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Regents approve interim policy on distribution of printed materials

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents today (Friday, Oct. 27) approved an interim policy on distribution of printed materials, and NMSU President Jay Gogue said he would name a committee to propose a permanent policy.

The actions are a response to student concerns that the university's previous policy was too restrictive.

The interim policy, which will remain in effect until a permanent policy is approved by the NMSU Board of Regents, provides that "any public, outdoor area of NMSU's campuses may be used by any NMSU student, faculty or staff member lawfully on NMSU property for petitioning, distributing written information, or handing out newspapers without prior approval, so long as the leaflet or literature does not advertise or attempt to sell a commercial product, with the exception that newspapers containing commercial advertisement may be distributed."

All distribution must occur hand-to-hand, according to the interim policy, which prohibits placing unsolicited materials on unauthorized objects such as vehicle windshields, utility poles and doors.

Distribution activities are limited to the hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., except for special events when the hours are extended to one hour after completion of the event. Other restrictions in the policy are designed to prevent code violations, blockage of traffic and other potential problems.

Previous policy required university students and employees to receive approval from the Student Organizations and Programs Office before distributing printed materials on campus.

The committee that will be named to draft a proposed permanent policy is expected to consist of nine members -- three students, three faculty and three staff members.

In other action at the meeting, held at the NMSU Alamogordo campus, the Regents:

--Approved the sale of the university's Advanced Manufacturing Center facility, located at 2345 Nevada Ave. in Las Cruces, to the city of Las Cruces for $1.5 million.
--Approved an agreement with the City of Las Cruces for street improvements at the intersection of Triviz Street and University Avenue and the intersection of Stewart Street and Union Avenue. The university will pay the city $250,000 for the improvements, the total cost of which is estimated at about $400,000.

The Stewart-Union intersection improvement involves installation of traffic signals, and the work there is under way. The Triviz-University project involves adding and lengthening turn lanes from University onto Triviz at the Pan American Center to improve traffic flow. It will be done next summer.

Karl Hill
Oct. 27, 2000