Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 708.0
Use of University Facilities and Outdoor Space
Campus Events and COVID-19
This policy shall supplement Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 708.0 and all other applicable policies governing campus events for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency or until otherwise determined by the Chancellor.
All campus events, as defined herein, are to be held in accordance with all applicable University, Arkansas Department of Health, and other State of Arkansas rules, executive orders, and guidance for indoor and outdoor gatherings during the pandemic, including with regard to social distancing, facility capacity, and use of face coverings. Hours of occupancy for facilities and spaces may be modified or staggered to limit group sizes and ensure proper distancing. Certain facilities or locations may be unavailable during the pandemic.
For purposes of this policy, an event is an on-campus gathering that is hosted by an official University of Arkansas unit or recognized student organization, or that is approved through the University’s reservation process. Scheduled classes and informal small group gatherings are not covered under this policy.
As a condition of approval for campus events, event sponsors must certify that they agree to abide by all applicable COVID-19 directives of the Arkansas Department of Health/State of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas. Failure to comply with such public health directives may lead to suspension or termination of the event. In addition to any other event approval requirements which may apply, event sponsors are required to submit the Campus Events and COVID-19 Authorization and Approval Form to the designated University officials for review and approval. Please keep in mind the following:
- Each event is to be approved on a case-by-case basis.
- Due to public health concerns, large gatherings are discouraged (and may not be allowed) at least through the end of the fall semester.
- Approved events may be cancelled or altered if public health concerns warrant a change in conditions.
- Online and virtual events are encouraged.
- Student Union
- The Student Union will operate under modified hours and adjustments will be made according to the rhythms of the campus and in accordance with all university, state and health department guidance.
- Approved events shall use sanitation protocols and social distancing practices.
- Event sponsors (other than official UA units) must agree to hold the University harmless for any risk of harm or illness to participants that may result from the event.
- Food service (if offered) will be limited to individual portions. Buffet or self-service will not be offered. See Ozark Catering information at this link: https://uark.catertrax.com/
Event approval policies and submission protocols are listed below, subject to change based on updates to any applicable policies or event guidelines from the State of Arkansas or the University.
- On campus events for the campus community (no members of the public) with 100 or less attendees shall require social distancing and face coverings. Requires approval of unit director or department head/chair.
- On campus events for the campus community (no members of the public) with more than 100 attendees shall require social distancing and face coverings. Requires approval of unit director/ department head/chair, Dean (or designee), and Vice Chancellor.
- On campus events including members of the campus community and members of the public with 100 or less attendees (10 or fewer for indoor events) shall require social distancing and face covering. Requires approval of unit director/department head/chair, Dean (or designee), and Vice Chancellor.
- On campus events for the campus community and members of the public with 100 or more attendees (10 or fewer for indoor events) shall require social distancing and face covering. Requires approval of unit director/ department chair, Dean (or designee), and Vice Chancellor as well as submission to and approval by the Arkansas Department of Health at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event.
- Following Vice Chancellor approval, but before the event organizer submits the approval request to ADH, the event organizer will notify the University’s public safety liaison to the ADH, who will review and approve all submissions and document approved and denied requests.
- The form to submit plans for ADH approval is available here: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/adh-event-plan-submission
- The event organizer shall furnish a copy of ADH approval documentation to the UA public safety liaison, as well as Facilities Management and the Building Executive for the event location.
Organizers should check with ADH regarding expected turn-around times for approval. The event sponsor shall keep a record of their event approval under this policy on hand during the event. In addition, event organizers are strongly encouraged to compile and maintain a list of event participants so the information is available if needed for contact tracing.
The provisions of this policy are subject to any contrary requirements imposed by law.
- General Policies
- University facilities and outdoor space are governed by the policies of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas and exist for the primary purpose of serving a planned and scheduled program of educational activity. Consistent with Board of Trustees Policy 705.1 and UA Systemwide Policies and Procedures 715.1, when not required for the University’s organized educational programming or official functions, and subject to other University policies and governing law, University facilities or outdoor space may be made available for use by members of the campus community and non-University entities. In particular, outdoor space is available for expressive activity by members of the campus community, subject to restrictions stated in this policy. Among other things, this policy establishes reasonable time, place and manner provisions governing use of University facilities and outdoor space for expressive activity.
