UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Student Organizations

3. Student Organization Procedures and Guidelines

Why should my organization reserve a space?

We encourage all student organizations to reserve a space for planned student organization events as it helps us provide the proper support for student activities. All campus reservations can be requested by visiting go.uwrf.edu/orgevent

Additionally, an event planning timeline is provided that will help you plan and execute a successful event.  If you have any questions regarding an event or activity please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

Reserving a Space

Most reservations for space on campus are made through Campus Reservations, located in the Involvement Center. However, please note that reservations for space in some buildings are made through those buildings. All recognized student organizations are eligible to reserve space on campus. Decisions about reservations are solely based on neutral and objective requirements and criteria in the Use of Facilities policy, the procedures referenced below, and specific building reservation policies. Review these policies and follow the procedures below to ensure that your space reservation is successful. All reservation requests that comply with the written guidelines will be approved without consideration of the content or viewpoint of the expression so long as the space is available at the time requested. Please take a moment and review the important notes regarding reservations before reviewing your specific type of reservation. 

Important Notes

  • Late add: Events scheduled within three days (72 hours) of the event will incur a $25 late add fee if special event set-up is required. Special event set-up includes requests for additional spaces, room set ups, or equipment in the University Center. Student Organizations may be charged additional fees for any damages or excessive cleaning associated with their event.
  • Set-up fees: Organizations using facilities may incur charges for set-up, supervision, or other fees depending on the scope and nature of the event.
  • Ongoing Reservations: The maximum number of times an organization or department can reservation a meeting room for "ongoing, week-to-week use" is three times per week. University Center staff reserves the right to change ongoing reservations room assignments in the event unforeseen circumstances arise. Although this happens infrequently, University Center Staff sometimes runs into situations where there may be need to adjust an ongoing reservation due to unforeseen circumstances that were not anticipated when the reservation series was initially entered. For example, there may be an emergency situation where there is a need to perform building or equipment repair work in the space, so staff need to find a comparable location for the event. Another example would be if Event A ends up needing a larger event space, and if Event B (the ongoing reservation) is in a large event space, but is able to be properly supported in a smaller room, then the University Center staff can maximize space utilization by adjusting the room locations for these events. University Center staff will work with the groups involved to find an equal/better space and generally will not move a reservation without agreement from the group. All such changes to ongoing reservation room assignments will be made without consideration of the content or viewpoint of the expression involved in the ongoing reservation event. 
  • If you have any questions please contact Campus Reservations.

Reserving Space on Campus

When a space reservation is required for an event there are a few steps that should be followed.

  1. Fill out a reservation request form: E-mail your request to Campus Reservations, fill out a Campus Reservations Form online, or complete the paper form in person at the Campus Reservations office located in the Involvement Center.
  2. Order food: If food and beverages are being ordered from Chartwells for the event, contact the Catering Manager and view your various catering options Note: Recognized student organizations are allowed to provide pre-packaged and/or prepared and delivered food (no homemade items) and non-alcoholic beverages in connection with authorized meetings or events held in the University Center as long as the total value does not exceed $100.
  3. Receive confirmation: The Campus Reservations Office will confirm all reservations via e-mail.  Each confirmation will include audio/visual/technical needs and room set-up information. Note: Campus Reservations confirmations will include prices listed as estimates and you will be billed the actual amount approximately two weeks after the event takes place.
  4. Review confirmation: Upon receiving the electronic confirmation, it is your responsibility to determine if the facility reservation is correct and complete. Contact Campus Reservations if any errors are found in your reservation.
  5. Additional charges: Please be aware that any last minute or day of show changes can incur additional fees. 

Reserving Large Spaces for an Event

If you are holding a large scale event and would like to reserve large indoor or outdoor spaces on campus please be sure to follow the steps below.

