« on: March 03, 2010, 02:33:14 PM »
Casey, the situation at the U of MN is similar but worse to a certain extent. The Parkour and Freerunning Enthusiasts Club isn't allowed to train on campus officially, which defeats the purpose of the club altogether. After going to the university last spring, we petitioned them as part of the club and the entire MN community to let us train, prepared to go to the top with a Powerpoint and as many positive stats as we could dig up. After only our first meeting, whose goal was to figure out who we would actually present to, we received a letter stating that the university had officially declared that we were not allowed to train on campus.
We discovered, however, during the Midwest Jam, that the prohibition to train by the campus authorities was in official wording only. After speaking with 2 different police officers who approached us during the jam, they said that they were told to express concern for our safety, and then leave us to our training.
Moral of the Story: universities and colleges (especially the big ones) are businesses and must protect themselves legally as much as possible. That said, they don't necessarily need to follow through with what they say, if it impedes support from those who contribute to the business' success. Try not to take it personally, and keep training respectfully. If you ever wish to present your case again, feel free to contact me. I can send you my Powerpoint and/or give you some tips. There are other clubs and groups around the country who have experienced the same, and they can be of help as well.