Planning an Event on the Blacksburg Campus
It is imperative to plan and apply for event approvals as far as possible in advance. Several of the processes described below require up to 45 days’ advance notice.
Before proceeding, review University Policy 5000: Facilities Usage and Event Approval. This webpage is intended to guide event organizers through the event planning process and assist them in complying with University Policy 5000, but does not supersede any requirements of university policy or the additional requirements of university offices charged with ensuring the safety, security, and health of the campus community.
Does the event have a university sponsor?
An officially listed student organization, a university department, or a university-affiliated organization who accepts responsibility for complying with the requirements of section 2.2.2 of University Policy 5000 for a specific event.
All events on campus must have an official university sponsor. An official university sponsor must be a university department, an officially listed student organization, or a university-affiliated organization.
Note: A contractual agreement with certain university offices (such as Housing and Residence Life Conference and Guest Services, Dining Services, or the Student Engagement and Campus Life Event Services) serves as a form of event sponsorship for purposes of compliance with University Policy 5000.
No = Find an official university sponsor.
Yes = Proceed to step 2.
Is the university sponsor an officially-listed student organization?
Officially Listed Student Organization
A student group that has submitted the proper documentation to the Student Centers and Activities Office in accordance with established procedures to obtain the privilege of conducting activities on the Virginia Tech campus in accordance with established policies and procedures
No = Proceed to step 3.
Yes = Contact Student Engagement and Campus Life Event Services for verification of the student organization eligibility (and to confirm the contacts authorized to do business with the university on behalf of each student organization).
Will the event occur in a major venue and include contracted performers?
Major venues include:
Burruss Hall Auditorium
Graduate Life Center Auditorium & Multi-Purpose Room
Johnston Student Center
Outdoor Public Spaces
Rector Field House
Squires Student Center
War Memorial Gym
No (to both) = Proceed to step 4.
Yes (to one, but not the other) = No special action required. Contact Student Engagement and Campus Life Event Services for questions regarding major venues or Procurement for questions regarding contracting of performers.
Yes (to both) = Review University Policy 8215: Major Entertainment Sponsorship and, if appropriate, contact Student Engagement and Campus Life Event Services.
Does the event have a venue reservation?
Written confirmation that a university sponsor has scheduled a specific university space with the appropriate university scheduling office for a specific event or date and time.
Yes = Proceed to step 5.
No = Contact the university scheduling office responsible for the space you wish to reserve.
University Scheduling Office
A Virginia Tech office/department that has been delegated (by the Vice President for Administration) the general responsibility for scheduling specific university space(s).
Note: In accordance with University Policy 5000, all university scheduling offices are required to register certain events that occur in their spaces in 25Live, the university's system of record for events and academic space management. University sponsors must provide information that certifies compliance with certain requirements in the steps below. If a university sponsor or event organizer does not provide information necessary for completing registration of the event in a timely manner, the university scheduling office may cancel the venue reservation. Questions about 25Live, including those related to system access, should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the event involve overnight occupancy of a university facility?
When event attendees, but not necessarily students or employees acting in an individual capacity, will be present in 1) any campus residence hall for lodging purposes or 2) any other university facility between the normal closing and opening times of the facility. Any potential changes or exceptions to normal closing and opening times of facilities necessary to accommodate events should be discussed by the university sponsor with the university scheduling office and the Virginia Tech Police Department.
No = Proceed to step 6.
Yes = Will the overnight occupancy occur outside a residence hall?
Yes = Request special permission from the university scheduling office and the Virginia Tech Police Department.
Does the event require any special permits (including but not limited to the following items)?
Amusement devices, generators, and outdoor lighting equipment (Permits and Inspections)
Open and/or prescribed burns – including campfires, bonfires, fire bowls, and other recreational type fires (Office of Environmental Health and Safety)
Flame effects – including fireworks (Office of Environmental Health and Safety)
Special effects – including smoke, haze or fog machines (Office of Environmental Health and Safety)
If you have a special circumstance that may require another type of permit, please contact the appropriate university scheduling office or Student Engagement and Campus Life Event Services.
No = Proceed to step 11.
Yes or not sure = Contact the appropriate office from the list above or Student Engagement and Campus Life Event Services.
Does the event involve sales, solicitation, and/or advertising?
No = Proceed to step 15.
Yes = Review University Policy 5215. Questions?
- No = Proceed to step 15.
- Yes - Non-student organization events = Use the sales, solicitation, and advertising clarification request.
- Yes - Student organization sponsored events = Contact the Student Engagement and Campus Life Event Services.
Does the event involve vehicles (including electric/gas utility-type vehicles)?
No = Proceed to step 16.
Yes = Review University Policies 5005 and 5501, the parking and traffic regulations, and Office of Risk Management's insurance requirements. Provide documentation of insurance compliance if necessary to Office of Risk Management. Questions or requests for exceptions?
Does the event involve animals?
No = Proceed to step 18.
Yes = Are the animals being used for teaching and/or research purposes, or is the event limited to service animals? (Section 2.7.5 of University Policy 5000)
Any dog (or under particular circumstances a miniature horse) that meets the definition of “Service Animal” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) regulations, and that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed must be directly related to the individual’s disability.
Yes = Proceed to step 18.
No = Contact the university scheduling office to request an exception from the appropriate dean(s) and/or vice president(s).