Rules and Regulations

Facility Use Guidelines


The College’s catering policy is longstanding and was adopted to uphold College standards for high quality, good value and safety in all campus food service. All groups are asked to use College of Charleston Catering Services for catered events or catering services at a College facility. No outside caterer shall provide food service on behalf of the lessee absent the College of Charleston Food Service Director's express written approval.


Keg beer is strictly prohibited in the Stern Student Center. Student organizations must comply with the on-campus events with alcohol policy detailed in The Compass, available on the Forms and Policies web page.

Event Security

Event security is coordinated and arranged through the Department of Public Safety. The number of Public Safety officers required and the pricing per hour is at the discretion of the Department of Public Safety. All events that include alcohol require the presence of Public Safety officers. Other types of events may also require the presence of Public Safety officers. The Office of Student Life will refer group representatives to the Department of Public Safety upon receipt of the reservation request form.

Responsibilities of Sponsoring Organization/Responsible Individual

It is the responsibility of each organization reserving a facility to be aware of all rules and regulations pertaining to the use of a particular facility. The group representative/responsible individual who submits all forms accepts responsibility for ensuring that all rules and regulations are followed.

Student Behavior

Behavior by students and student organizations using Student Life facilities is subject to the College of Charleston’s Honor System.


Organizations will be charged for all damages to the facility that occur during their use, including cleaning for wear and tear that exceeds normal use. All props and decorations must be free-standing and removed at the completion of the event. All trash must be disposed of in the trash cans provided at the completion of the event.

Amplified Sound

Organizations may use amplified sound in the Stern Center Garden with limited restrictions. For all other outdoor areas, unless specifically banned (Rivers Green), organizations must comply with the Amplified Sound Policy, available on the Forms and Policies web page. Organizations are encouraged to use discretion with amplified sound, as events will be shut down if City or College police receive complaints from neighbors.


Parking is not provided for any event, whether it is for loading/unloading or for guest parking. Contact the Office of Parking Services for questions regarding loading/unloading and campus parking lots/garages. Guests are encouraged to utilize metered street parking spaces and College or City parking garages. Please visit the Parking Services website for garage locations and more information.

Bully Pulpit Clause

Be advised that, on an on-going basis, there will be an on-campus event entitled “The Bully Pulpit: Reflections on Presidential Communication”. The Bully Pulpit event will be open to faculty, staff, and students and feature detailed question and answer sessions with Presidential candidates. Due to the limited availability of campus facilities and lack of advance notice, this series of discussions will require some events to be relocated to an alternate facility within a 48 hour notice, possibly impacting your event.