Chalking Policy


No chalking is allowed on the following:

  • University buildings
  • Courtyard areas
  • Vertical surfaces
  • Arch of bridge walkways
  • Lakeshore path
  • Underneath any overhang
RSOs who choose to chalk notices on sidewalks or streets should cooperate promptly with any University or Madison Police requests for identification and information about the chalking activity. Chalking (an act of writing or drawing messages using chalk) is illegal by law. The UW Administrative Code 18.06(4) and Wisconsin State Statute 943.01 prohibit this activity. However, some chalking is allowed by the UW Police, UW Physical Department and the Dean of Students if the following restrictions are met and followed.

Additional Restrictions:

1) You can only use a water-based chalk. Oil-based aerosol chalk will not come off over time of its own accord, nor through daily exposure to the elements; water-based will. Water-based chalk rubs off or smears when you wipe your finger over it.

2) You can only apply the water-based chalk on sidewalks. Marking on a vertical surface requires physical effort to remove it; it will not come off on its own. This means that a Physical Plant employee must spend time and materials to remove it. Student organizations may be fined if Physical Plant has to remove any chalking on vertical surfaces or if water-based chalk was not used.

3) Chalk is only allowed on University sidewalks and University streets.

Keywords:CHALKING CHALK   Doc ID:10318
Owner:Geoff M.Group:Campus and Visitor Relations
Created:2009-06-07 19:00 CDTUpdated:2016-09-02 09:10 CDT
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