Posting Policy

UMaine Machias Posting Policy

Displaying event posters, flyers, announcements, etc. (herein referred to as advertisements) about upcoming events is a popular way to get the message out to the UMaine Machias community about those events. As such, UMaine Machias has established this posting policy to manage the display of advertisements on campus in a way that fairly utilizes available space, prevents damage to University property, and meets established fire code.

Individuals/Groups posting event advertisements, on campus, need to follow these established guidelines:

  • Posted advertisements on campus must receive approval from the Student Life Office prior to distributing materials. Academic Offices are responsible for approval of departmental advertisements and must follow proper taping and location placements described below.
  • Advertisements must contain the name of the individual/group sponsoring the event, the date, time frame the sponsored event shall take place, and its location.
  • Advertisements must be removed within 48 hours of the end of the event, unless given prior approval as an ongoing event. Individuals/Groups are responsible for the distribution and removal of their advertisements, and may not cover up advertisements of other groups. Individuals should only remove other postings if the date of the event has passed.
  • Each individual/group will be allowed one set of advertisements per semester that is larger than 11×17, and will be limited to one advertisements per building. Any further advertisements larger than 11×17 will not be approved due to limited space.
  • There are a number of bulletin boards around campus that advertisements can be displayed on. These bulletin boards can be found in:
    • Powers Hall: By each entrance or on the events board by the O’Brien side entrance of the building.
    • Science Building: Outside of the entrance to room 102 or just inside the main entrance to the building.
    • Reynolds Center: By the lefthand entrance to the basketball gym or just outside of classroom 14.
    • Kilburn Commons: To the right inside the main entrance on the far wall.
    • Dorward Hall: In the front entryway.
    • Sennett Hall: In the front entryway.
    • In Dorward & Sennett Halls, hanging advertisements on bulletin boards used by Residential Education staff on each individual hallway is not permitted.
  • All approved advertisements that are not being posted on approved bulletin boards must be hung up using blue painters tape. Blue painters tape should not be visible if posted on a wall or solid door (windows are the only exception). No advertisements may be posted on the glass of doors, as this is a violation of the fire code; the windows next to doors are acceptable, with the exception of within the Residence Halls.
  • The University reserves the right to deny posting privileges or remove materials that are demeaning.
    The only forms of speech not protected by the First Amendment and which the University can therefore prohibit are (1) Fighting words, which are words intentionally directed toward another person which incite him/her to immediately retaliate physically; (2) Defamation; (3) Obscenity, which must meet all three parts of the following three-part test: (a) whether ‘the average person, applying contemporary community standards’ would find that the work, ‘taken as a whole,’ appeals to ‘prurient interest’ (b) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law, and (c) whether the work, ‘taken as a whole,’ lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. Pornography is not necessarily obscene; (d) Child pornography; (e) Perjury; (f) Blackmail; (g) Incitement to imminent lawless action; (h) True threats; (i) Solicitations to commit crimes; (j) Plagiarism; and (k) Treason.Harassment and discrimination are forms of misconduct defined and prohibited by the Student Conduct Code, other University policies and by the law
  • Failure by an individual/group to follow the procedures for posting materials may result in refusal to continue posting materials received from that individual/group.
  • Infractions of this policy can be referred to the Student Life Office.