FI(LOCAL) - SOLICITATIONS

Student Solicitation

"Student solicitation" shall mean the sale or offer for sale of any property or service, whether for immediate or future delivery, and the receipt of or request for any gift or contribution by a student or registered student organization.

Permitted Solicitation

Student solicitation shall be permitted in or on premises owned or controlled by the College District only if the solicitation does not violate a sole-source vendor contract clause and the solicitation is:

  1. The sale or offer for sale of any newspaper, magazine, or other publication in an area designated in advance by the dean of student services for the conduct of such activity;
  2. The sale or offer for sale of any merchandise, food, or nonalcoholic beverages in an area designated in advance by the dean of student services for the conduct of such activity;
  3. The collection of membership fees or dues by registered student organizations at the organizations' meetings scheduled in accordance with College District policy and procedures on use of facilities; [See FLA]
  4. The collection of admission fees for the exhibition of movies, performances, or other programs that are sponsored by a student or registered student organization and scheduled in accordance with College District policy and procedures on the use of facilities; [See FLA]
  5. The sale of raffle tickets by a registered student organization that can present to the dean of student services written evidence from the Internal Revenue Service that the organization has been granted an exemption from taxation under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3);
  6. The collection of donations by a registered student organization;
  7. The sale of personal items by students; or
  8. The sale of items by a registered student organization to its members.

Any solicitations by a registered student organization must be on behalf of or for the benefit of a registered student organization or an organization granted an exemption from taxation under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3).

Student solicitation must comply with law and College District policies and procedures. No solicitation shall be conducted on the grounds, sidewalks, or streets of any property either owned or controlled by the College District, except as approved by the dean of student services.

Time Limit

No student or registered student organization shall solicit under this policy for more than the time limit established by administrative regulations for each fiscal year.

Exception

If approved by the dean of student services, solicitation intended to raise funds to respond to a declared disaster or emergency is not subject to the established time limit.

Use of College District Name

Only authorized students or registered student organizations shall be allowed to sponsor and engage in solicitation and/or fund-raising activities under the name of the College District. All such activities shall be compatible with the mission and objectives of the College District and shall be approved by the dean of student services in accordance with procedures developed for that purpose.

Conduct During Solicitation

Solicitation made pursuant to the terms of this policy must be conducted according to the following:

  1. The solicitation shall not disrupt or disturb the regular academic or institutional programs being conducted in buildings or on property owned or controlled by the College District.
  2. The solicitation shall not interfere with the free or unimpeded flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic on sidewalks and streets and at places of ingress and egress to and from buildings owned or controlled by the College District.
  3. The solicitation shall not harass, threaten, or intimidate the person or persons being solicited.

Sanctions

If a student or registered student organization is alleged to have violated this policy, the student or organization shall be subject to a reasonable investigation conducted by the dean of student services.

If the dean of student services determines that a solicitation is being conducted in a manner violating this policy, the dean of student services may prohibit the offending student or registered student organization from soliciting on the campus for such period or periods of time determined to be appropriate.

A student determined to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary measures as described in policies FM and FMA. In the case of a registered student organization, the dean of student services may revoke the registered status of the organization in accordance with policy FKC.

Vernon College

FI(LOCAL)-AJC

UPDATE 38

DATE ISSUED: 5/18/2020