December 12, 2011 Debate
The intent of the Campaign Visibility Area (CVA) is to provide campaigns and other groups with a designated area to express their free speech rights. It is important to remember, however, that while we want to allow this opportunity, safety is our number one concern. Many, if not all, of the rules outlined below are designed to ensure safety of all CVA participants along with the debate attendees. It should also be noted that Saint Anselm College, is private property, located within a residential area of Goffstown and Manchester and we ask all CVA participants to be respectful of the local community.
The CVA will be in the parking lot adjacent to the Dana Center. It will include all groups and campaigns wishing to express their free speech rights.
The CVA is the ONLY area on the campus of Saint Anselm College where visibility and signs will be permitted. Groups forming on other areas of campus will be escorted off the property. Groups forming on city streets or other public areas may be asked to leave by the Goffstown Police Department. Saint Anselm College has a strict NO SIGNS on Saint Anselm College property policy. This includes signs and banners on campus buildings. [See NH RSA 664:17.]
The CVA will open at 3:00 pm on December 12, 2011. Groups will not be permitted on campus until this time. The CVA will be open to foot traffic only. Security will be on hand to enforce this rule.
Saint Anselm College Safety and Security and local law enforcement, worked with the debate organizers on selecting this site and will be present in the area and responsible for enforcing the rules. That said, debate organizers also ask each campaign to assist with the enforcement of these rules amongst your own campaign supporters.
Parking is VERY limited at Saint Anselm College for the debate. People wishing to take part in the CVA will not have designated parking on campus and should plan on being shuttled to the CVA for drop off on Saint Anselm Drive. There is no bus parking near the CVA, drop off only. CVA attendees may then walk to the designated area.
General Rules Inside CVA
- NOTHING may be pounded into the ground of the CVA or college property.
- The only signs allowed in the CVA are lawn signs/placards.
- NO 4 x 8 signs allowed.
- Signs on sticks will be permitted, but sticks must not be longer than three feet.
- No motorized vehicles.
- No scissor lifts
- No bands (marching or other)
- No megaphones or amplified noise
- No noisemakers
- Balloons are permitted
- Homemade signs are permitted, as long as they meet above criteria
- T-shirts, stickers, sandwich boards are permitted
- No weapons, fireworks, animals
- No grills/cooking devices
- No alcohol
- No lights or candles
- No glass containers
- Please use available trash containers and leave the CVA as clean as when you entered it
Anyone violating any of the above rules, or engaging in any disruptive behavior, can and will be asked to leave the CVA and Saint Anselm property immediately. Any of the above rules can be altered at any point before or during the debate due to safety or other concerns. Any changes made to these rules will be communicated to the management of each campaign with as much notice as possible. Saint Anselm College has the ultimate authority on what is permitted.
Thank you for communicating this with your supporters and for your cooperation.