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College-wide Policies

Distribution of Printed Materials and Solicitation

In order to ensure that our campus maintains an environment that does not disrupt students’ learning experience or employees’ ability to perform day-to-day operations, Colorado College has established expectations for distribution of materials and solicitation on our campus.

Responsible office
Responsible party
Vice president for communications
Last revision
August 2013
Approved by
The Cabinet
Approval date
August 2013
Effective date
August 2013
Last review
August 2013
Additional references
Student Fundraising Policy, Freedom of Expression Policy; Banners, Posters, Fundraising, and Distribution of Materials at Colorado College Campus-Wide Events


All financial and administrative policies involving community members across campus are within the scope of this policy. If there is variance between departmental expectations and the common approach described through college policy, the college will look to the campus community to support the spirit and the objectives of college policy.


Authorities delegated and retained/administrative responsibility

The president of the college delegates administration of the Distribution of Printed Materials and Solicitation Policy to the vice president for communications.

Distribution of printed materials

Distribution of printed materials, handbills, posters, petitions for signature, or other similar items on campus should be handled as follows:

(a)    Students, faculty, and staff may distribute these materials on campus in accordance with the college’s  Student Fundraising and Freedom of Expression policies;

(b)   Individuals who are not members of our campus community and external groups are prohibited from distributing materials on college property. With prior approval by the college, however, these materials may be left for voluntary pick-up in campus locations identified for that purpose. Worner Information Desk will handle approvals, conferring with the Office of Communications on any questionable materials.


For purposes of this document, “solicitation” means the attempted sale or offer to sell any property, product, or service. It also includes oral or written appeals or requests to support or join an organization.

 (a)    Student groups

Recognized student groups which want to conduct solicitation activities on campus may do so within the expectations of this policy and given that the activities do not:

  • Conflict with college policies or local, state, or federal law;
  • Impede or conflict with the educational purposes of the college;
  • Negatively impact other college activities;
  • Infringe upon the college’s trademark or other intellectual property rights;
  • Disrupt either vehicular or pedestrian traffic;
  • Involve door-to-door solicitation;
  • Consist of commercial activities

Student groups engaged in fundraising are expected to comply with the college’s Student Fundraising Policy.

 (b)   External groups

(i) Commercial sales

The college may allow some external groups limited access to campus for the purpose of commercial sales. These sales normally relate directly to the residential or educational experience of students and the college retains the right to determine which commercial sales are appropriate.

(ii) Charitable organizations

Many nonprofits working for worthy causes would appreciate the opportunity to solicit contributions from students, faculty, and staff. Similar to commercial sales, the college reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of allowing these solicitations. Consideration will be given to:

  • Whether the charitable organization is a bona fide charity;
  • Contributions are strictly voluntary;
  • The charitable organization’s purpose does not conflict with the college’s mission;
  • The solicitation by the charitable organization does not conflict with any college policies, local, state, or federal laws.

 (c)    Employees

Colorado College encourages staff to volunteer and to participate in community activities; however, the college does not allow solicitation on behalf of these worthy causes or for personal gain during college business hours.

Campus-wide events 

(a)   Solicitation, sales and fundraising

Solicitation, sales and/or fundraising of any type, other than for Colorado College-managed programs, is not permitted during Colorado College campus-wide events.   

 (b)   Distribution of materials

During campus-wide events, a table(s) may be provided in the registration area or other designated location for distribution of approved materials.  Materials from outside organizations cannot be placed anywhere else on campus other than the designated distribution table(s).  Any materials placed at a distribution table(s) must be approved by the Office of Communications.