44 NSU STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-24 2. Commercial Purposes: activities that involve the exchange of goods or services for valuable consideration and speech that relates solely to the economic interests of the speaker and audience and proposes a commercial transaction. 3. Disrupt: any actions that infringe institutional rules, interrupt institutionally sponsored or authorized instructional, research or service activities, or substantially interfere with the opportunity of other persons to use institutional grounds or facilities for their intended or authorized purposes. 4. Events: speeches, presentations, social gatherings, religious ceremonies, entertainments, youth camps or other activities that pose no substantial risk of injury to persons and property and that are generally consistent with the kinds of activity sponsored by the institution itself. 5. Facilities and Grounds: buildings, structures, internal streets and sidewalks, parking facilities, athletic facilities, landscaping and grounds owned or occupied by the institution but excludes municipal streets or sidewalks or public highways or rights of way that abut or traverse a campus. 6. Private Party: any individual or group other than the institution, its affiliated entities, or their officers, agents, faculty, or staff when acting on their behalf. 7. Working Days: those days when the office of the institution are open for business. C. POLICY 1. Institutional Facilities Institutional facilities and grounds embody investments by students and taxpayers to advance the educational, research, and service missions of the institution. They are not open to the public for assembly, speech, or other activities as are the public streets, sidewalks, parks, or seats of government. Institutional facilities and grounds are selected, designed, and operated to balance aesthetic and utilitarian considerations, to provide settings conducive to learning and research, and to provide venues to expose students to high and popular cultural activities. These purposes define the priorities for their use by private parties. 1.1. Casual visitors may enter institutional facilities and grounds to conduct business with the institution, to attend institution sponsored events, exhibits or programs that are open to the public, to deliver goods ordered by residents or to traverse the grounds without stopping, or for purposes incidental to personal family or social matters involving students or institutional staff. 1.2. Private parties may request permission to use facilities or grounds for private meetings or events. Such requests may be granted to the extent that institutional program schedules permit if the requested use is lawful and otherwise consistent with this policy, poses no risk of harm to persons or property, and will not disrupt the intended use of the facilities or grounds by the institution, its students, staff, or other visitors. 1.3. Permission to use facilities or grounds for private meetings or events shall be contingent upon agreement to avoid disruption of institutional uses of the facilities or grounds, interference with students or employees, or damage, fouling or littering facilities, grounds or other property. Private users shall be responsible for the cleanliness and order of any facilities or grounds that they use. 1.4. Institutional facilities and grounds are tax exempt public facilities and, as such, are not generally available for use by private parties for commercial purposes. Institutions may contract with private parties to provide goods and services on its behalf, to provide access to dedicated advertising venues or to engage in limited mission-related testing, research or economic