Protests and Demonstrations
Often, the Dean-on-Call will be present at protests, demonstrations, and other events on or adjacent to University property.
When called upon, the Dean-on-Call will work actively to preserve an environment of spirited and open discourse and debate. As part of the University’s Department of Safety and Security, UCPD and/or safety ambassadors may be present to assist the Dean-on-Call. In collaboration with the Department of Safety and Security, the Dean-on-Call will:
- Provide an opportunity for participants to contribute to intellectual exchange and full engagement in an event.
- Support the event and event organizers, including protesters.
- Communicate expectations of University policies, which may include requests to see University identification.
- Work to ensure a safe environment.
In instances of disruptive behavior or violations of University policies, the Dean-on-Call will respond and provide direct instructions to stop disruption, if it is safe to do so. Failure to adhere to the directives of a Dean-on-Call and any other University staff may result in referral to one or more University disciplinary systems.
At an event, protest or demonstration, the Deans-on-Call will:
- Introduce themselves by name to event organizers/point persons and explain their role.
- Remain impartial and provide support and guidance as needed for all event participants.
- Review expectations and requirements of event, such as approved times for amplified sound and no blocking of ingress and egress from event area.
- Engage with event participants to answer questions, provide guidance, and issue directives based on University policy.
- Follow marches to monitor and act on any safety concerns and to provide support.
- Partner with Department of Safety and Security staff as needed.
- Be available to accept petitions, statements, or letters on behalf of University leadership.
- Request to see UChicago Card if confirmation is needed that individual(s) at event are authorized to be on University property.
- Prepare an incident report after the event if follow-up action is required and/or if there are violations of University policy.
At an event, protest or demonstration, the Deans-on-Call will not:
- Physically interfere with event activities.
- Attempt to physically move or remove participants from event location or University property.
- Intervene in actions of security or law enforcement personnel.
- Shut down the event, protest, or demonstration.