Chapter 12

12.1-12.5 | 12.6-12.8

General Operations

Effective Date: 12/18/2015

12.1 Naming of Campus Facilities

Any facility valued at less than $3,000,000 may be named on the basis of function or location at the President's discretion. All other facilities will be formally named by the Board of Trustees. 

  1. Facilities may be named in honor of persons who have achieved prominence in their fields of endeavor and who have been publicly known nationally for their accomplishments in their fields and service to the University. Where possible, functional names should be continued as a secondary identifier.
  2. Facilities may be named for donors of private funds for the support of a University program where the gift pays for approximately 50% of the cost of the facility. If the gift is $5,000,000 or more, it may provide less than the 50%.
  3. The renaming of facilities is at the discretion of the Board.


  • 04/13/1973
  • 01/28/1982
  • 01/22/1988: Changed gift amount to $1,000,000 and revised items 3 and 5
  • 11/22/1991: Changed gift amount to $5,000,000 in item r.
  • 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 15.3. Renumbered and deleted time limit for naming facilities and exception for past living Presidents of Michigan Technological University.
  • 12/18/2015: Authorizes President to name facilities valued at $3,000,000 or less.


Effective Date: 10/14/2016

12.2 Building and Property Rules and Regulations


  1. Smoking and all tobacco use is prohibited except where approval is granted by the Chief Financial Officer.
  2. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, unless specifically approved in writing by the President, in accordance with the policy of the Board of Control on alcoholic beverages.
  3. Solicitation, advertising, or sales on property owned or controlled by Michigan Technological University is prohibited unless authorized by the Chief Financial Officer. The exceptions to this are:
    1. Advertising is permitted only on designated bulletin boards, as permitted by, or in other locations, as authorized by the manager of the building in which the advertising occurs.
    2. Student organizations registered with the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement may sell tickets or conduct limited sales of goods, advertise, solicit, and use grounds as authorized by the manager of the building or grounds in or on which the activity occurs.
  4. Activities or announcements at Michigan Technological University events shall have the prior written approval of the Chief Financial Officer or a delegated representative, with the following exceptions:
    1. Announcements regarding the operation of a facility may be authorized by the manager of the building or grounds on which the announcements are made.
    2. Announcements regarding traffic, health, or safety may be authorized by the Department of Public Safety and Police Services.
    3. Announcements relating to the game or event in progress may be made over the public address system by the game announcer providing such announcements are appropriate to the situation and in good taste.
  5. Distribution of handbills or other printed material is permitted only in designated areas.
  6. Unruly behavior will not be tolerated and may be cause for expulsion from the facility.
  7. For reasons of health and sanitation, cats, dogs, birds, or other pets or animals are prohibited in any university structure. The exceptions to this are:
    1. Animals owned or maintained by Michigan Technological University for educational or research purposes after receiving the approval of such facilities by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
    2. Animals and aquariums kept in University housing facilities after receiving the approval from the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement.
    3. Guide, leader, hearing or service animals trained to perform the work or task required by the user's disability when used by a qualified individual with a disability in compliance with State or Federal Law.
  8. Animals on any property owned, possessed, held or controlled by the Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees must be licensed (if appropriate), have a record of compliance with required vaccinations, be under the owners’ control at all times, and not be allowed to leave behind any wastes.
  9. Bicycles unicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller or in-line skates, or any other human powered or electrically or mechanically powered wheeled or hovering recreational personal transport or mobility devices, except for personal assistive mobility devices used by a disabled person, shall not be brought into University buildings or ridden, stored, or parked in corridors, stairwells, laboratories, offices, classrooms, or buildings other than in those designated areas in student housing facilities.
  10. This policy shall be administered in accordance with rules and procedures established by the Chief Financial Officer.

This Policy constitutes a Rule or Regulation pursuant to and enforceable (including the statutory maximum penalties) pursuant to Michigan Constitution 1963, Article 8, Section 6; MCL 19.141 et seq., MCL 390.363 et seq., or MCL 752.581 et seq. as applicable.


  • 09/27/1989
  • 12/17/1994
  • 02/06/1976
  • 10/14/1977
  • 01/28/1982
  • 11/21/1986: Smoking prohibited
  • 09/18/1992: Changed responsibility
  • 08/03/2000: Changed Executive Vice President and Provost title to Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
  • 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 15.6. Renumbered, changed responsibility to the Vice President for Administration except for item 8a and to correlate with the Ordinance language, added "This Policy constitutes a Rule. ..."
  • 09/19/2013: Prohibited smoking and all tobacco use, updated procedures for advertising, and changed responsibility.
  • 08/07/2014: Revised language in item #7c.
  • 08/06/2015: Revised applicable sections of statutory law.
  • 10/14/2016: Revised language in item #8.
  • 09/24/2018: Updates to sections 1, 3, 4, 7: changed Vice President for Administration to Chief Financial Officer
  • 09/25/2018: Changed Vice President for Administration to Chief Financial Officer in item #9.
  • 03/01/2019: Added language regarding animals on campus.


Effective Date: 09/01/2010

12.3 Rule Prohibiting Disruption of University Activities

The citizens of Michigan have, through the constitutional autonomy clause, placed the governing authority of the public universities in elected or appointed boards. Within the framework of the law, these boards have in turn shared their power with both faculty and students, but by the same law the boards have the ultimate responsibility for the control and direction of the universities and must therefore retain the ultimate and final authority for control and direction.