- Members of the Campus Community and Non-University Entities.
- For purposes of this policy, members of the campus community shall only include colleges, departments, and other University organizational units; faculty; staff; administrators; University-related foundations and the University alumni association; enrolled students and registered student organizations; and their respective invited guests.
- Non-University entities are individuals and organizations that are not members of the campus community and are not invited in advance by a member of the campus community.
- Non-Interference with University and Expressive Activity. Use of University facilities or space must not materially and substantially interfere with the functioning of the University or another person’s expressive activity if occurring in an area under exclusive use or control of a particular group. Moreover, such use is generally conditioned on receiving prior approval consistent with the procedures described below. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, all uses of University facilities and outdoor space by members of the campus community or non-University entities shall remain subordinate to the University’s right to use the facilities at any time to advance the mission of the institution.
- Private Business Activity and Fundraising. Subject to official economic development initiatives of the University and services officially authorized by the University to enhance the educational setting for students, faculty and staff, University facilities and outdoor space may not be used for the conduct of private business activity. Any uninvited private business solicitation, including any private fundraising activity, in University facilities or on University grounds is prohibited. Further, campaign fundraising is prohibited.
- Priority for University Use.
- Consistent with the University’s educational mission, first priority for use of facilities or outdoor space shall go to University academic, administrative, and programmatic units for educational programming and official functions, and the University reserves the right to modify or cancel reservations accordingly.
- Moreover, to help ensure a diverse array of activities and uses, non-University entities are limited to an initial total of five reservations each Fall Semester, Spring semester, and summer, with any portion of a calendar day considered one reservation.
- After the initial total of five reservations per semester has been obtained by a non-University entity, other non-University entities that wish to reserve space shall take priority; provided, however, if other non-University entities have not submitted a reservation request for a location in accordance with Section II below, then a reservation request submitted by a non-University entity that has utilized its initial total of five reservations shall be considered and processed consistent with this policy.
- Furthermore, after the initial total of five reservations per semester, non-University entities may receive no more than three reservations at a time.
- Reservations may be requested up to one year in advance but must be requested no later than three business days prior to the day of the event.
- Restricted Periods. Only official academic and administrative units of the University, University-related foundations and the University alumni association, and registered student organizations with approval of their faculty advisor, are allowed to reserve spaces and/or facilities during “Dead Days,” any official final examination periods, and all dates of any official University Commencement activities.
- Financial Responsibility. Those requesting reservations must agree to be financially responsible for all costs pertaining to the reservation, including but not limited to security costs, cleanup, or damage to University property associated with the event organizers and invited or expected attendees. Moreover, if warranted by the nature of the event, the University may require a requestor to obtain appropriate insurance coverage and/or to indemnify the University, its officials and employees for any claims pertaining to the use of the University’s facilities.
- RSO and Student Reservations. Registered student organization reservations should be made with the prior approval of the faculty or staff advisor. Subject to all other provisions of this policy, if no registered student organization affiliation exists, individual students may make reservation requests directly. These provisions are not intended to limit informal student use of small group study or meeting space reserved according to facility-specific policies.
- Spontaneous Gatherings. In general, members of the campus community are expected to utilize the space reservation process to facilitate orderly and coordinated use. Subject to other provisions of this policy, members of the campus community with a reserved space will have priority over others seeking to use an area during the scheduled time period for an expressive activity. However, this policy does not prevent, or require reservations for, spontaneous and contemporaneous gatherings of members of the campus community to assemble, speak, and distribute literature in outdoor locations that are generally accessible to the campus community, that are not already reserved for another activity, and that do not materially and substantially interfere with other University activities. Such gatherings are expressly allowed, subject to all other provisions of this and other applicable University policies. Members of the campus community engaging in spontaneous gatherings may be requested to furnish identification to confirm their official association with the University or documentation of invitation.
