations involved, and the potential for such activities to create a disruptive and/or dangerous environment. Such request must include the following information.
- Date(s) and times for Expression Activities
- Person or persons to be engaging in Expression Activities
- A brief description of the content of the intended Expression Activities or a statement that the Expression Activities will not include commercial expression or expression (e.g., obscenity, defamation, fighting words, harassment) which the Supreme Court has held constitutes content which can be proscribed
- A statement agreeing to comply with the CVCC Policy titled Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Distribution/Petitioning (Policy 4.4)
The President has established the following restrictions regarding Expression Activities.
- Expression Activities may only be conducted in locations that will not disrupt the normal operations of CVCC or activities previously scheduled by CVCC.
- Expression Activities may not be conducted at times when CVCC is closed. These closed times at a minimum would normally include 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday, all day on Sundays, and days identified in the CVCC institutional calendar as institutional holidays.
If in CVCC’s planning for requested expression activities it is determined that additional security or other resources will be needed, then authorization may be contingent upon those requesting agreeing to bear the costs incurred for those additional resources.
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Social Media Procedures
CVCC supports the appropriate use of social media in accordance with section 4.18 of the CVCC Policies.
“Social media” is a conversation between the college and students, prospective students, parents, the community and many other entities and individuals. It is a very public social arena where the rules of engagement change frequently.
Social media offers a chance to build a sense of community and to empower our students and ourselves by offering an open exchange of ideas and fostering interaction. This tool allows us to share both insights and information in a globally distributed conversation. To foster that atmosphere, the following should be observed:
1. When establishing a social media site, the Community Relations Department will assist in the creation of the primary account, or administrative access must be given to a member of the Community Relations staff.
2. All social media sites representing the college must clearly state this by including “CVCC” in the name of the site.
3. CVCC social media sites should be open to posting to encourage engagement.
4. Posts that are obscene, harassing sexually or racially, personally insulting, profane or derogatory will be deleted.
5. Conduct on official CVCC social media sites that is not acceptable at CVCC will result in disciplinary action according to student and/or employee disciplinary policies.
6. Use of social media on behalf of CVCC is subject to Policy 4.3 Public Representation of CVCC and Policy 4.18 Technology Resources (Acceptable Use).
General Guidance for Social Media:
1. Remember, it is a conversation, but avoid unnecessary or unproductive arguments.
2. Be authentic—be YOU.
• Be transparent.
• Speak for yourself and ensure the audience knows that you are not speaking on behalf of others.
3. Respect your audience.
• Take responsibility; you are what you write.
• If you alter a previous post, note that you have done so.
• If you make a mistake, be the first to correct it.
• If you think your comment may be inappropriate, stop before you hit SEND. You may delete the comment, but an impression is made once it is read by others.
• Do not engage in any conduct that is unacceptable at CVCC (no obscenity, racial slurs, personal insults, profanity, etc.).
• Do not post confidential or proprietary information about CVCC, our students, alumni or fellow employees.
4. Like email, posts to CVCC social media sites are public record. Any communication via the sites may be subject to monitoring and disclosure to third parties.
5. When posting in an official capacity as a faculty or staff member, uphold CVCC’s mission and vision. Keep your personal views separate.
6. Know and follow CVCC’s guidelines for employee and student behavior.
7. Respect and follow copyright and fair use laws.
8. Represent CVCC well and make us proud!
6.1 Use of State Property - Bulletin Boards
CVCC’s Security Office maintains a list of the general purpose bulletin boards on Main Campus and East Campus and the persons responsible for maintaining the information on those boards. Flyers/posters, etc. which meet approved criteria, need to be sent to the CVCC Security Office to be distributed to the persons responsible for maintaining the boards. 24 copies are needed to cover all bulletin boards.
CVCC policies permit posting of information related to college events, opportunities at the college, and non-profit/civic/charitable activities. Distributions of materials which promote for-profit commercial activities are not permitted.
CVCC students, faculty, and staff are permitted by policy to use these general purpose bulletin boards to advertise the sale of used personal items such as books. This information need not come to the Security Office prior to posting but will be monitored by those responsible for maintaining the bulletin boards.
