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This regulation is currently under review as a result of the passage of Fla. Stat. s. 1004.097, the Campus Free Expression Act. Any portions of the regulation which are in conflict with this new law are superseded by the statute and no longer in effect. Please check back here for updates as they become available. 

The distribution of printed material, defined as newspapers, handbills, leaflets, pamphlets, magazines, and printed paper(s) is permitted on campus only at reasonable times, places, and in reasonable manners consistent with the educational mission of the University, the uninterrupted orderly operation of University programs, classes, and studies, the safety of University students, faculty, and staff, and the protection of University property and the property of its students and personnel as provided below.

(1) Any individual, group or organization desiring to distribute printed material on the University campus may distribute under the following conditions:

(a) The individual, group or organization is subject to the Student Code of Conduct if a student or student group or organization at the University and to all laws and regulations of the city, state or nation that govern a person in the exercise of his/her rights of expression. These laws include those related to defamation, obscenity, pornography, violent overthrow of the Government, or of the existing authorities, inciting to riot, or any other law or regulation validly limiting the exercise of free speech.

(b) To avoid littering the campus, printed material may not be left in stacks unattended or placed on vehicles. Equipment used in the dissemination of printed material may not be left unattended and must be removed after its use except in those instances where prior approval has been granted to distribute newspapers and other printed material at specific sites by means of vending machines or distribution boxes, in accordance with subsection (2) of this regulation.

(c) There must be no interference with normal operations of the University, including classroom instruction and the free movement of traffic, or infringement on the rights of others’ office and living privacy.

(d) Distribution of printed material may not take place within University buildings and facilities except in those residence halls or other campus living areas only under the procedures approved by the governing bodies of those areas. Printed material may not be distributed in such a manner as to otherwise interfere with access to University buildings or facilities. Distribution of printed materials in classrooms is at the discretion of the instructor.

(e) Unless the printed material is in fact sponsored by the University or one of its departments or organizations, any printed material which identifies the author and/or publisher as University personnel, or has subject matter, including photographs, which might imply to the reader that such publication is University or University personnel-sponsored, must contain the following statement prominently exhibited in the first three pages: “This publication is solely the expression of the author and/or publisher and it is not an official publication of the University of North Florida. Nor is it in any way intended to express any policies or opinions of the University of North Florida, or its personnel.” Printed material sponsored by a University department or organization will disclose that it is sponsored by the specified University department or organization.

(f) The selling of printed material is not permitted on campus except through newsboxes or newsstands or as otherwise permitted pursuant to Regulation 12.0060R , “Commercial Activities; Selling of Merchandise, Activities Involving Off-Campus Vendors.”


(2) Use of newsstands or news boxes.

(a) All printed material sold or distributed without charge, which is left unattended, shall be stacked in distribution boxes or stands no larger than standard newspaper vending machine size, constructed of either metal or wood with a bottom flooring.

(b) All newsstands or boxes shall be kept in a neat and clean condition, and shall be used in a regular and periodic manner. Any stand or box not so kept and used will be removed and stored by appropriate University personnel.

(c) Newsstands or boxes may be placed only in areas specifically designated for such purposes by the Office of Vice-President for Administration and Finance, dependent upon the availability of space. Additional space may be allotted on a temporary basis upon request to the Office of the Vice-President for Administration and Finance.


(3) Because of safety and security concerns, additional regulatory measures will be observed for special areas of the campus.

The following are considered special areas: Residence halls and outdoor areas in the vicinity of residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and villages; the Aquatics Center; the Cafeteria; the areas surrounding and including the Nature Trails and Lakes.


(4) Any individual, group, or organization engaged in the distribution of printed material in violation of this rule will be prevented from continuing such distribution if necessary to protect the uninterrupted orderly operation of the University, the safety of the University students and personnel, and the property of the University and its students and personnel.


 Specific Authority 1001.74(4) FS.

Law Implemented 1001.74(6) FS. History-New 11-25-82,

Formerly 6C9-7.15, Amended 9-26-88, Amended 6-13-04; Formerly 6C9-7.015