Riverside Ballroom, Falcon's Nest, or Lydecker Center*
*Lydecker Center is not available for the 2021-2022 Academic year

  1. Fill out a reservation request form at least 90 days prior to your event date.  You can reserve for large events (i.e. - blood drive, drag show, etc...) up to 18 months in advance.
  2. The room reservation will remain tentative status until the group meets with Campus Reservations staff to discuss and finalize event details.
  3. Confirm all event details and needs with Campus Reservations at least 30 days prior to the event date (a $5 late fee will be added each day until event details are finalized).
  4. Campus Reservations will confirm all reservation requests and send out confirmations via e-mail.  Please review all confirmations to ensure all details are correct.  Please contact Campus Reservations regarding any errors or questions within your reservation.

Outdoor Spaces

  1. Submit a request at least 30 days prior to your event date by e-mailing Campus Reservations or submitting the Campus Reservations Outdoor Space Request.
  2. If the event does not include a bonfire, the request will be processed and a confirmation will be sent via e-mail. If a bonfire is involved, the group will be sent a tentative confirmation and a link to the regulations surrounding such an event.
  3. Visit the link within the e-mail, read the agreement, and sign the form electronically.
  4. Once you receive the final confirmation, review it and ensure all details are correct.  Contact Campus Reservations will regarding any errors or questions.

Graphic Help: Did you know, we have a marketing and graphic artist who can support your organization?
Click Here for the UWRF Student Organization Marketing Info Sheet.

Request graphics help by completing this form: https://www.uwrf.edu/Student-Success/Request.cfm
 

There are several different ways that your student organization can advertise, recruit, and market at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  Regardless of the type all advertising must include the following information: 
•    Name of the organization
•    Date(s) of the event
•    Contact information/location 
Prohibited: The following is not allowed on student organization advertisements.
•    Use of profanity or implications of sexual, racial, or other harassment
•    Promoting the use of alcohol or other drugs
•    Hateful and/or degrading language
Restrictions: If you plan to use the University name or any UWRF logo while advertising please contact the Office of Student Involvement
Below are some of the ways you can get the word out about your student organization.  If you have any questions please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

Want the world to know the awesome things your student organization is doing? Let us know and one of our Interns will come to your meeting or event to take your organization's photo! The photos will then be shared social media. The photos will not only let us see the amazing things student organizations do each week, but will help you market your organization as well! Fill out this short form and start getting recognized today!

Marketing and Graphics can help student organizations with the creation of posters. Additionally, when hanging posters be sure to follow the regulations below:

Residence Halls

All materials posted in the Residence Halls must be no larger than 11"x17".  Bring 11 copies of your organization's poster to the Residence Life Office in the basement of Hathorn Hall for approval.  Promotional materials will be then posted by Residence Life staff on a space-available basis. Students and/or student organizations cannot hang posters in the Residence Halls without prior approval.

Academic Buildings

Bulletin boards that are not labeled for a specific department are available for University-related postings.  Each specific college has different posting procedures.  Please visit the Dean's office in each college prior to hanging posters in the academic buildings.

University Center

The University Center has a several public posting areas near and around the Involvement Center.  Any student organization may post their materials in these areas.  Additionally, the Involvement Center calendar is open for student organizations to post events.  Postings on the calendar must meet the guidelines below:

  • Be less than 4"x6" in size.
  • Must be a one time event (no weekly meetings).
  • The event must be open to all students.

If there are any questions regarding posting in the University Center please visit the Office of Student Involvement or the Information Desk for assistance.

Vendor tables are a great way to market an event or recruit membership to your student organization, they can be used to:

  • Sell tickets to upcoming events
  • Sell organization apparel
  • Promote upcoming events
  • Market and recruit for your student organization 

Vendor tables must be reserved through Campus Reservations.  When tabling follow the solicitation policy of the University Center listed below:

Group are not allow to approach students or others using University Center facilities.  This applies to material for sale, materials being given away (handed out), and verbal conversations aimed at persuading students to a particular point-of-view.

If you have questions regarding this policy please contact the Office of Student Involvement or the University Center Building Manager.

