TITLE 14. CRIMINAL LAW

CHAPTER 2. MISCELLANEOUS CRIMES AND OFFENSES

PART III. OFFENSES AFFECTING THE PUBLIC GENERALLY

 

14:328        Obstruction or interference with members of staff, faculty, or students of educational institutions;  trespass, damage to property;  felony;  penalties

A. No person shall, on the campus or grounds of any state or public owned and operated junior college, college, university or branch thereof or any high school or junior high school in this state, hereinafter referred to as "educational institutions", or at or in any building or other facility thereof, willfully deny to students, school officials, teachers or other employees and invitees and guests thereof:

(1) Lawful freedom of movement on the campus or grounds;

(2) Lawful use of any property or facilities of any educational institution;  or

(3) Their right of lawful ingress and egress to and from the physical facilities of such educational institution.

B. No person shall, on the campus or grounds of any educational institution or at or in any building or other facility owned, operated, controlled or administered by the governing authority of any such institution, willfully obstruct or impede any member of the faculty or administrative staff or other personnel of such institution in the lawful performance of their duties, or willfully obstruct or impede any student of such institution in the lawful pursuit of his educational activities or activities related thereto or a part thereof, through the use of restraint, abduction, coercion or intimidation, or by any action as a result of which force and/or violence are present or threatened.

C. No person shall willfully refuse or fail to leave the property of or any building or other facility owned, operated, controlled or administered by the governing authority of any such institution of higher education upon being requested to do so by the chief administrative officer or his designee charged with maintaining order on the campus or grounds and in the facilities thereon, if such person is committing, threatens to commit or incites others to commit any act which would disrupt, impair, interfere with or obstruct the lawful missions, processes, procedures or functions of the educational institution.

D. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent lawful assembly and peaceful and orderly petition for the redress of grievances, including any labor dispute between an educational institution and its employees, or any contractor or subcontractor or any employees thereof.  Providing that nothing herein contained shall apply to a bona fide legal labor organization or to any of its legal activities such as picketing, lawful assembly or concerted activities in the interest of its members for the purpose of accomplishing or securing more favorable wage standards, hours of employment and working conditions.

E. Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not to exceed five hundred dollars or be imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

F. The provisions of this section shall be supplemental and in addition to any other applicable laws of this state.

 

Added by Acts 1969, No. 58, ยง 1.