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Common Hour Policy

Common Hour brings the entire Franklin & Marshall College community together for culturally and academically enriching events at midday each Thursday during the academic year. Participants engage in a campus-wide dialogue on vital international, national, local and institutional issues originating with Common Hour and then extending beyond.

Most Common Hours are open to the public, and in some cases, the College will invite the public to attend. Members of the public may find out whether a particular Common Hour is open to the public by checking the College’s online public calendar.

The question-and-answer period that follows Common Hour lectures and artistic events is reserved for members of the campus community. The Q&A period is moderated by the chair of the Common Hour Committee or his or her delegate, who will recognize questioners and give priority to students.

Cell phones must be silenced and no cameras or video recorders are allowed at the Common Hour venue, other than the College’s own and those of the Franklin & Marshall student newspaper The College Reporter. Every effort will be made to place signage outside the venue’s entrances and faculty members and professional staff at the entrances to remind attendees and invited guests of the no recorder or camera policy at this event. If necessary, an officer of the College or his or her delegate will authorize a College public safety officer to turn away any persons seeking to violate this policy.

The College will record Common Hours for archival purposes and, when permitted by the guest lecturer or artist, will post the presentation or transcript on the College’s website at‐hour. Typically, concerts and performances by student groups are not recorded due to copyright issues.

Members of the news media may request a private interview with Common Hour guest lecturers and artists by contacting the before the event.

In preparation for Common Hour guests or topics likely to engender controversy, an officer of the College or the director of media relations will alert the director of public safety. When needed, a space will be established near the Common Hour venue for peaceful demonstration.

Last update: 9 May 2013