- Encouragement of Expression. At all times this policy shall be implemented consistent with the University’s core purpose of the advancement of knowledge, including fostering vigorous discussion among members of the University Community, and consistent with First Amendment principles. Various forms of expression, including peaceful assemblies, speeches, leafletting, circulating petitions, distributing literature, and similar expressive communications and activities that are non-commercial in nature, and that comply with this and other applicable University policies, are encouraged. This policy shall be implemented consistent with Ark. Code. Ann. §§ 6-60-1001 through 1010.
- Reservation Procedures
The following procedures apply to reservations requested by members of the campus community or non-University entities. This includes, but is not limited to, space reservations for such expressive activities as peaceful assemblies and speeches, distribution of literature, and circulating petitions:
- Indoor Space: Those requesting a reservation of an indoor University facility/space should contact the building executive responsible for that location and follow any policies and procedures established for that site. Reservations of indoor space with seating capacity of 100 or more by non-University entities are subject to additional requirements described below.
- Outdoor Space:
- Those requesting a reservation of an outdoor University facility/space must complete a reservation request and submit the request to Facilities Management or the office responsible for the location.
- Facilities Management or the office responsible for the location will circulate the proposed reservation to other appropriate offices for input based on the nature of the request.
- Following review, Facilities Management (or the office responsible) will notify the requestor whether the reservation has been approved.
- If approved, then Facilities Management (or the office responsible) shall notify the organizer, add the reservation to the University calendar, and notify University Relations, the Office of Student Activities, and the University of Arkansas Police Department (UAPD). Other units directly affected will also be notified.
- Outdoor Reservation Submission: Reservation requests are submitted through the Facilities Management Website.
- Security Assessment: If a planned event
- is expected to have 500 or more people in attendance (100 or more for reservations by non-University entities); or
- if a security assessment is requested by a University official; or
- if, in the opinion of the organizer, the event might require security, then, in all such instances, the space reservation request shall be referred to the Director of UAPD or the Director’s designee to conduct an assessment of potential security needs. The event organizer shall cooperate and provide any information necessary to conduct the assessment. UAPD must certify that this review (including development of an event security plan, if needed) has been completed prior to University approval of the space reservation. If the Director or his designee recommends that security be provided for the event, UAPD will provide a brief description of the expected arrangements and estimated costs to the organizer; costs associated with invited or expected guests shall be the responsibility of the event organizer as a condition of approval of the reservation, along with any other required costs. Security assessment criteria are attached as Appendix A.
- Approval Subject to Review: At all times, any reservation approval is conditioned upon full compliance with all
University policies and all reservation requirements. The University reserves the
right to disapprove the request (or terminate the reservation) of any entity that
- fails to comply with University policies or state or federal law,
- fails to cooperate fully and promptly with University procedures or requests for clarification of information or attendance projections,
- provides false or misleading information, or
- which has damaged University facilities at any time.
General criteria for review are attached as Appendix B. For general outdoor space, decisions on space reservations for members of the campus community are made by Facilities Management in consultation with the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (VCFA); for non-University entities, decisions are made by the VCFA. Except as otherwise established by University policy, reservation decisions for other space and facilities are made by the relevant vice chancellor. Any decision to deny a reservation shall be promptly communicated in writing to the requester and shall clearly set forth the basis of the denial.
- Appeals: If all required information has been furnished but a space reservation request is not approved, the requestor may appeal the decision to the Chancellor. The appeal shall be in writing and shall clearly indicate the basis for the appeal. The decision of the Chancellor shall be final.
- Event Parking: Anyone organizing special campus events requiring parking for visitors will be responsible for requesting parking arrangements at least two weeks prior to the event. Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 320.1 covers the parking requirements for special events. Organizers should contact Transit and Parking to make arrangements at (479) 575-3304 or (479) 575-4970.
