The college is a community of different persons with opinions, viewpoints and beliefs. Recognition of these differences, and their tolerance, are the underlying principles of every academic institution. Therefore, it is the duty of the college to create the conditions that will enable all those within its framework to learn, teach, work and act, while they are able to fully express their opinions, viewpoints and beliefs and to conduct an open discourse. The college, as an institution of higher education, views the principle of freedom of expression as the fundamental condition for its existence. Therefore, it ensures and fosters full freedom of expression in the academic, cultural, social and public activity taking place within its walls, and all in adherence to the laws of the State.
The purpose of these rules and regulations is to set forth procedures and rules for conducting public activity on campus that will enable the aforesaid, provided the rules of the State are upheld and the activity does not hinder or interfere with the proper course of teaching, research and work at the college.
The college includes an academic community: lecturers, students and employees, with a range of viewpoints, beliefs and opinions. The college deems it fit to respect the principle of freedom of expression and enabling the expression of different opinions, and the right to conduct an argument and express an opinion, even if it is a minority opinion, in the spirit of love of humanity and tolerance. In order to uphold tolerance towards the opinions of others and protect freedom of expression on campus, and to ensure the proper course of teaching, research and work on campus, the intactness of the facilities and the equipment, and the safety, order, cleanliness and gardening on its premises, the rules for conducting public activity on campus are hereby defined.
Respecting the following rules is a necessary condition for realizing the aforementioned in this preface.
The rules and regulations do not address activities initiated by the college.
The college holds a positive view of the activity of the academic community regarding public, educational and cultural issues, even if they indirectly project on Israeli politics. The college prohibits activity on its premises with the main purpose, whether stated or in practice, of political-propaganda, that aims to serve entities outside the college, unless the activity is conducted in accordance with the political activity procedure.
In light of the aforementioned, all public activity at the college will be conducted in full adherence to the following principles:
- The activity does not harm the State or violate its laws.
- The activity does not offend the Jewish tradition or the tradition of other groups, or their feelings or beliefs.
- The activity does not impede or possibly harm the normal activity of the college, the safety of the public and its security or safety.
- The activity is intended for members of the college, and the activity organizers and audience are for the most part from the college (except for guest lecturers or college invitees).
- The activity does not deviate from the reasonable resources, abilities and physical capabilities of the college, and does not damage its facilities and property.
- The activity does not violate the rules and regulations of the college and its procedures.
The activity organizers received advance approval of the college as stated hereinafter.
Details Regarding Types of Activities throughout the Campus and Additional Conditions for Conducting Them
Any type of public activity, including that specified below, is permitted provided a request was submitted by the organizers in accordance with section “Submitting a Request”, and the request was approved by the authorized college authorities, according to the basic principles specified in section 9.2 above and in accordance with the conditions specified hereinafter.
Hanging notices in the sphere addressed in these rules and regulations, in other words, relating to public or political activity, is prohibited, unless it was approved, and in accordance with the provisions of these rules and regulations. The Student Association does not have to submit a request in advance before hanging notices, however, like all members of the academic community the Association must also ensure that the notices published on its behalf comply with the basic principles specified in section 9.2. In the event of a deviation from these principles, the Dean of Students may instruct the Student Association to remove the notice that violates the rules from the bulletin board.
Lecturers and employees may submit a request to hang notices. The size of a notice will not exceed 40×60 cm. Notices that are approved will be hung on the bulletin boards by the requestors or their proxies.
Notices of individuals looking for roommates, to rent an apartment, to sell a vehicle and the like will only be hung on bulletin boards designated for this purpose. Individual students are prohibited from hanging notices.
It is absolutely prohibited to affix stickers, fly balloons and use any other form of advertising throughout the campus except in places designated for this purpose, as specified hereinafter.
Regarding campaign notices for Student Association elections the following provision will apply in addition to the abovementioned provisions: the notices will only be hung on special bulletin boards designated for this purpose by college management and that were placed, with approval, by the Student Association.
The maximum area of the above bulletin boards, to be allocated to every entity, will be determined by the Student Association, subject to the approval of the Dean of Students and college management.
