Posting Materials Policy

Northern Michigan University attempts to provide adequate means for publicizing events and activities sponsored by University departments and student organizations.  Promotional opportunities may also be provided on a limited basis for cultural, recreational, social, and educational events and activities occurring in the local area that are deemed to be of interest to the University community.  In the administration of this service, the University requires that the following regulations shall apply to all notices, posters, signs, banners and table ads posted or set up on University property.

I. All notices, posters, signs, and banners must be registered for posting at the Center for Student Enrichment (1205 University Center) before they are displayed (except as provided in II I).  Materials which are not registered may not be posted.

A. In general, commercial advertising materials will not be registered, nor will materials promoting activities for personal or private gain.

B. Registration of posting material is an indication that the material meets the requirements of the Posting Materials Policy.  It is not in any way intended to imply that an activity or event being publicized is endorsed by Northern Michigan University or the Center for Student Enrichment.

C. Posters and signs must be stamped with the “Registered for Posting” stamp (obtained in the Center for Student Enrichment, 1205 University Center) before they are displayed.

D. Generally, registration will permit posting of materials for a maximum of 30 days, with the following exceptions:

  1. A series of events or activities may be registered for the duration of the series (a series is defined as each of the events being unique and distinguishable from the others but having the same theme or under the same sponsorship).  Note:  regularly scheduled meetings are not viewed as events or activities.

  2. Materials mandated by law or university policy concerning health and safety issues.  As a general rule, exceptions can be made only with approval from the Center for Student Enrichment.

  3. Materials from university offices and departments concerning student services.

  4. Materials promoting events or activities requiring advanced ticket sales.

  5. Postings for official university business that require extended periods of display can also be placed in the 10 campus display cases designated for this purpose.  Postings for these cases can be dropped off at the Center for Student Enrichment.

E. Guidelines for posting materials in residence hall and apartment living areas and faculty and staff offices are determined by the supervisors of those areas.  Materials for those areas, however, must still be registered for posting in the Center for Student Enrichment.

F. Registered 501C3 non-profit agencies are permitted to post up to 20 posters for a one-week period.  The "Registered for Posting" stamp must be obtained from the Center for Student Enrichment.

G. Chalk messages on sidewalks to promote events or activities must be 20 feet or more away from building entrances.

H. Chalking on poles, walls, etc. (anything other than sidewalks) is not permitted.

II. Specific Guidelines for Posters Include:

A. Notices, posters, or signs must be registered and stamped with the “Registered for Posting” stamp (obtained at the Center for Student Enrichment, 1205 University Center) before they are displayed.  Pre-approval (for large quantity orders) may be obtained by bringing the design copy" to the Center for Student Enrichment before printing.

B. Materials placed in posting areas may not exceed 27" x 23".

C. The name of the sponsoring organization or department must be clearly displayed on each item being posted.

D. A limit of one (1) notice, poster, or sign concerning the same program, activity or service is permitted for each posting area or bulletin board.

E.  Notices, posters, or signs may be placed only on bulletin boards, "Approved Posting Areas," or similar locations designated for such purpose.  A list of these locations in available in the Center for Student Enrichment (1205 University Center) or online. 

F. Materials shall be posted in such a manner as not to deface or damage the surface to which they are attached. Masking tape is an acceptable means of securing materials to a surface. Scotch or Scotch-type tape and duct tape are not allowed. 

G. Notices, posters, or signs may not be placed on cars, poles, posts, signs, trees, outside walls of buildings, doors, windows, glass, transparent partitions, university directional cubes, light poles, or painted surfaces not marked as posting areas.  Notices, posters, or signs shall not be placed in a manner or location that may obscure or mark exit signs, fire alarm boxes, safety rails, fire extinguisher cases, hand rails, and like devices installed as safety equipment in a building.

H. Lawn signs must be approved by the Center for Student Enrichment.

I. In buildings where posting areas and bulletin boards have been designated for special purposes (i.e., apartment for rent, roommate wanted, items for sale, etc.), postings need not be registered but must be placed accordingly.

III. Specific Guidelines for Banners Include:

A. Banners may be hung outdoors for a maximum of one week with approval from the Center for Student Enrichment.

B. Outdoor banners may not be hung in a manner which damages or defaces trees, shrubs, or buildings.

C. Banners may not be placed on the exterior of a building without specific approval of the building manager.

D. It is the responsibility of the individual or organization hanging a banner to take it down by the date agreed upon.

IV. Specific Guidelines for Table Ads Include:

A. Table ads will only be displayed in tri-panel holders.  Loose table ads will not be permitted on dining room tables.

B.  Student organizations, offices, and departments may reserve table ad time slots for one-week periods (Sunday - Saturday) through the Center for Student Enrichment (1205 University Center; 227-2439).  Time slots can be reserved for anytime during the academic year.

C. Student organizations, offices, and departments who have reserved a time slot must print 180 4” x 6” inserts on a heavy paper stock (65#, 80#, or 110#).  These need to be delivered to the Center for Student Enrichment no later than 10 a.m. on the Friday preceding the week they are to be displayed.  Table ads that are smaller than 4” x 6” or on a lighter-weight paper will not be accepted.

D. Table ads will be placed in the plastic holders by Dining Services staff only.  Individuals/organizations/departments are not to place table ads in the holders.

V. Non-Compliance With Posting Policy Guidelines
Individuals or organizations failing to comply with posting policy guidelines may jeopardize future posting privileges.  Individuals or organizations failing to comply may also be liable for damage and/or clean-up costs if any are incurred.  Posted materials which are not in compliance with the regulations will be removed by the Center for Student Enrichment staff.

VI. Materials which are in Violation of Other University Policies or the Student Code will not be registered for posting.