- Available Facilities: A list of reservable facilities/spaces available to student organizations and the approving official/department is available under the Building Reservation Guide on the Office of Student Affairs Resgistered Student Organization website.This list is compiled for reference purposes only. Descriptive information regarding facility availability, use and applicability of charges to any facility/space is subject to change. The list of reservable outdoor spaces can be found on the Facilities Management website.
- RSO Fundraisers: Fundraisers sponsored by Registered Student Organizations must be approved by the Office of Student Activities (A665 Arkansas Union) no later than two weeks before the event is to take place. The fundraising form is available in the Office of Student Activities. The Office of Student Organization Accounts (213 Arkansas Union) keeps records of income generated by the activity. All funds must be deposited with the Office of Student Organization Accounts.
- Larger Internal Facilities – Reservations by Non-University Entities: The following additional requirements apply to any reservations of larger (seating
capacity of 100 or more) internal facilities such as lecture halls by non-University
entities, when such usage is otherwise allowed by the unit that administers the space
and applicable University policies:
- At least five business days must be provided for the required security review by UAPD.
- The building executive for the space must provide the relevant vice chancellor a copy of the reservation request at least five business days prior to approval.
- The entity must have in place at the time of approval and maintain throughout the event a Commercial General Liability insurance policy with minimum limits of no less than $1 million per occurrence. A certificate of insurance listing the University and the University’s trustees, officers, directors, employees, agents and volunteers as additional insureds must be furnished by the entity reserving the facility prior to the event. The entity’s coverage shall be primary over any other coverage or liability.
- The entity must provide a security deposit if required by the building executive. A security deposit may include any base amounts for cleaning fees and security costs, and some or all of any required usage fees.
- The entity must agree to be responsible for any accessibility needs of attendees.
- No event may be announced or publicized prior to approval of the event by authorized University officials.
- These requirements may be modified in some respects for certain facilities with the written approval of the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee.
- Additional Facility Use Policies
- Organizer Presence Required: The organizer must be present throughout the event. For a reserved event, the organizer must have a copy of the approved reservation form for the duration of the function and present the form to UAPD if requested. A reserved event may be terminated by UAPD for failure to have a copy of the approved reservation form on the premises.
- Impact on Regular Operations. Activities must not create unreasonable safety risks or materially disrupt vehicle traffic or pedestrian traffic, or scheduled University programs or events. Activities must not block free passage of walkways or other common areas or impede regular operations of the University.
- Alteration of University Property: Alteration or physical modification of property owned or leased by the University is not permitted. To prevent damage to the University infrastructure, tents and other similar temporary structures must be anchored to the landscape by anchor weights (concrete blocks, barrels filled with water or sand, etc.). Tent stakes cannot be used anywhere on the campus landscape.
- Decorations: Where decorations are being installed for an event, the organizer must have decorations approved and/or facilities inspected for safety (for example, for fire risk) by Facilities Management or the facility official.
- Property Damage: Any group or individual that causes damage to University property must pay any charges necessary to return the property to its original state; University employees, students or organizations may also be subject to disciplinary action.
- Organizer Arrangements:The organizer shall be responsible for addressing issues such as special power requirements, access to restrooms, adequate waste receptacles, and inclement weather sites. Many campus buildings are closed after hours and on weekends/holidays; therefore, power and restrooms are not readily available. If waste receptacles are overflowing after an event, then the requester/sponsoring group will be charged the additional cleanup costs incurred by the department that operates the facility/outdoor space. The organizer shall be solely responsible for any and all costs arising from or relating to any event and by requesting to use University facilities agrees to pay all such charges.
- Signage: Signage on Campus (including yard signs) is governed by Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 723.0.
- Publicity, Handouts and Printed Materials: All publicity, handouts, printed materials, and the like are governed by University policies and procedures. These procedures are outlined in the Student Handbook under "Publicity and Literature" and Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 723.0.
- Sidewalk and Hardscape Permits: Any group that has been approved for space and will need vehicles on sidewalks or the hardscape for set-up or tear-down of their event will be required to fill out the appropriate forms and have a permit issued from the Director of Operations & Maintenance prior to their event. Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 731.0 covers the appropriate procedures for obtaining permission to park on sidewalk and hardscape. For more information, contact Facilities Management at 479-575-6441.