Students enrolling in, persons employed by, or people visiting the Michigan Technological University do so voluntarily and in so doing assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution.

Michigan Technological University stands for freedom of speech, freedom of inquiry, freedom of dissent, and freedom to demonstrate in a peaceful manner. But freedom requires order, and it is not possible to have one without the other. The Board of Trustees therefore reaffirms the long-time understanding that any effort to impede the holding of classes, the carrying forward of University business, the arrangements for properly organized and scheduled events on the campus, the reasonable movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic, or the discharge of responsibility by any University officer or employee, constitutes an invasion of the rights of the faculty, students, and the general public, is contrary to the interests of the University, and will not be tolerated.

In any such attempt to interfere with University activity, the leaders and participants are held responsible and are subject to appropriate legal and disciplinary action, including suspension and expulsion from the University, under established procedures.

In this reaffirmation of freedom with order, Michigan Technological University also pledges itself to maintain open channels of communication through which those who have grievances, suggestions, questions, or who are dissatisfied with the status quo may express themselves in a meaningful manner and through which they may bring about orderly change.

This Policy constitutes a Rule and/or Regulation pursuant to MCL 4.201 et seq and MCL 752.581 et seq.


  • 06/13/1969
  • 01/28/1982
  • 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 15.10. Renumbered, added "Rule Prohibiting" to heading, added "This Policy constitutes a Rule.... ."


Effective Date: 09/01/2010

12.4 Alcoholic Beverages

Michigan Technological University recognizes that clear evidence exists that the misuse and abuse of alcoholic beverages can erode the foundation of the University's goals and objectives and can diminish the attainment of intellectual, social, physical and moral growth and development. All University members are adults who will make personal choices about their use of alcohol, but those choices must not disrupt the living or learning environment of others.

It is the University's mission to influence alcohol related behavior when such behavior has a negative effect on any segment of the University community or violates any city, state, or federal law or ordinance. The University will attempt to provide, for all its community, educational activities and information concerning the responsible use of alcohol. The University will facilitate coordination of treatment services and the University will provide guidelines for responsible use of alcohol. Furthermore, neither this policy nor the University's consent to the use of alcoholic beverages at certain locations and under certain circumstances constitutes University sponsorship or approval of such use but reflects its desire to permit freedom of choice where such choice does not endanger life or violate existing law.

All federal, state, and local laws governing alcohol usage are applicable to all activities at Michigan Technological University.

Alcohol is not allowed to be advertised at official University events, nor advertised in official University publications.

Social events are to conform to recognized standards of good taste and conduct.

Possession and use of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages is prohibited except in the following circumstances:

  1. At University-sponsored functions alcoholic beverages may be served to non-paying guests with the prior approval of the President.
  2. The possession and use of alcoholic beverages is permitted for occasions and in facilities for which a valid liquor license has been obtained only in compliance with the license.
  3. Occupants of residence halls and University apartments may possess and use alcohol in approved rooms if such persons are of legal drinking age.
  4. The use of alcohol is permitted in Michigan Technological University courses, workshops or seminars when under the supervision of a professional staff member and the purpose is solely educational.

Those who violate federal, state or local laws while on University property, or at University sponsored events, and/or University rules regarding use, possession, sale or furnishing of alcohol to others are subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including dismissal or discharge.

This policy shall be administered in accordance with rules and procedures established by the President or designee.

This Policy constitutes a Rule and/or Regulation pursuant to MCL 4.201 et seq and MCL 752.581 et seq.


  • 01/21/1952
  • 06/07/1952
  • 12/10/1971
  • 01/28/1982
  • 09/22/1989
  • 09/18/1992: Change responsibility
  • 08/03/2000: Prohibit the alcohol advertising at official University events or in official University publications; change provost title
  • 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 15.9. Renumbered, corrected Provost title, added "This Policy constitutes a Rule... ."


Effective Date: 09/01/2010

12.5 Approval to Purchase Alcoholic Beverages from the State of Michigan

The holders of the below positions are hereby authorized to purchase alcoholic beverages on behalf of the University from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission . Purchases must be delivered only to MLCC licensed University sites for storage-sale in compliance with applicable rules and regulations. Such person or persons or the Chief Financial Officer may delegate authority in writing to others to make such purchases, and to otherwise act in behalf of this corporation, as its legal representative in all matters pertaining to such liquor purchases:

Manager of Purchasing

Director of Rozsa Center, Dining, Merchandising and Memorial Union Building

General Manager - Dining Services and Memorial Union Building


  • 10/14/1977
  • 01/28/1982
  • 07/15/1983: name change
  • 09/18/1992: name change
  • 03/20/1998: designate's name changes
  • 10/11/2001: designate's name changes
  • 08/05/2004: designate's name changes to reflect Wadsworth Hall's liquor license
  • 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 15.7. Renumbered, changed title to cover all licensed facilities and authorized position holders rather than named individuals to make purchases and restricted delivery and use to those permitted by M.L.C.C.
  • 09/24/2018: Changed Vice President for Administration to Chief Financial Officer