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6.2 Catawba Valley Community College
Regulation Regarding Use of College Facilities
- The first priority for reserving the campus facilities will be given to the College and College-sponsored activities.
- To the extent that space is available, CVCC welcomes community groups and organizations to use campus facilities. Scheduling will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis after curriculum and continuing education classes and student activities are scheduled.
- CVCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religious affiliation, age, or national origin. Approval to use College facilities is not an endorsement by CVCC of the user’s organization or group.
- CVCC reserves the right to deny usage to any group or organization if there is reason to believe that such use would interfere with normal operations of College activities or which, in the opinion of College administration, is not in keeping with the philosophy of CVCC.
- No fund-raising activity is allowed unless prior approval is provided by CVCC.
Procedures for Reserving Facilities
- Requests for usage must be submitted at least ten working days prior to the event.
- Each group, organization, or individual desiring to use the facilities must complete and submit an “Application for Use of College Facilities” prior to usage, along with proof of liability insurance by the user for the intended use of the facilities.
- Any special requests for equipment, conditions, or assistance necessary in connection with facilities usage should be submitted with the “Application for Use of College Facilities”.
- College facilities may be used only for the stated purpose on the “Application for Use of College Facilities”.
- The College reserves the right to change the assigned room or cancel a reservation if an emergency or urgent need justifies such a change. Every effort will be made to suitably accommodate the affected group should such a situation arise.
- A reservation agreement with a user may not be transferred or assigned to any other person or agency without the consent of CVCC.
- To request the use of the CVCC Multipurpose Complex, contact the Director of the Multipurpose Complex directly.
- A deposit may be required for the approved event.
- If a deposit is required, the deposit will be applied toward the total charges incurred by the user.
- Payment is due upon receipt of the invoice mailed to the applicant from the CVCC Business Office.
- If an individual, group, or organization cancels a reservation, this must be done at least 72 hours prior to the requested facilities usage.
- Cancellation fees may be assessed if cancellations are received after the 72 hour deadline.
- Smoking is not permitted on Campus property.
- The possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances in the buildings or grounds of CVCC are prohibited.
- Gambling is prohibited.
- The possession of weapons is prohibited.
- Food and drinks in the Auditorium and laboratories where safety issues are of concern are prohibited.
- Food and drinks in the arena of the Multipurpose Complex are not permitted unless approved by the Director of the Multipurpose Complex.
- Special events that require the serving of food and beverages in classrooms and other approved areas are allowable. Trash must be disposed of by securing trash bags and depositing them in the dumpster (or nearest trash receptacle) by those responsible for the event, unless prior arrangements have been made with maintenance.
- Any person using profanity, participating in physical violence, or under the influence of alcoholic beverages orillegal drugs while on the College’s premises shall be removed by proper authority.
- Any activity that violates federal or North Carolina laws is prohibited.
Care of Facilities
- In the event damage to College property is incurred as a result of the use of the facility by any group, the using group shall be assessed an amount which shall cover the damage and related costs.
- The user is prohibited from using tape, nails, tacks, or screws to attach items to floors, walls, ceilings, desks, or other College property.
- The user shall not paint, wallpaper, mark, or deface any College property.
- Furniture should not be removed from rooms without prior permission. If the existing arrangement of furniture in rooms is altered, the user shall return the room to the original arrangement.
- The user shall leave the premises in a clean,neat, and orderly manner.
- The user must specify at the time of application for facility usage if use of College equipment is needed.
- The user shall be assessed a charge (in addition to the rental fee) for use of College equipment.
Supervision of Event
- Each group or organization shall designate a person or persons to be held responsible for the supervision of the activity including the maintenance of order and the safety of the people present. The using group obligates itself to maintain order and decorum.
- All youth groups, 21 years of age or under, must have an adequate number of approved chaperones. The individual who signs the Application Form assumes responsibility for conduct and damages.
- CVCC will require a minimum of one employee to be on duty when a facility is used at times other than regular operation hours. However, the employee is not responsible for the supervision of the activity. Any group or organization using the facilities at times other than during normal operational hours shall pay, in addition to other application fees, a charge of $30 per hour for administrative supervision of the facility.
- The College retains the right to determine the appropriate number of staff necessary to properly manage the activity/event. If additional staff are required to manage the activity, the user shall pay, in addition to other applicable fees, the costs for the additional staff up to $30.00 per hour per staff member.
