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Facility Use Policy

The Clemson University Facility Use Policy is an administrative policy that provides information and protocol for all activities and promotions on campus.


The complete Facility Use Policy (PDF) can be found here.


Appendices can be found below:

Appendix A: Clemson University Facilities Available for Use by Individuals and Groups not affiliated with Clemson University.

Appendix B: Clemson University Facility Use Request Form.

Appendix C: Sales and Solicitation Form.

Appendix D: Registration for Events with Alcohol.

Appendix E: General Posting/Publicity Locations.


The primary use of any Clemson University facility shall be for purposes related to the University’s missions. The instructional research and service needs of the University shall take precedence over any other prospective use of University facilities. The purpose of this policy is to set forth the conditions under which Clemson University facilities may be used by persons or organizations for purposes other than their primary function. There may be additional policies specific to certain facilities or for specific events and they may include more restrictive provisions than this policy. Persons or organizations seeking to use any University facility are advised to inquire about the existence of any such additional policies at the time they reserve its use.

This policy applies to any and all facilities owned, leased or under the authority of Clemson University, including all facilities located on the main campus, as well as all facilities located at other locations. “Facilities” shall include all buildings and structures, grounds, sidewalks, recreation areas, and streets considered to be part of the campus of the University. University facilities are divided into two general categories: publicly available facilities and instructional facilities.


2.1. Publicly Available Facilities are those facilities which the University makes available for use by individuals and groups that are not otherwise affiliated with Clemson University. A list of these facilities may be viewed at Appendix A. Any individual or group, including Clemson students, faculty and staff, may reserve and use these facilities for any lawful purpose. There is a fee associated with the use of any publicly available facility. Information regarding fees and reservations for these facilities can be obtained by contacting the individual at the address and number listed in Appendix A. Please note that many of these facilities have specific restrictions as to occupancy, hours of use, etc. and may not be available or suitable for every requested use. Use of alcohol at any event at a publicly available facility is subject to University policies, as stated below in Section 8.0 of this policy.


2.2. Instructional Facilities are those facilities of the University which are not publicly available and are only available to Clemson University students, faculty, and staff and officially recognized University organizations. Use of these facilities shall be restricted to activities related to the education, research and service missions of the University.


During summer sessions only, some instructional facilities may be used (on a space available basis) by non-affiliated groups holding summer programs on campus provided such use is jointly approved by the Office of Summer Programs and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. All arrangements must be made through the Office of Summer Programs for overnight summer programs or through the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies for day summer programs.


2.3. Procedures for the Use of Clemson University Facilities: Requests for the use of the facilities of Clemson University are to be submitted to the Authorized Designee for that facility. A list of Authorized Designees for University facilities is attached as Appendix A. The Authorized Designee for any facility not included in Appendix A shall be the Chief Business Officer. All requests should be in writing on the Clemson University Facility Use Request Form, shown in Appendix B. Additional approvals are required for use of facilities that will entail Sales and Solicitation (see Appendix C) or Events with Alcohol (see Appendix D). As noted in Section 1.0 above, certain facilities have additional registration or use requirements. Please check with the Authorized Designee when making reservations for a specific facility to ensure all requirements are met.


The completed Clemson University Facility Use Request Form (Appendix B) should be submitted to the Authorized Designee no later than seventy-two (72) hours prior to the anticipated use. Submission of the Form does not guarantee permission for use of the facilities requested. Generally, competing requests for use of a facility will be resolved on a “first come, first served” basis; however, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Authorized Designee.


2.4. “Fronting” by University Organizations: Instructional Facilities, as defined in Section 2.2 above are limited for use by Clemson University faculty, students, staff and officially recognized University organizations for activities related to the University’s education, research and service missions. Clemson University faculty, students, staff and organizations may not reserve an instructional facility on behalf of or for the use of an outside organization. Clemson University faculty, students, staff and organizations also may not reserve publicly available facilities on behalf of or for the use of an outside organization so the outside organization can use the facility at a reduced rate. This conduct constitutes “fronting” and is prohibited. The Authorized Designee of the University for an instructional facility may deny or rescind permission to use that facility if it is determined that the use is not primarily for the benefit of the faculty, student, staff or officially-recognized organization making the reservation. The Authorized Designee of the University for a publicly available facility may apply the public rate for use of the facility if it is determined that the use is not primarily for the benefit of the faculty, student, staff or officially-recognized organization making the reservation. The University shall not be liable or responsible for financial or other damages incurred by an individual or organization whose permission to use a facility is denied, rescinded or modified (including a rate change), pursuant to this fronting policy.

