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Reservations and Publicity

Last updated 06/16/2021

Student Activities facilitates the reservation of outdoor space and general-purpose classrooms for student organizations. We also coordinate the reservation of publicity spaces, such as a-frames and banners, as well as approval of event listings in HornsLink.  Student organization may visit Longhorn Connection for virtual event ideas and our Education and Training page for additional resources for operating in-person and virtually.

Reservations

General-Purpose Classroom Reservations

Student Activities is currently accepting reservation requests through Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Request for fall 2021 (August 25 - December 8) will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. To request space for summer 2021, an officer from a student organization must complete the room application form. Requests must adhere to the following guidelines:

Requests submitted that do not adhere to the above guidelines, may be denied. Student organization may submit a new request if needed.

If you have questions about reserving general-purpose classroom space, current UT safety guidelines or other event questions, please contact studentactivities@austin.utexas.edu.

Reserving Outdoor Space on Campus

Student Activities is currently accepting outdoor space requests for summer through Tuesday, August 24, 2021. To reserve a space, an officer from a student organization must complete the Outdoor Space request through the Mazevo Reservation System.

How to Request Space

  1. Log in with your EID and Password
  2. Select the UT Austin, Student Activities option
  3. Click Add New Event
  4. Enter information for Who section, press Next
  5. Enter information for When section, press Next
  6. For Where section, select the appropriate building (Outdoor Space) for the type of request then click Find Rooms
    1. Select the desired rooms/spaces for the proposed event and select Skip For All for setup type, and press Next at bottom of screen.
  7. Finish entering event information, answering required questions and press Book Room.
  8. Then Schedule your required event consultation

Requests must adhere to the guidelines below. Requests submitted that do not adhere to the above guidelines, may be denied. Student organization may submit a new request if needed.

If you have questions about reserving outdoor space, current UT safety guidelines or other event questions, please contact studentactivities@austin.utexas.edu.

Event Work Orders

Student organizations may request an event work order for tables, chairs, trash receptacles, stages and other resources they need for an event on campus. To create a work order, an officer is required to meet with a Student Activities staff member at least 14 days prior to the event. To schedule an appointment, contact the Student Organization Center (SOC) at 512-471-3065. Additional information about work order requests is available on the Work Order Request FAQ's page.

Event Planning Consultations

All general-purpose classrooms and outdoor reservation requests must complete a required event consultation with Student Activities at least fourteen (14) days prior to the event date. Thus, the reservation request should be submitted prior to that time. If a consultation is not completed at least fourteen (14) days in advance, the request may be cancelled and/or rescheduled for an alternative date. If your proposed event will have food, guest speakers, more than 10 attendees, need a work order, rental equipment or other types of structures, we recommend completing a consultation at least twenty-one (21) days in advance.

During event consultations, Student Activities staff members draw upon their knowledge of the Institutional Rules, university policies and best practices in event planning. Event consultations can lead to referrals to other departments on campus. Possible referrals include, but are not limited to:

Tabling

The purpose of tabling is to display literature and distribute information in order to recruit new members or raise awareness about an event, activity or topic that is important to the organization. Note: Reservations and tabling will not be permitted in spaces reserved for UT Summer Orientation. Please see our Reservations and Tabling During Summer Orientation post in HornsLink for more information.

General Guidelines for Tabling on Campus

Guidelines for Using University Tables on Campus

Jester Concourse Tables (Currently Unavailable)

Jester Concourse Tables reservations are unavailable for summer 2021. Student organization are not permitted to supply their own tables for this area.

Map of Tables

Publicity

Promoting on HornsLink

HornsLink has several tools and features that student organizations can use to help promote its events and activities including the events submission and news functions.

Event Submissions

Whether you are hosting an online meeting or an in-person event on campus, you can submit your student organizations event to be listed on the HornsLink events board. Visit the Creating a New Event for Your Organization to learn how to add your event.

All event submissions and updates must be submitted at least 3-5 business days in advance of the proposed event. Event submissions are reviewed during normal business hours from 8 a.m. CST to 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday to ensure that events and listings are in adherence withInstitutional Rules and policies.

For in-person events, the campus location must be listed and approved by the appropriate reservation office before the event submission will be accepted. It is recommended that the description be detailed and include information regarding safety guidelines for attendees.

