Campus chalking suspended
Alternatives to chalking are being considered while it is suspended on campus.
Chalking is when students or student groups use chalk to write messages on surfaces around campus. The current policy requires that students chalk only on surfaces that can be washed by the rain.
Chalking is popular because it is free, instant and artistic, Director of Student Activities Dirron Allen said. They are considering what other ways there are for students to spread messages that meet those criterion.
“I would like for there to be something different,” he said. “We’re currently reviewing the policy and figuring out how to best implement and support chalking as a form of communication on our campus. While chalking is a way that students communicate in the past it has done some harm.”
Chalking requires costs to clean it up, especially when students don’t follow the policy and chalk on vertical surfaces, and tours coming through campus have to be considered, Allen said.
Student groups have been told that it is preferred that they do not chalk while the policy is under revision, Allen said. If they are caught chalking they may be asked to meet with the Student Government Association judicial branch.
“There’s a place for chalking but it’s deciding where and how,” he said.