3.1. Speech and Assembly for University Students, Staff, Faculty, and Affiliated Groups: Clemson University supports the right of individuals (student, faculty, and staff) and groups that are affiliated with Clemson University to discuss, express, advocate or examine issues or ideas within constitutionally valid limitations. Expressive activities and inquiry are fundamental to the academic endeavor. However, with this right to free expression comes a responsibility to consider and accommodate the rights of other members of the campus community. Therefore, Clemson University affiliated individuals and groups may conduct orderly demonstrations or protests if they do not disrupt the normal or previously scheduled activities of the University or University affiliated entities, violate the free speech, assembly or movement of other individuals or organizations, damage property, or create an unsafe situation for any individual, group or organization. The use of public address systems or loudspeakers must comply with the requirements of section 7.0 below.


Although prior registration of demonstrations and protests by students, faculty, or staff or affiliated groups is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended. Prior registration and planning ensures that the desired space will be available on the appropriate date and time. Prior registration should be handled in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 2.3 above.


Nothing in this policy is intended to infringe upon any legal rights regarding freedom of speech. Application of the policy shall not be arbitrary or capricious and shall not be based upon the content of the proposed speech and nothing in this policy shall be interpreted in such a way as to discriminate on the basis of political, religious, social or other content.


3.2. Speech and Assembly for Non-Affiliated Individuals and Groups: The freedom to engage in free speech is protected by federal law, state law and University policy. Clemson University enforces its right to place reasonable restrictions on the time, place and manner that free speech activities shall occur on its facilities. The Vice President for Student Affairs (or his or her designee) will designate areas on campus for free speech activities by non-affiliated individuals or groups. The description of the free speech zones will be available at the Hendrix Student Center Information Desk. Non-affiliated individuals or groups wishing to engage in free speech activities in these areas must submit a reservation form (Appendix B) to the Hendrix Student Center at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the activity to reserve these spaces. Reservations will be approved on a space available basis. Priority will be given to Clemson University affiliated individuals and groups including departments, recognized student organizations, students, faculty and staff that submit requests to reserve these locations. The University reserves the right to have appropriate security present to preserve order and protect the safety of its students, employees and property. Speech and assembly shall be confined to the designated area and must not disrupt the normal or previously scheduled activities of the University or University affiliated entities, violate the free speech, assembly or movement of other individuals or organizations, damage property or create an unsafe situation for any individual, group or organization. The use of public address systems or loudspeakers must comply with the requirements of section 7.0 below.


Violations of section 3.2 of this policy could result in revocation of an approved reservation and the non-affiliated individual or group may be required to leave campus.


Nothing in this policy is intended to infringe upon any legal rights regarding freedom of speech. Application of the policy shall not be arbitrary or capricious and shall not be based upon the content of the proposed speech and nothing in this policy shall be interpreted in such a way as to discriminate on the basis of political, religious, social or other content.

All commercial sales, solicitations, advertising or other commercial activity on University facilities is strictly prohibited without prior authorization from the University. “Commercial sales, solicitations, advertising or other commercial activity” shall mean any activity whose purpose is to inform, induce or encourage individuals or groups to purchase, rent, lease, or use (or not purchase, rent, lease, or use) any goods or services. Individuals or groups wishing to engage in sales and solicitations must submit a Sales and Solicitations Form (Appendix C) to the Hendrix Student Center no later than seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the requested event. All authorized sales and solicitations shall be subject to applicable local, state, and federal laws. No sales and solicitation shall interfere or conflict with the normal conduct of the activities and missions of the University and its students and employees.


The University has designated certain facilities and areas for authorized sales and solicitations. Activities may be further restricted to specific times and dates as determined by the University. Failure to comply with any such restrictions shall subject the individual or group to immediate revocation of authorization to engage in the activity and may further result in disciplinary action, including criminal prosecution for trespass.


Door-to-door solicitation and sales is strictly forbidden on any University facility for any reason. Sales and solicitation in any student residential facility and any classroom or work area is prohibited unless such sales and solicitation is requested by a resident (in the case of student residential facilities) or employee (in the case of a classroom or office area) and the resident or employee must sign the Sales and Solicitations Form (Appendix C). In such cases, approval shall generally be restricted to that resident or employee’s room or work area.


4.1. Athletic Events. Commercial sales and solicitations, advertising or other commercial activity on the day of an on-campus athletic event are not permitted within 100 feet of the venue of the athletic event or in the area described as the area east of Lake Hartwell, south of highway 93, and west and north of Silas Pearman Boulevard (Perimeter Road). Exceptions to these limitations may be granted by the Athletic Department and requests for an exception should be submitted on a Sales and Solicitations Form (Appendix C) and submitted to the Athletic Department no later than seventy-two (72) hours before the proposed event.