Residence Life tabling policy:

Designated members of approved campus organizations may utilize hall main lobbies to present their viewpoints by discussion or materials following approval by the Department of Residence Life.  A member of the organization must be present at the table while the materials are being distributed.  Recognized student organizations may reserved lounges in specific residence halls for informational meetings, candidate meetings, or presentations.  Questions can be directed to the Department of Residence Life.

Please note that solicitation in the residence halls is not permitted. 

Chalking is a great way to promote your event to students navigating campus.  All chalking must be appropriate in content and include the name of the organization, date(s) of event, and contact information and/or location.  Chalk can be checked out from the University Center Information Desk.

Please note chalking is only permitted in designated areas on campus.  The designated area is on the main campus mall extending from Third Street to Sixth Street.  Any chalking done outside of approved areas will be removed and the organization(s)/individual(s) responsible may face disciplinary sanctions.  The graphic and notes below further explain where acceptable chalking can occur.

Chalking

  • Chalking is NOT allowed on the sides of the patio entrances to the University Center
  • Chalking is NOT allowed on the patios of the University Center.
  • Chalking is NOT allowed on the side wall face of the University Center.

The timeline below should be used as a guide to help your student organization plan and execute large scale events.  Please note that the timeline might have to be varied depending on the scale and scope of the event.  If you have any questions regarding event planning please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

90 Days before the event:

60 Days before the event:

  • Develop a marketing plan for your event.
  • Using vendor tables to market your event? Schedule promo/vendor tables with Campus Reservations.
  • Meet with Marketing and Graphics in the Involvement Center to design promotional materials.

30 Days before the event:

  • If you plan to seek funds for your event from Student Senate, submit a funding request a minimum of 30 days before the event.
  • Finalize all event details with Campus Reservations.
  • Serving food at your event? Order food from Chartwells Catering.
  • Print promotional products through Fast Copy.
  • Submit public performance rights to Campus Reservations if you are showing a movie.

15 Days before the event:

  • Determine volunteer needs and create a sign up.
  • Confirm any food orders through Chartwells Catering.
  • Distribute advertising to public posting locations on campus.
  • Send detailed script and instruction to Production Services if more than one act is performing.

Week of Event:

  • Confirm facility set-up with Campus Reservations.
  • Confirm any production needs with Production Services.
  • Create Day-of-Event Itinerary.
  • On the day of the event check-in and check-out with the University Center Building manager or appropriate contact.

RSO Attendance Tracking

Event and meeting attendace tracking is optional.  If you would like to track attendance using the MyOrgs attendance tracking app, find the "how to" here: Virtual Attendance Guide (uwrf.edu)

TRAVEL

If your organization plans to travel to a location off-campus (outside of Pierce or St. Croix counties) there are a few things you should know:
 

  • Student organizations are generally not considered on “university business” when traveling and are most often only covered by a students’ personal insurance 

 

  • Register your off-campus event or meeting here: go.uwrf.edu/orgevent

 

  • Transportation funding or reimbursement: If being reimbursed for transportation costs, it must come from another funding source and cannot come from an “Annual Budget” or “Single Event Funding” via the Finance committee (FC). FC no longer covers “transportation” funding of any kind.
  • Personal Vehicles: You may choose to use a member’s personal vehicle to travel to your destination. Please note that when using your personal vehicle you are only covered by your personal insurance.
  • When using a personal vehicle please

visit https://www.uwrf.edu/RiskManagement/PersonalVehicleUse.cfm

 

  • Rental Vehicles or UW-River Falls Fleet Vehicles: Students must be agents of the university to be eligible to drive a UW-River Falls Fleet vehicle or rent under the business use contract. To be an agent of the university, you must have three things:
    • Travel purpose must be related to an academic course, degree, or professional certification
    • Co-sponsored event with the University
    • Under the direction and control of University


To rent a vehicle or schedule a fleet vehicle you must:

  • Have an approved Vehicle Use Agreement on file
  • Have written Authorization from faculty or management stating the University business for the use
  • You must remain in the scope of "university business" while driving the vehicle

See the UW system policy for specific examples of when you may or may not be an agent of the University. Not being an agent will require students to take the insurance for coverage in a rental vehicle or be responsible for any collision, comprehensive and/or liability damages . UW-River Falls fleet use is prohibited for non-business use.

