Student Organization User Guidelines

Before requesting space for your event, please be sure to review our Student Organization User Guidelines, which outline the booking process and policies pertaining to use of Events & Venues space.

Please view the guidelines for the City View Room & State RoomJack Morton Auditorium and Marvin Center & Outdoor Space for additional information in regards to your requested event space.

 

Download the Student Organization User Guidelines

  • All event requests need to be submitted through the online reservation system. Phone requests cannot be accepted.
  • Requests should include as much detail about the event and facility needs as possible.
  • Incomplete online requests cannot be accepted.
  • Online request forms with acronyms and abbreviations cannot be accepted.
  • Submitting an online request for a space does not guarantee event or space approval.
  • Prior to requesting space, student organizations need to be registered with the Office for the Student Experience 
  • Active members on the student organization roster can serve as schedulers, requesting space for their student organization, using their personalized and unique George Washington University (GW) NetID. District House, Mitchell Theater, South Hall Community Room and Shenkman Community Room can be requested by students-at-large.
  • Events & Venues utilizes the scheduler as the primary point of contact in conversations related to approving and confirming the space request. Schedulers should be equipped to provide basic information about the event purpose and facility needs.

  • A member of the student organization needs to be present at all times during the event.
  • All reservation timeframes should take into account the time required for rehearsal, client set-up/break down, catering arrival and cleanup, etc.
  • Student organizations may not transfer space to other organizations or departments.
  • Events & Venues reserves the right to place events in specific rooms based on the planned activity and how the space will be used.
  • If the information provided in the original event request changes, Events & Venues has the right to reevaluate the event to add rental fees.
  • Should reserved space not be returned in the manner in which it was received (i.e. the room should be in its original state, without damage and/or additional materials such as decorations, extreme amounts of papers, etc.), a housekeeping surcharge may apply.
  • For all events where attendance will be controlled through ticketing or registration, the group needs to work with University Ticketing. University Ticketing can be reached at 202-994-6800 or [email protected]. This policy does not apply for events in District House, Mitchell Theater, South Hall Community Room or Shenkman Community Room.

