Northcentral Technical College (NTC) recognizes and supports the right of public assembly and expression. This guideline is not intended to limit or discourage the free exchange of ideas between students, NTC staff and/or the public.
This guideline provides information on how groups may publicly assemble in a way that does not interfere with the educational experience of our learners or the work of the College.
The following areas are designated as NTC public assembly areas during normal business hours:
|Wausau Campus||100 feet of sidewalk west of Medallion Court flag circle between Main Campus entrances C and D and walkways through Medallion Court||1. Outside NTC Campus Store
2. Center for Health Sciences (CHS) space near elevator in main hallway
|Agriculture Center of Excellence||Outside of Student Center||Back center table inside student lounge|
|Diesel Technology Center||Location outside of student entrance||Near the small student lunch/break area (NOTE: Any group approved for this location would need to be scheduled around classes due to severely limited indoor non-classroom space.)|
|Public Safety Center of Excellence (Merrill)||Space in front of Command Center entrance by railing||Inside Command Center entrance to the left, in the foyer|
|Phillips Campus||Sidewalk to the north of the main entrance||Student Lounge, one table|
|Medford Campus||Sidewalk in front of the building, west of the main entrance near the exterior student lounge door||Student Lounge, one table|
|Spencer Campus||Sidewalk in front of the building, south of the main entrance door||Student Lounge, one table|
|Wittenberg Campus||Sidewalk south of the IVC classroom door||Student Lounge, small table near the display case|
|Antigo Campus||Sidewalk to the southeast of the main entrance in front of the flag pole||Student Lounge, one table|
All public assembly activities must comply with the following:
Acts will not be tolerated that violate the rights of others or disrupt the normal operations of the College, including classes, meetings, or College business. Examples of prohibited disruptive activity include, but are not limited to:
- Blocking entrances or otherwise interfering with the free flow of traffic into and out of campus buildings or streets;
- Obstructing or disrupting teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other NTC activities;
- Unauthorized entry to, possession of, receipt of, or use of any NTC services, equipment, resources, or properties;
- Engaging in physical abuse, threats of violence, disorderly or lewd conduct, or other conduct that endangers the health or safety of any person; or
- Other disturbances of the peace, unlawful assembly, or other unlawful activities.
Faculty, staff, students, and visitors engaging in a disruptive activity may be subject to disciplinary action. Any participant in an unlawful or disruptive activity may also face criminal charges. Individuals or groups who violate this policy may be denied access.
- A public assembly area may be reserved during normal business hours, not to exceed twice per calendar year. In most cases, the use of the space will be assigned to the person or organization that requests the area first. The College reserves the right to relocate any assembly to ensure the activity does not interfere with College operations or the rights of others. Minors are regularly on NTC campuses for special events, and NTC will consider this demographic as part of the public assembly approval process. Applications to reserve the public assembly area may be directed to: Director or Assistant Director of NTC Security, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401. If you have questions, please contact NTC Security at 715.803.1013.
- Picketing, displaying signs in an orderly manner, or mass distribution of literature within the public assembly area is permitted with the appropriate request to reserve (see #2 above). Literature, petitions and requests for registrations may be distributed in the public assembly area only. Posting materials on walls, windows, doors, sidewalks, trees, light poles, automobiles, or any other areas outside of the public assembly area will not be allowed.
- NTC will not permit the display of signs or mass distribution of literature with offensive content that is likely to or intended to violate the rights of others, endanger the health or safety of others, or interfere with or disrupt normal functioning of NTC operations. NTC will not permit solicitation of petitions, usage of excessive noise, or other attempts to protest, demonstrate, or engage in other types of activities intending to convey a message to an audience of people on College grounds outside the public assembly area. The use of sound amplification equipment within public assembly areas must be approved in advance, and noise volume levels may not disturb or disrupt College activities or business. Volume may be restricted, if necessary, in order to keep from interfering with orderly conduct of programs taking place at nearby facilities or grounds.
- NTC is under no obligation to make any public assembly areas available for commercial speech, and NTC may regulate commercial speech to a greater extent than non-commercial speech. Commercial speech is any form of speech, expression, or activity that primarily intends to market, sell, or promote non-NTC goods or services. Commercial speech includes solicitation for non-NTC contributions or donations. Persons wishing to engage in commercial speech activities on NTC grounds must be granted express written permission by the Director or Assistant Director of NTC Security. NTC will generally prohibit commercial speech activities unless such activities promote NTC’s educational objectives. Under this policy, NTC may consider the effect of commercial activity on safe and orderly campus operations and when necessary, will apply restrictions of commercial speech without discrimination toward content of views expressed.
- Notices to student and employees of public assembly events will occur in advance through regular communication methods.
All applicable College regulations, state, federal, and municipal ordinances must be followed when engaging in activities on campus. Failure to do so may result in immediate removal from the campus and any other appropriate action by College officials and/or security.