For virtual events, be sure to add the appropriate platform link and information so potential participants have all the information. Student Activities may require you to complete an event consultation before approval is granted.

If you have questions regarding using HornsLink, please RSVP to attend one of our Discover HornsLink workshops or visit our virtual office hours.

Publish a News Story

Rather you want to highlight organization accomplishments, an outstanding member or promote an application to join your organization, you can use the News Tool to share any of these important updates.

Literature

Student organizations have the ability to distribute literature on campus. Literature can be used to advertise the organization, share information or promote an idea. Student organizations may sell, distribute, or display literature on campus in accordance with the following guidelines:

Literature is defined as any printed material that is produced in multiple copies for distribution to potential readers.

A-Frame Reservations

An a-frame is a temporary structure built and used by student organizations to advertise events and other information about their organization. A-frames are generally made of 2X4's and pieces of plywood. A student organization must submit an a-frame (RSO) reservation request through the Mazevo Reservation System and have that request confirmed by Student Activities before placing an a-frame on campus. The a-frame locations can be found on the West Mall Map (pdf).

How to Request Space:

  1. Log in with your EID and Password
  2. Select the UT Austin, Student Activities option
  3. Click Add New Event
  4. Enter information for Who section, press Next
  5. Enter information for When section, press Next
  6. For Where section, select the appropriate building, a-frame (RSO), for the type of request then click Find Rooms
    1. Select the desired room/a-frame space press Next at bottom of screen.
  7. Finish entering event information, answering required questions and press Book Room.
  8. Student Activities will follow up with you regarding your request

Rules for A-Frame Space Reservations:

For the fall semesters, a-frame reservation requests may be submitted beginning at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday in May. For the spring and summer semester, requests may be submitted beginning at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday in November.

If you have questions about reserving an a-frame space, please call Student Activities at 512-471-3065.

Banner Reservations

Student Activities reserves the West Mall and Jester banner spaces for student organizations on a Monday to Sunday basis. To apply for banner space, an officer must complete the banner (RSO) space request through the Mazevo Reservation System.

How to Request Space:

  1. Log in with your EID and Password
  2. Select the UT Austin, Student Activities option
  3. Click Add New Event
  4. Enter information for Who section, press Next
  5. Enter information for When section, press Next
  6. For Where section, select the appropriate building, banner's (RSO), for the type of request then click Find Rooms
    1. Select the desired room/a-frame space press Next at bottom of screen.
  7. Finish entering event information, answering any required questions and press Book Room.
  8. Student Activities will follow up with you regarding your request

West Mall Banner Policies

There are three West Mall banner spaces which can only be reserved in seven (7) day increments Monday-Sunday. Requests outside that time frame, including consecutive requests, will not be approved.

Banners cannot be more than 20' wide x 3' tall and must be made of heavy material to withstand the elements. Paper banners will not be accepted. Banners must have 8 three-inch slits in the banner for wind holes to prevent tearing, include grommets for rope and display the official name of the student organization or department.

Banners must include the appropriate length of rope, and the rope must be attached to the banner. The length of rope needed depends upon the banner size but the total width of the banner with rope must add up to at least 60 feet.

Student organizations are not allowed to hang their own banner in the West Mall. Banners must be dropped off at the Student Organization Center (2609 University Avenue, Suite 2.112) the Thursday before the reservation begins.

Jester Concourse Banner Policies

There are three Jester Concourse banner spaces which can only be reserved in seven (7) day increments Monday-Sunday. Requests outside that time frame, including consecutive requests, will not be approved. Banner locations include:

Banners must have 4 feet of rope attached to both the upper left and right corners of the banner, and display the official name of the student organization or department.

Student organizations and departments must hang and remove their own Jester banner. Any banner that is not removed at the end of a reservation or hung without an approved reservation may be removed. Student Activities is not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen banners.

If you have questions about reserving a Jester or West Mall banner space, please call Student Activities at 512-471-3065.

Flyers

Flyers may be distributed as literature or posted with prior approval inside of buildings. Indoor location policies and restrictions occur building by building. Contact the specific building manager prior to posting flyers in any interior area.