To the best of my knowledge, all cities in this region claim some sort of easement, extending from the center line of any street to (usually) 25 feet on either side. This allows room for sidewalks, drainage accesses, potential road expansion, etc. (AFAIK, this is fairly standard practice throughout the U.S.) It’s my understanding that such areas (e.g., sidewalks) are considered “public property” rather than “private property” controlled by the owner of the lot. For instance, I’ve frequently read about protesters who, while they can be barred from private property such as driveways, parking lots, and buildings, can not be prevented from protesting on the public sidewalks in front of a private property.
Contrarily, my employer seems to think that they own the public sidewalks surrounding and interspersed between their properties and have the right to mandate behaviour of all persons thereon. They’ve stated that policies apply to ‘all persons on campus’ and specifically name ‘public areas’ and ‘sidewalks’ as covered by said policies. It is also possible that they’re only referring to internal sidewalks between buildings, and are using ambiguous language in an effort to stretch their control by intimidation to beyond the legal limits.
I don’t think they can actually do this legally, but I’m not sure where to go to find out. (I’m sure they will do their best to enforce it regardless of legality, unless one has the knowledge and willingness to argue.)
Can anyone point me in the right direction for getting solid information on this? There are a multitude of gov’t offices and I’m not sure which one to ask.
Disclaimer: I realize that most of you are not attorneys, most of you are not in my area, and none of you are MY attorney, and I wouldn’t look for actual legal advice on the Web anyway.