University Management of Campus Protests and Unrest

Topics: Campus Safety, Risk Management, Administration and Finance

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Research Questions

  • How do administrators prepare for and respond to campus protests?
  • What policies guide responses to protest activity?
  • How do administrators and campus security respond to protest activity and engage with protesters?
  • What consequences exist for protesters who violate protest guidelines?


Especially in response recent campus protests, university administrators must balance the need to support student activism and free speech with the need to maintain campus safety and prevent disturbances and conflicts. This report details how administrators develop appropriate policies and guidelines for protests and collaborate with students to prepare for safe and effective campus protests. The report also examines the responsibilities of student affairs staff and security personnel during a protest, the range of administrative responses to protest activity, and the consequences for protesters who fail to comply with protest guidelines.

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