- CVCC will be responsible for determining the number, selection, supervision, and compensation of security officers for each activity/event. Groups or individuals will not be allowed to employ or bring their own security personnel to the campuses unless approved by the Director of Campus Safety and Security. Exception: Each public or private school may bring its School Resource Officer (SRO) to school sponsored events. CVCC will not compensate the SRO for the time he/she spends at the event.
- CVCC security officers will enforce all law enforcement policies and regulations. This includes but is not limited to using or selling drugs including alcohol, possession of guns without an appropriate permit, stealing, and parking and traffic regulations. When an event sponsor or CVCC staff notifies a security officer of alleged illegal activities, sponsoring groups/individuals must describe the alleged crime and identify the alleged person(s) or provide a detailed description of the alleged person(s).
- Event sponsors will be responsible for defining, communicating, monitoring, and enforcing acceptable behavior of attendees. Sponsoring groups/individuals should contact security officers when attendees become defiant by refusing to adhere to acceptable behavior. Sponsoring groups/individuals must describe the alleged behavior and identify the alleged person(s) or provide a detailed description of the alleged person(s).
- CVCC’s security officers will provide additional handicapped spaces or special parking when requested a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours prior to the event.
- CVCC security officers will direct traffic on the College’s campuses as needed. The Hickory/Newton/Taylorsville Police Departments and/or the Catawba County/Alexander County Sheriff’s Departments are responsible for directing traffic entering and exiting the campuses as needed.
- CVCC security officers will not be responsible for collecting tickets and/or money at events where tickets and/or money are required for admittance. Event sponsors will be responsible for collecting tickets and/or money. If individuals become defiant, security officers must be notified immediately by event sponsors, the alleged behavior described, and the alleged persons(s) identified or a detailed description provided of the alleged person(s).
- All concessions and sales on the CVCC campus must be approved by the administration as part of the application for facilities usage. In most cases involving concessions, CVCC will arrange such service and shall retain all profit.
- The College reserves the right to prohibit and/or limit the consumption of food or drink in specific areas. The user group must have prior approval from the College before providing food/drink for participants. Any damages as a result of drinking and eating will be charged to the user group.
- No college-owned kitchen equipment shall be used by the user group without prior approval of the College.
- The user shall not advertise the activity/event as being held at CVCC until the contracts involving all parties have been executed or the appropriate College officials have approved the activity.
- Political candidates or political parties receiving approval to use the College facilities must declare the College non-partisan in any advertising in which the College’s name appears.
- The user should reserve the facilities for the purpose of setup/rehearsal at the same time that the facility is reserved for the event/activity.
- Rehearsal and setup hours will count toward the total hours used for a program or event.
- Vehicles are to park only in marked parking spaces. Vehicles not correctly parked are subject to ticketing and towing. The user is responsible for informing participants of parking regulations.
- A certificate of insurance verifying coverage in case of injury or other damage must be provided in advance of the use of the Multipurpose Complex, soccer or softball fields.
- For other facilities, the College may require proof of liability insurance by the user based on the risks involved for the intended use of the facilities.
- The minimum insurance coverage by the user should be one million dollars.
- In renting or making available for use of any College property, neither the College President, the Board of Trustees, nor any College personnel shall assume responsibility for loss or damage to any property placed on the premises by the user or participants, nor for personal injury which may occur during the use of the facility.
- Authorization shall be given for entrance to specific areas only and use of the specific facilities only, within a building.
- Misuse of College facilities or violations of the regulations for facility usage shall result in prohibition from any future use of College facilities by that group, organization, or individual.
- Additional requirements for rental of facilities for various events may be necessary. These requirements shall be included as an attachment to the Application for Use of College Facilities form.
- The University of North Carolina General Administration in coordination with the North Carolina Community College System has developed a fee schedule for use of community college facilities for credit and non-credit courses. Please use the Public and Private Colleges & Universities Reservation Form.
- All fees obtained for rental of facilities are used to support the mission of Catawba Valley Community College.
An organization, group, or individual wishing to appeal a decision of the administration regarding facility usage or damage assessment may do so in writing to the Office of Business Affairs.
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