Chalking Policy and Procedures
This policy revises the Sidewalk Chalking Policy adopted in May of 2013 in order to clarify and supplement the procedures and restrictions for chalking on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (“UTC”).
Persons and Organizations Authorized to Chalk
Subject to the restrictions and procedures of this policy, only registered student organizations, individual current UTC students, or UTC Departments are permitted to chalk.
In order to chalk, registered student organizations, individual current UTC students, and UTC Departments must reserve space for the planned chalking through the Director of University Events in the Chancellor’s Office at least three (3) business days prior to the day that the chalking will take place. Groups or individuals who chalk without reservation will be in violation of this policy, and the chalking will be removed.
Permitted Areas and Restrictions
Chalking is permitted only on sidewalks and pedestrian streets, except as otherwise provided in this Section 4.
Chalking is not permitted on any vehicular streets or special brick or pavement areas, such as the area inside Heritage Plaza Circle and the special pavement on Oak Street at the top of Cardiac Hill. A photo of the special pavement area inside Heritage Plaza Circle can be found here.
Chalking is not permitted on any structure or natural feature of UTC property, including, but not limited to, doors, buildings, windows, walls, fountains, utility poles, lampposts, waste receptacles, trees, street signs, ash urns, benches, bus stops, UTC-owned signage, emergency phones, railings, newsstands, or utility boxes.
All chalking must be located a minimum of ten (10) feet from any building entrances.
Only water-soluble chalk may be used for chalking. Student Affairs and the Chancellor’s Office staffs assume no responsibility for the impact that weather conditions may have on any chalking.
Compliance and Enforcement
All chalking is subject to and shall comply with the Student Code of Conduct. Individuals or organizations found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct or this policy will be referred to the Dean of Students Office. The staffs of Student Affairs and the Director of University Events in the Chancellor’s Office may consult with appropriate individuals to determine if a violation has occurred.
If UTC is made aware of any chalking that violates this policy or any other University policy, the University reserves the right to wash away any such chalking. Any group or individual found to be in the violation of this policy will be responsible for reimbursing UTC for the costs of cleaning and restoring UTC property affected by such chalking.
The original Sidewalk Chalking Policy was adopted in May of 2013. This policy revises the original Sidewalk Chalking Policy in order to clarify and supplement the procedures and restrictions relating to chalking on the UTC campus.
Effective Date and Review
This policy is effective April 29, 2016. This policy shall be reviewed on or before April 29, 2021.