If someone wants to protest an event that you organized
Peaceful protest is a protected form of free expression. Do your best to ensure that your event and the protest run smoothly.
If you are hosting an event that makes other students feel unsafe or upset, it may be helpful to approach them privately to better understand the reasons for their discomfort.
Threats of violence or other intimidation should not force you to cancel your event. Contact the university administration to ask for institutional support, advice, and additional security if necessary. Higher security costs should not lead the university to cancel the event.
Consider making a public statement explaining why you’re organizing this event and affirming your group’s values.
Inform guest speakers and other event organizers that protesters may show up so they know what to expect and can plan accordingly.
If necessary, reevaluate the venue for the event. To minimize the chance of disruption, consider a site that inhibits the blocking of entryways and requires tickets or university IDs.
Familiar yourself with campus policy on student protests to see what institutional protections are available for and for the protesters. Rules and provisions may differ depending on whether the protesters are students or outsiders.
If the protest is not peaceful or someone is planning violence or threatening to shut down your event, make sure that campus administration and/or local law enforcement is in the loop to provide support. Do not retaliate against the protesters with threats or violence.
With protesters, there is potential for heckling, walkouts, and other disruptions. Have a plan ready to deal with these disturbances.