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In order to more effectively communicate when events and programs are hosted on the HLS campus, the Dean of Students Office has developed the  following posting policy. The intent of the policy is to curtail abuse and ensure that everyone has equal access to the bulletin board and chalking locations.

Bulletin Boards

  • Approved postings include those from officially recognized student organizations, journals and University departments and administrators for programs benefiting the Harvard Law School community.  Materials posted by any unofficial or external groups, corporations, organizations or individuals will be immediately removed.
  • A poster is defined as a flyer, notice or other material that is intended to disseminate information to the HLS community.
  • All postings must identify the event, the event sponsor, the time and date of the event and provide a point of contact.
  • Postings are only permitted on the provided bulletin board space – all others will be removed. Materials may not be posted on doors, walls, glass, wood, tile, metal, or painted surfaces.  In addition, items may not be posted in the bathroom stall sign holders, which are reserved for and maintained by the DOS Office. Materials may not be distributed door-to-door or by placing literature on parked vehicles.
  • Only thumbtacks are permitted – do not staple, tape, or otherwise adhere/affix notices.
  • The removal schedule is posted on or near each bulletin board. This takes place on the first and third Sunday morning of each month.


  • Chalkboards are exclusively reserved for use by HLS officially recognized student organizations and journals. Chalking posted by any unofficial or external groups, corporations, organizations or individuals will be erased.
  • If the classroom is equipped with a side chalkboard, student messages chalked on them are left up until the following Sunday morning. The WCC and Hauser auditoriums have small designated side chalkboards for these purposes. In the Austin first floor classrooms, Griswold 110, Langdell North and South, and Pound Hall first floor classrooms, the far sides of the chalkboards (these rooms have three chalkboards that abut each other) will be treated as designated space for chalking. This includes approximately the last third of space on the end chalkboards. Chalking on all other chalkboards on campus will be erased each evening.
  • Student organizations should not chalk or otherwise mark sidewalks, walls, or any other surface.

All users of bulletin & chalkboards are expected to respect the materials posted by other individuals and organizations. Removing, posting, or writing over and erasing other active postings is not permitted, and could subject a student to disciplinary action.

Bulletin & Chalkboard spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Posting content that is deemed defamatory or inappropriate by the Dean of Students Office may be removed and the organization responsible may be subject to subject to dissolution procedures or other disciplinary action. Improper content includes but is not limited to: drug or alcohol paraphernalia, slanderous remarks that do not contribute to or facilitate open and welcoming events geared toward community-building and substantive, constructive dialogue.

The Dean of Students Office reserves the right to remove any posted item.