Reservations and Publicity
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 events in HornsLink. Currently, we are not accepting reservation requests for spring/summer 2020. See our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page for updates regarding on-campus reservations and events.
General-Purpose Classroom Reservations
Student organizations may reserve general-purpose classrooms by completing the room application form. Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and all reservations are processed in the order that they were received.
Reservation Day is the day that student organizations may begin submitting reservation requests for the upcoming semester. Reservation Day for fall semesters is 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday in May. Reservation Day for the spring semester is 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday in November. Although requests may be submitted on these dates, Student Activities will not be given access by the Registrar to schedule rooms for up to three months. Indoor reservations may require an indoor event consultation.
There are limitations on the amount of reservations that can be made at different points in the reservation schedule. Between Reservation Day and August 23, 2020, each student organization will be permitted to submit:
- 2 semester long requests totaling no more that 32 individual dates/rooms, and
- 2 individual reservation requests totaling no more that 6 individual dates/rooms
Reservations exceeding the limits above will be denied. Between August 23, 2020 and end of the fall semester, each student organization will be permitted to submit additional and unlimited requests.
To change a room reservation (date, time, location, etc.), an officer must respond to the original room reservation confirmation or email the Facilities Coordinator and include all the information regarding their request including name of student organization, date / time / location of reservation, and the reservation confirmation number. Once the request is processed, an updated room reservation confirmation will be emailed to the organization. Do not fill out a new room reservation application to request changes.
Reserving Outdoor Space on Campus
Student organizations may reserve outdoor space on campus for their events and activities. To reserve a space, an officer from a student organization must complete the Outdoor Space Request (RSO) through the University Unions event space reservations system. Student organizations may request outdoor space on a first come first serve basis.
Reservation Day is the day that student organizations may begin submitting reservation requests for the upcoming semester. Reservation Day for fall semesters is 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday in May. Reservation Day for the spring semester is 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday in November. Officers must complete an outdoor event consultation with a Student Activities staff member before the reservation request will be confirmed. Contact the Student Organization Center within seven days of your event submission to schedule a consultation by calling 512-471-3065.
To change a outdoor reservation (date, time, location, etc.), an officer must respond to the original outdoor reservation confirmation or email Student Activities and include all the information regarding their request including name of student organization, date, time, and location of reservation. You may be required to complete a follow up consultation.
Event Work Orders (not available for spring/summer 2020)
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
Student organizations enjoy the privilege of using the University to host events. Reserving outdoor space on campus requires an outdoor event consultation with a Student Activities staff member. Some indoor space reservations may also require an event consultation. During their 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:
- University of Texas Police Department for event security
- Parking and Transportation Services for parking permits
- Environmental Health and Safety for food distribution and live animal permits
- Fire Prevention Services for approval for use of open flames and tents
Student organizations can table to display literature, distribute information and for other forms of expression.
Any outdoor location (except for the Main Mall) can be appropriate for tables, provided that the tables do not disrupt other University functions or interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Consult with Student Activities for ideas and information about appropriate locations to place tables on campus.
Student organizations can supply their own tables or use tables provided by the University. University tables are available for use in the West Mall and Gregory Gym Plaza. These tables may be checked out from the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) and Gregory Gym, respectively. Failure to return tables to the facility which they were checked out or damaging the tables can result in loss of privileges. Table check out is not available for spring/summer 2020.
Jester Concourse Tables
To apply for Jester Table space, an officer must complete a University Unions Event Space Reservation. Space is limited to seven locations, which are numbered (1-7) on the walls of Jester.
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:
- The literature does not promote a for-profit business, organization, agency, or national association.
- The literature is not distributed by hawking, shouting, or accosting individuals.
- Literature that is dropped on the ground in the area where it was distributed must be picked up by the student organization.
Literature is defined as any printed material that is produced in multiple copies for distribution to potential readers.
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-frames may not be larger than 5' x 5'.
A student organization must submit an A-Frame Reservation Request 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).
Rules for A-Frame Space Reservations:
- A-frames must be put out by the student organization no more than 12 hours before the start of their reservation and removed no later than 12 hours after their reservation ends.
- If an a-frame is not removed at the appropriate time, it will be removed and a bar will be placed on the student organization.
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.
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 authorized representative must complete the Banner Space Request.
Reservations are assigned according to a priority system, which includes the date of the request, size and longevity of the event, and availability of space. For the fall semester, banner space reservation requests may be submitted beginning at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday in May. For the spring and summer semesters, requests may be submitted beginning at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday in November.
Once your organization is assigned a banner space, you will be notified via email. Banners must be dropped off at the SOC by Noon the Thursday before the banner is to be hung. Banners must include the appropriate length of rope already attached in order to be accepted. The length of rope needed depends upon the banner size. Details about rope are available in the Banner Space Request.
If the student organization has confirmed banner space in Jester, the group is able to set up the banner on their own. Organizations are responsible for removing their banner on the last day of the reservation. Student Activities is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen banners.
- Not exceed: 20' x 3' in size (West Mall banner space is 40 feet wide)
- Have slits in banner for wind resistance
- Have grommets for rope
Student Organizations must not have had the same banner space the previous week. No consecutive requests for the same space will be approved.
Banner space is also available at the following location:
- The McCombs School of Business has banner space on the bridge over 21st Street, between the McCombs School of Business and the UTC. To hang a banner in this location, go to the Dean's Office at GSB 2.102 (512-471-5921) to fill out an application.
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.