- Smoking Policy/Tobacco Use; Alcohol: Smoking and the use of tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products), as well as the use of electronic cigarettes, by students, faculty, staff and visitors are prohibited on all University of Arkansas properties, Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 724.0. The purchase, service, possession, distribution, and consumption of alcoholic beverages is restricted on University property except as authorized under Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 700.5.
- Game Day Policy: Game day and tailgating activities are governed by Fayetteville Policies and Procedures
- If an individual or group would like to reserve game day space for private or non-commercial purposes that is not in a location managed by University Athletics, a space reservation request must be submitted according to the procedures outlined in this policy at least 3 days prior to the event.
- Such space on campus during a home game weekend is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Walks and Runs: In addition to other aspects of this policy, walks and runs on campus are governed
by the following procedures:
- All walks or runs are limited to Saturdays or Sundays only.
- Any organized walk or run is prohibited on dead days, final exam days, University commencement days, home football game weekends (including the spring scrimmage game), home basketball game days, and any time that the University is closed for an official holiday.
- Routes and street closures must be preapproved by UAPD and the organizer is responsible for obtaining the appropriate security assessment and paying all applicable fees (see provisions above for more information about security assessments).
- Any walk or run that involves roads that are off-campus must furnish their approval from the City of Fayetteville before their University reservation request can be approved.
- No non-University organization fundraising or sale of food or beverages is allowed to occur on campus in conjunction with such events.
- Non-Discrimination. Events must comply with applicable University policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment, consistent with First Amendment principles.
- Sound Regulations on Campus and Respect for Others
- Noise Disturbances to be Avoided: University entities and non-University entities must respect others’ rights by not creating noise disturbances on the campus or around residences. The sound regulations apply to outdoor campus events that may potentially cause noise disturbances regardless of whether or not amplified sound is used (e.g., outdoor music performances).
- Maximum Decibel Levels: Absent a written waiver from the University, outdoor events held on campus must abide
by the following sound regulations, which prohibit unreasonable sound disturbance.
- A level of 70 decibels may be permitted in approved locations from 6:00 p.m. Sunday through 6:00 p.m. Friday.
- A level of 80 decibels may be permitted in approved locations from 6:00 p.m. Friday through 6:00 p.m. Sunday, provided that the use of sound systems during the weekend must be terminated by 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
- Additional Sound Restrictions: During the week (Sunday evening through Friday afternoon), sound systems may be used on campus and around University residences only between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and only in preapproved locations.
- Noise Complaint Procedures: If a complaint is registered with UAPD, then decibel levels will be measured by UAPD from the location of the activity as well as at the source of the complaint to assure compliance with approved levels. An attempt will be made to work cooperatively with the event organizer in assuring approved sound levels. Subject to all other provisions of this policy, if cooperation by the organizer does not occur or if approved sound levels are not attained, as determined by UAPD, the event may be terminated.
- End of Semester Policy: Outdoor events that could create noise disturbances on campus will not be approved after the last day of classes through the end of finals each fall and spring semester.
- Notification to Others: Event organizers are responsible for notifying parties potentially affected by their event sound levels or activities. The University may approve lower sound levels in locations surrounding Fayetteville residential areas.
- Official Events: Any official athletic contest or spirit event sponsored or hosted by Athletics or any Razorback Band practice or performance, or official campus-wide events designated by the Office of Student Affairs, shall be exempt from the sound restrictions contained in this policy, provided that they do not interrupt the academic mission of the University.
- Addressing Non-Compliance: Through education and outreach, the University will seek to work with members of
the campus community and non-University entities to achieve voluntary compliance with
this policy. However, in the event of violations, including but not limited to unauthorized
events, based on the nature and severity of the violation, groups or individuals may
be subject to the following:
- Modification or cancellation of reservations and/or ineligibility to request reservations in the future.
- Employee or student discipline according to established University policies and handbooks.
- Removal from the location and issuance of a no-trespass warning.
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