Placards, in the quantity and size to be determined by the Student Association and approved by the Dean of Students and college management, will only be hung on the bulletin board next to the Dean of Students Office.
Every placard and sticker will indicate the names of the students on behalf of whom it was posted.
Any advertising means disseminated without approval will be immediately removed by the college and/or someone authorized to do so on its behalf, and the advertiser will be charged for the cleaning costs.
Prayer throughout the campus
College management enables students of the different religions to use designated prayer rooms as published in advance by the Dean of Students Office.
A student found praying outside the room allocated for him or her, a complaint against that student will be filed with the Disciplinary Committee.
Placing tables, signing petitions and distributing informative material or placards
Placing tables, signing petitions and/or distributing informative material or placards will only be permitted in the plaza in front of the Alperin building, and only with approval.
If approval is granted, one regular office desk will be placed for short periods of time, in accordance with the explicit approval.
Affixing notices deviating from the area of the table is prohibited.
The information tables and the information material distribution counters will clearly display the name of the entity on whose behalf they are acting. The same holds for the information material they distribute. Placards and informative material on behalf of the Student Association will clearly display the names of the distributing students.
Precise samples of every placard or informative material to be distributed and of the petitions on which the college community members will be asked to sign will be attached to the request to conduct the activity. The requestors must ensure that the activity will be carried out precisely with respect to the material that was approved. The requestors are responsible for the content of the material distributed and disseminated in accordance with the approval. Only members of the Kinneret Academic College in the Jordan Valley community will operate the distribution counters.
The number of written material distribution counters, and the number of information tables placed as part of a campaign for elections to the Student Association, will be determined by the Student Association with the approval of the Dean of Students and college management.
Public Activity of gatherings and rallies
Students may submit a request to approve an internal gathering without guests to discuss internal campus matters. The college will make an effort to respond favorably within its ability to allocate rooms for these gatherings.
The Student Association, lecturers and employees, may submit a request to hold a public activity of gatherings and rallies in college halls. This activity will be approved given the ability and possibility of the college to allocate rooms for such activities, provided the participants are members of the campus community (except for several guests). The activity organizers will be charged for use of the halls, a fee to be decided by management of the institution.
Student groups and the Student Association may submit a request for rallies or demonstrations in open areas only regarding distinct student matters or issues on which there is comprehensive public and national consensus. Permits will be granted for a demonstration in a defined location and at a designated time, and in a manner that will not impede the regular course of campus activities. All this – in accordance with the discretion of the approving entity.
Use of public address systems
It is absolutely prohibited to use public address systems throughout the campus, except for needs of the administration.
Entertainment and cultural activities
Proposals for entertainment and cultural activities organized by the Student Association will be submitted to the Dean of Students office and will be approved by college management. This type of activity, that entails resource allocation, operation of executing entities and coordination with external or intra-college entities, will be transferred to the Dean of Students office to be handled by the Director-General.
Information and campaign gatherings prior to elections to the Student Association
It is prohibited to conduct information and campaign gatherings outside.
Information and campaign gatherings will only be conducted in closed rooms and halls, in buildings or other locations to be allocated by management of the institution, subject to advance approval of college management and the Dean of Students, and in accordance with the conditions to be coordinated in advance by the approving entities. The gathering organizers and Student Association representatives will submit all the requested details in respect of the planned gathering to college management.
College management and the Dean of Students may set conditions and rules for holding the gatherings at their discretion. Inter alia, they may set conditions for the gathering regarding the date, location, number of participants, use of audio-visual aids, bringing placards into the hall, maintaining order and cleanliness, etc.
Without derogating from the generality of the foregoing in these rules and regulations, it is clarified that the organizers of the gatherings and the representatives of the Student Association will be required to sign an irrevocable obligation according to the conditions and agreements, to be determined by management of the institution, and to provide suitable guarantees as will be required.
The maximum number of gatherings allocated to each group of students, and the duration of these gatherings, will be determined by the Student Association Election Committee with the approval of college management and the Dean of Students.
