Chalk Markings and Graffiti


Markings and graffiti, including those made with chalk, are not permitted in order to provide a welcoming, safe and academic environment for all patron, and to reduce cleaning costs associated with the removal of messages. The university recognizes and supports the rights of free expression and speech. It is the purpose of these regulations to balance the free speech rights of non-OSU groups/individuals with the significant interests that OSU has in preserving its limited space and employee resources for OSU needs. No speech activities shall unreasonably disrupt regular or authorized activities in university facilities and on grounds.  

Use of chalk as a speech activity in the library quadrangle is generally admitted except: 

  • On buildings, structures or staircases
  • Within the library courtyard, which is the area paved with stone just outside the main entrance to the Valley Library
  • In spaces that have been reserved by OSU groups for OSU events

Library Courtyards

So as to not impede access to or from the Valley Library, such items as tables, chairs and tents are not permitted on the library courtyards. Individuals and groups may not impede access to the building or courtyards, per OSU Standard 576-005.

Library Quad

Use of the library quad is governed by Oregon State University Standard 576-005, Time Manner, and Place Rules for Speech Activities. Please note that OSU Standard 576-005 does limit the size of tables, carts, booths and similar structures.

Smoke-Free OSU

OSU Libraries supports OSU’s policy on smoking, OAR Chapter 576, Division 040, that promotes clean and healthy air for everyone by prohibiting smoking on all of campus. The policy also greatly reduces littering on campus. For more information, visit OSU's Smoke-Free page.