The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs is responsible for ensuring that student organizations are aware of the NMSU, state, and federal policies by which they are required to abide.  See below for guidelines related to popular kinds of events, and let us know if you need additional help in planning your program to meet these requirements.   For further discussion or questions regarding these policies, visit our office or contact us

Contract Approval and FAQ’s

Freedom of Expression Policy (including but not limited to: posting of materials around campus, chalking, tabling, rallies, and parades)

  1. NMSU Policy and Procedural Guidelines: ARP Rule 3.63 - Freedom of Expression
  2. Freedom of Expression Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have a complaint or concern regarding the Freedom of Expression Policy, please contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs at silp@nmsu.edu.

Fund Raising/Sales and Solicitation Policy

Marijuana Policy

  • NMSU Policy and Procedural Guidelines: ARP Rule 16.65 – Drug and Alcohol Free University Community
  • NMSU Drug Free Schools Act Information
  • Be informed about marijuana laws and NMSU’s Social Code of Conduct.
  • Marijuana possession and use is only legal in New Mexico for adults 21+. Underage use is subject to an MIP ticket, fines, and NMSU sanctions.
  • It is illegal for anyone (regardless of age) to have or use marijuana on campus in any form.
  • Driving high could land you with a DUI. Wait before getting behind the wheel.
  • It is illegal to take marijuana products out of the state.
  • Using marijuana in any form (smoking, eating or vaping) isn’t allowed in public places.
  • Key stipulations within the New Mexico state law (N.M. Code R. §  to consider if your organization is considering partnering with a dispensary or hosting an event off campus in which such activities might be promoted:
    • Advertising and marketing activities of cannabis products shall not:
      • Occur on the radio;
      • Be on billboards, posters, handbills or other visual media that are located or can be viewed within 300 feet of a school, daycare center or church.
    • All advertisements in print and digital communications shall only be placed in areas where at least seventy percent of the audience is reasonably expected to be 21 years of age or older as determined by reliable, current audience composition data

Public Display of Motion Pictures Guidelines

  1. Complete an event form in Crimson Connection
  2. Work with SILP to contact  Swank Motion Picture, Inc. or Criterion Pictures USA to get the rights (License) to screen a movie.

To Obtain Public Performance License

Obtaining a public performance license (the permission to show a film in a public space) is relatively easy and usually requires no more than a phone call or email. Fees are determined by such factors as the number of times a particular movie is going to be shown, how large the audience will be, and how recently the film was released.  While fees vary, they are generally inexpensive for smaller performances. Most licensing fees are based on a particular performance or set of performances for specified films. The major firms that handle these licenses include:

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