The participation of an individual who is not enrolled as a student at the college in information and campaign gatherings is subject to advance explicit approval of college management and the Dean of Students.
Submitting a Request to Hold an Event
A student, group of students, the Student Association, lecturers and employees who wish to conduct a public activity must submit a request in advance in writing at least 12 working days prior to the event date.
The request will include the following details: description of the nature of the activity and the form of expression, in accordance with Section 9.5 below, the proposed date, the names of the key participating individuals and their occupation.
Requests of college employees will be submitted for approval of the Director-General. Requests of academic faculty members will be submitted for approval of the President.
All requests for public activity related to students and organized by individuals or by the Student Association will be submitted in advance for the approval of the Dean of Students, who by virtue of his or her position is responsible for on-campus student activities on student-public issues, and who coordinates between them and the various college authorities.
An advisory committee on student public activities will function alongside the Dean of Students, that will be comprised of two faculty members who will be appointed by the President in coordination with the Dean, and an administration member who will be appointed by the Director-General, and in coordination with the Dean.
The college authority to which the request was submitted will respond to the request in writing, no longer than one week from its receipt.
The college authority authorized to decide regarding the request may require the organizers to provide details, clarifications or additional information, as requested.
The said authority will consider and decide whether to approve or reject the request, in light of the guiding principles and the conditions specified in these rules and regulations, and taking into consideration the security and safety arrangements required to hold the activity.
The authorized college authority, at its discretion, may stipulate that the approval will be granted provided certain conditions and restrictions are met, including changes as to the activity date, its location, on condition of appropriate security arrangements, deploying ushers, signing obligations, providing guarantees, etc.
Granting approval for a certain activity does not imply agreement with the content of the activity. The college is not responsible in any way for what is implied from the activity content, even if the activity is held with its approval.
It is clarified that the approval of the college does not exempt the organizers from obtaining the required permits and approvals for holding the activities by law, and that they are obligated to adhere to the provisions of any law, including – and without derogating from the generality of the foregoing, all matters relating to copyrights, noise and environmental hazards, licenses, permits and various bylaws.
It is clarified that the approval of the college does not exempt the organizers, participants and those responsible from their obligation to indemnify the college and to compensate for any damage caused it due to the activity.
Every entity that submitted a request to hold an activity and the request was denied, or approved with conditions the requestor thinks are too restrictive, may appeal the decision by submitting a request in writing to the appeals committee, comprised of the college President, Director-General and a representative of the academic faculty to be appointed by the President.
The decision of the appeal committee is final.
The participants in the activity will maintain order and cleanliness and protect college property, will follow the instructions of the college and the activity organizers and will adhere to the college rules and regulations, and to every law.
Requestors of every request that will be approved will be responsible for holding the activity. By virtue of this they will be responsible for adhering to the instructions of the college, for maintaining order, cleanliness, protecting college property and ensuring that the activity will only be held in accordance with what was planned and approved. The requestors will also be responsible for adhering to the college rules and regulations and protecting its property, and for complying with the provisions of all laws, including and without derogating from the generality of the foregoing, regarding copyrights, noise and environmental hazards, licenses for permits and various bylaws.
A request submitted by the Student Association – the Chairperson of the Student Association and his or her deputies will be responsible for holding the activity. The same is applicable to notices posted on campus by the Student Association.
A request submitted by a group of students – the requestors will be considered as those responsible for holding the activity.
A request submitted by an individual, will be signed by the activity organizers, who will be considered responsible for holding the activity.
Without derogating from the provisions of the law, the aforesaid responsible individuals must indemnify the college and compensate it for damage caused it due to the activity.
Violation of the Rules and Regulations Provisions
Any deviation from the provisions of these rules and regulations is a disciplinary offence, both of the actual violator and of those responsible for the activity according to these rules and regulations, and will be handled by the appropriate disciplinary committee, and this without derogating from the rights of the college to take action in other and/or additional areas and/or in accordance with any law.
These rules and regulations will be in effect until college management publishes a change or amendment to the rules and regulations, or management publishes other rules and regulations.