Decorating Policies

Spaces at the Armstrong Student Center may not be set up or decorated in any manner without prior consent from the Armstrong Student Center staff. The Armstrong Student Center must approve the location and type of special decorations, banners or signs (indoor and outdoor).

  • Standard Armstrong Student Center signage must not be covered or otherwise obstructed

  • All exit doors, exit lights, fire sprinkler heads, fire alarm pulls, fire extinguishers and other emergency or safety equipment must be kept free of obstacles or decorative material

  • Decorations, balloons, signs, banners, etc. may not be taped, nailed, tacked, stapled or otherwise fastened to ceilings, walls, doors, windows, painted surfaces or columns

  • Caution must be taken to keep all paper or cloth free from light fixtures

  • Decorations and all outdoor and indoor directional signage must be removed immediately following the event

  • The use of decorations, exhibits, or displays must arrange with the Armstrong Student Center for labor to set up and remove materials

Prohibited Items and Practices

Please note the following items are not permitted in the Armstrong Student Center:

  • Straw or other dry plant material, including fresh cut trees

  • Special effects equipment, such as smoke, fog and fire machines, etc.

  • The burning of candles, incense, or other substances producing open flame is strictly prohibited in the Armstrong Student Center at all times

  • Glitter, sand weights, confetti, rice, bird seed, dance wax, powder or similar materials

  • Adhesive-backed (stick-on) decals or similar items

  • Any paint, chemicals or liquids that can damage the facility

  • Portable helium tanks

  • Any extensive electrical power usage must be approved by Armstrong Student Center Staff; extension cords may not be plugged into other extension cords

  • Tape may not be used on floors unless it is designated as “floor tape”. Floor tape will be provided upon request. Regular masking, box, or duct tape is not permitted on any walls, floors, or ceilings.

  • Any freestanding decorations must be stable in nature and lightweight in construction

  • Balloons are allowed, but must be weighted or tied to centerpieces/chairs; any balloons that come loose might incur fees for retrieval.  Balloons may not be brought into the Bicentennial Rotunda

  • Dry ice is allowed in the Armstrong Student Center with prior approval by Armstrong Student Center Staff and must be handled by a knowledgeable person

  • Electric lights can be used as long as they are used in compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations

  • Painting is prohibited within the reservable spaces inside the Armstrong Student Center

Additional Information

Any special needs for decorations, exhibits and displays beyond the scope of this policy must be approved by the Armstrong Student Center staff.

Violation of any of these policies may result in suspension of facility reservation privileges for the semester. Additionally, any damages done will be repaired by the Armstrong Student Center and the client will be billed for all costs incurred on the basis of materials required and staff time. Similarly, excessive cleaning charges will be billed to the client.

The Armstrong Student Center is not responsible for the loss of any materials, displays, gifts, favors or other items left in the building.

Requests for exceptions to any of the Armstrong Student Center policies should be referred to the Director, or the Director’s designee, and may be referred to the Armstrong Student Center Board.