Bulletin boards offer ways to communicate, but caution is urged with unauthorized postings

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Students walk by them everyday.

They are in halls, in the middle of walking paths and in front of buildings.

They are everywhere. Campus bulletin boards are a way of communicating to the broader Delta College audience.

The purpose is to benefit students in any way possible by providing information about campus activities, housing opportunities, books for sale, job openings and other need-to-know information.

The availability of campus posting areas means the system can be used incorrectly, however, and that some flyers on campus may contain prohibited content.

Student Activities monitors many of the bulletin boards in common areas of campus and checks them twice a month. However, the office isn’t responsible for all boards on campus.

“Ads without an approval stamp will be removed, as well as ads that are posted using staples and/or tape,” said Tiffany Carrillo, Student Activities office secretary.

An approval stamp is free. Flyers are limited to a month run.

If an ad seems suspicious, such as a job posting that has little valid information regarding the position or where it is, Jim Vergara, campus public media coordinator, recommends using common sense when calling about these fliers.

Students are advised to exercise caution.

Those wishing to post must also abide by rules listed on a flyer registration form in the Student Activities office.

The rules include: No glue, no paste and no tape. Pushpins and thumbtacks are the only valid way to post.

Content is also examined for legitimacy. To consider a flyer legitimate, it must include a phone number and the name of the person.

Flyers listing only website information are not allowed and will not be considered.

Copies of approved flyers are also made available to campus police.

Still, unapproved items do show up on campus.

Campus police urge vigilance.

“These flyers are also placed illegally on vehicle windshields and areas on campus where posting is not allowed,” said Sgt. Mario Vasquez, of the campus police department, in an email interview.

Any ads placed on windshields, walls or doors do not follow the rules set forth by Student Activities for flyer registration, and may be considered risky.