All Students driving a fleet vehicle or rental vehicle must review Policy SYS 616:

University of Wisconsin Student Drivers Under the State’s Liability Protection | UW Policies

 

 

  • Airfare: If your organization is interested in airfare, please note that you must purchase it through the University. For any questions, please email studentinvolvement@uwrf.edu

If your organization is bringing a performer, speaker, or service provider to campus and is planning to pay them, a contract will need to be created.  Contracts ensure that an agreement is made between the guest and the University regarding payment, liability, and service details.  A member of the student organization will need to create a Purchase Request, by going to your MyOrgs portal, click “Finance” from the left dropdown menu, click “Create Request,” and then click “Create Purchase Request.”  This form will also provide a link to complete a “Pre-Contract Worksheet.” Please do this at least 30 days prior to the event.  This form will have all the information the Student Involvement Budget Coordinator needs to create a contract.

If your student organization is bringing a performer, speaker, or service provider and is not paying them the volunteer must fill out the Volunteer Agreement Form.

This form will have all the information the Student Involvement Budget Coordinator will need to begin the contract process and request the payment. Most faculty and staff on campus are not authorized as Delegated Authorities to sign contracts (including agreements, memorandums of understanding, purchase orders, memorandums of agreement, etc.) Therefore, the Director of the University Center must sign contracts for student organizations.

Providing food at your Student Organization meeting:

If you are meeting in the University Center, here are the University Center guidelines per the University Center Policy and Procedure manual:

  • Recognized student organizations will be allowed to provide pre-packaged and/or prepared and delivered food (no homemade items) and non-alcoholic beverages in connection with authorized meetings and events held in the University Center as long as the total value does not exceed $100.
  • If the total value exceeds $100, the Recognized Student Organization is required to cater the event through the food service contractor via catering@uwrf.edu
  • If you are not meeting in the University Center, you will need to follow the food policy/procedures for whatever building/space you’re meeting in.

 

Selling food as part of a fundraiser for your Student Organization:

Food stands are frequently used by UWRF student organizations.  While this is an effective fundraising activity it is very important that your organization know and follow proper processes and procedures related to food stands.  Please thoroughly review the process below to ensure a successful food stand!

  • Step 1: In order to host a temporary food stand, one organization representative must take and pass the Food Stand Quiz with a score of at least 90% one time per year.  This representative is expected to then provide guidance to other members who prepare and/or staff the food stand.  
  • Step 2: Complete the Food Stand Application. This application must be filled out by the person who took and passed the Food Safety Quiz and must be submitted at least 14 days before the food stand.  Organizations are limited to three food stands per year.  If you are wishing to have more than three food stands per year, your organization must work with Pierce County Public Health to obtain a Temporary Food Stand Permit.
  • Step 3: Once the Food Stand Application is submitted the Office of Student Involvement will review the application.  Please note a lack of detailed answers may result in denial of the application.  The Office of Student Involvement will then notify the student organization if their application has been approved or denied.  If the application is approved, a copy of the Food Stand Application will be e-mailed to the president of the hosting student organization.  If the food being served is required to maintain a specific temperature, a Food Temperature Recording Chart will also be e-mailed to you.
  • Step 4: Pick up a food safety kit from the Information Desk located in the University Center on the day of the food stand.  Additionally, the Food Stand Application must be on display at all times during the food stand.
  • Step 5: The Food Temperature Recording Chart must be completed and turned back in to the University Center Campus Information Desk within 14 academic days after the completion of the food stand.  Failure to do so will result in the loss of food stand privileges for your organization for one year.

Contact Us

Student Involvement
studentinvolvement@uwrf.edu
715-425-4444
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