Student Involvement

Political Activity

  • Demonstrations

     Freedom of Expression, Excerpt from Student Code of Conduct (Section 4.8) 

    Seattle University recognizes the right of students and other members of the university community to express their views by peaceful protest against actions and opinions with which they disagree. The university also stresses a concurrent obligation to maintain a campus atmosphere conducive to academic work, to preserve the dignity and seriousness of university ceremonies and public exercises, and to respect the rights of all individuals. The following regulations are intended to reconcile these objectives. Those organizing demonstrations must meet with a Center for Student Involvement designee prior to the event (preferably 48 hours or as far in advance as possible). This meeting will allow for event planning, space or facility reservations, and coordination with the Public Safety Office.

    Campus demonstrations may be conducted only when such demonstrations:

    · are conducted in such a manner as to respect the rights and welfare of others;

    · do not interfere with automobile or pedestrian traffic;

    · do not actively disrupt scheduled class meetings, teaching, administration, or disciplinary procedures and/or other university functions or authorized activities; and

    · do not interfere with the rights of others to demonstrate.

     *The University retains the right to control the use of all University property at any time and for any reason.*

    Political Activity  

    Excerpt from Guidelines for Political Campaign Activities, Office of University Counsel 

    Seattle University, as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. Political intervention includes not only making financial contributions but also the publication or distribution of written or oral statements on behalf of or in opposition to a particular candidate or ballot initiative. Nevertheless, Seattle University encourages its members to engage in civic activity, including participation in the political process.

    Please refer to the Guidelines for Political Action as set forth by the Office of the Executive Vice President of Seattle University. See Student Code of Conduct (Section 4.8) for some details.  


    It is expected and understood that all clubs and organization will abide by the university's Code of Conduct (See Section 4.8 FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION) and Club Policies. In the event that a club or organization breaks a university or the Center for Student Involvement Office policy the club or organization will be held accountable for its actions and behaviors.

    Accountability can be defined as, but not limited to, being place through the disciplinary process, club/organization probation.

    The Center for Student Involvement reserves the right to take disciplinary action based on a club and/or its member's actions and behaviors. This may or may not include a written or verbal warning, a halting of the recognition process and freezing of an account number.

    In the event that a club or organization is given a warning (verbal or written) it is then expected that the club or organization will follow the appropriate policies from then on out. If a club continues to not follow the policies outlined in the Code of Conduct or the Center for Student Involvement Office the club/organization and/or its members will be held accountable for its actions and behaviors.

    Accountability can be defined as, but not limited to, being referred to the office of Integrity Formation for follow up in the disciplinary process.