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Upjohn Library Commons serves the College community as a center of campus activity, news, and academic life. Library bulletin boards provide an avenue for College community members to advertise events and other announcements.

For the purpose of this document, all public notices, posters, flyers, bulletins, signs, advertisements, and other miscellaneous announcements will be called “postings.”


The purpose of this policy is to establish the procedures and rules by which postings will be displayed in Upjohn Library Commons (and that will be applied without discrimination and in the best interests of all of the building’s users), and to preserve Information Services materials and facilities.

Writing or marking on any exterior or interior library wall or surface (other than chalkboards and whiteboards) is prohibited. This includes markings in chalk on the exterior of the building.

Display Areas

Postings are permitted only in these locations:

  • First Floor: on the bulletin board in the Book Club Café
  • First Floor: on the bulletin board in the Copy Room, and
  • Third Floor: on the bulletin board across from the elevator

Postings are not permitted anywhere other than these bulletin boards. This includes (but not limited to) the exterior of the building, outside and inside doors, in restrooms, on equipment or materials, on security gates, on windows, and on walls in the Upjohn Library Commons building.


Postings should be related to the mission of and activities of Kalamazoo College, including signs, posters, and announcements issued by Kalamazoo College departments, offices, or student organizations. All postings must meet existing State and Federal laws on obscenity, libel, defamation of character or invasion of privacy. Postings of unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, and/or obscene material will be removed. Posting material constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, otherwise violate any local, provincial, national or international law, including without limitation, export control laws and regulations will be removed.

Display of any posting does not constitute an endorsement by Kalamazoo College or Information Services.


Postings must be approved and stamped by the Student Development Office or posted with the permission of the Library Director.

Length of Display

Individuals or groups who have posted items to Upjohn Library Commons bulletin boards are responsible for their timely removal. Unauthorized and outdated postings will be removed by Information Services staff. Most postings are removed at the end of each quarter.

Multiple copies of postings that meet the above criteria for content may be left for display on bulletin boards as space allows.

Information Services reserves the right to remove and discard any posting at any time.

Information Services cannot assume responsibility for the preservation, protection, or possible damage or theft of any item displayed on or near bulletin boards. Items displayed in Upjohn Library Commons are done so at the owner’s risk.

Policy updated February 10, 2011

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