  • The GW organization shall only use the licensed space for the event, during the date and time period specified. GW organization agrees that licensed space is sufficient for its purposes. GW organization acknowledges and agrees that representatives of the GW venue shall have unrestricted access to the licensed space at all times.
  • GW organization shall return the venue and all furnishings and equipment at the end of the event in the same condition as they were received. Failure to do so may result in a housekeeping fee. Organizations must clean up and remove any and all garbage from the spaces and deposit it in the provided receptacles. For events in Marvin Center, outdoor space, City View Room, State Room or Jack Morton Auditorium, GW organization shall not make any alterations to the furnishings, equipment or licensed space. For events in District House, Mitchell Theater, South Hall Community Room or Shenkman Community Room, student organizations are responsible for setting up the room to fit their needs and restoring the space back to its original state after the event. Organization assumes all risks of loss or damage to the furnishings, equipment, or licensed space from any cause during the event. Any additional costs associated with equipment and furnishings, such as excessive cleaning costs, will be added to the Confirmation Report.
  • The GW organization shall not be entitled to store items of personal property within the licensed space unless an exception is applied for in writing and granted by the GW venue in writing. If GW organization is permitted to store items, GW venue shall not be liable for loss of or damage to such stored items. The GW venue shall have no liability for any loss or damage to any personal property of the GW organization or any attendee at the event.
  • The GW organization shall not assign, sublease or transfer any interest in the agreement or allow others to use the licensed space and/or equipment provided by the GW venue without GW venue’s express written approval.
  • The client’s deposit, if any, shall be credited against the liquidated damage amount. All monies in excess of the schedule above that may have been paid through a deposit will be refunded.
  • In compliance with the “Smoke-Free GW” policy, smoking is not permitted within any university owned and managed buildings as well as on university owned outdoor spaces. This includes any public space that abuts buildings in the Foggy Bottom campus that are used for academic, athletic, recreational, residential, and administrative purposes.
  • Only painters tape may be used to hang anything to any walls. The use of glitter, confetti, sand, or the like is strictly prohibitive and will result in Housekeeping charges. Open flames are not permitted unless contained within a Sterno-style buffet burner or a glass container. 
  • The client shall not use any non-university service providers for the event without first receiving the university’s written approval.
  • The university may photograph the event for use by the university in university sponsored media and communications.
  • If GW organization utilizing the Marvin Center, MPA Building (Lower Level Lobby, Art Gallery Lobby), 1957 E St. NW (City View Room, State Room, Lobby) or outdoor space (University Yard, Kogan Plaza, Mid Campus Quad, Square 80, Anniversary Park or G Street Park), the GW organization may use a catering service of their choice, subject to the GW venue’s prior written approval. The GW organization must provide a copy of the executed food/beverage/catering contract to the GW venue prior to the event date, along with a copy of the outside contractor’s business license and certificate of liability insurance. Regardless of the selected venue, additional fees may be assessed for catered events depending on the quantity and type of food ordered. The time needed for catering set-up and breakdown must fall within the event time. For events in District House, Mitchell Theater, South Hall Community Room and Shenkman Community Room: Groups are allowed to bring food and beverages of their own choice into these spaces. All efforts will be made to avoid food/beverage service in Mitchell Theater and the B132 multipurpose room in District House.  All organizations must clean up after themselves when utilizing the spaces; this includes disposing of all trash in designated receptacles. If a group leaves the space with garbage, they may be charged for housekeeping fees.
  • For Marvin Center, outdoor space, City View Room, State Room and Jack Morton Auditorium: Events with alcohol are permitted.  Events with alcohol must follow all policies outlined on the Health Promotion and Prevention Services website.  UPD is also required to be present.
  • For District House, Mitchell Theater, South Hall Community Room and Shenkman Community Room: No events with alcohol are permitted within these spaces during the academic year. Summer events with alcohol may only take place on the B2 level of District House when the booking entity has all three rooms and the common space reserved. Events with alcohol must also follow all policies outlined on the Health Promotion and  Prevention Services website.

  • A student organization event located in the Marvin Center, outdoor space, District House, Mitchell Theater, South Hall Community Room or Shenkman Community Room is a meeting, event, or series of meetings or events planned, executed, and managed solely by the registered student organization and which benefit the reputation of the organization and/or GW.
  • A student organization event located in the City View Room, State Room, or Jack Morton Auditorium is a meeting, event, or series of meetings or events planned, executed and managed solely by the registered GW student organization and with more than 75 percent of attendees being current GW students, staff and faculty.
  • Student organizations will incur other applicable fees for facility-related support depending on the nature of the event.
  • Any and all applicable fees will be paid directly out of student organization’s GW account.
  • If a non-GW organization/company/entity initiates the request or is involved in the planning/execution of the event, this is considered a Sponsored event.  See Sponsored Events more more details.

  • A sponsored event located in the Marvin Center or outdoor spaces is a meeting, event, or series of meetings or events brought to campus by a GW student (on behalf of or in conjunction with) a non-GW organization, contracted directly with GW, and coordinated by a recognized student organization. When recognized student organizations host external (nonGW) organizations (regardless of profit, non-profit, or faculty/staff association with academic societies) for an event, space rental fees will apply.
  • A sponsored event located in the City View Room, State Room, or Jack Morton Auditorium is a meeting, event, or series of meetings or events planned by a GW student organization that are open to the public or have 25 percent or more non-GW affiliated attendees. A sponsored event is also defined as a meeting, event, or series of meetings or events brought to campus by a GW organization (on behalf of or in conjunction with) a non-GW organization, contracted directly with GW, and coordinated by a recognized student organization. When recognized student organizations host external (non-GW) organizations (regardless of profit, non-profit, or faculty/staff association with academic societies) for an event, space rental fees will apply.
  • If you are hosting an external organization, it should be related to the mission of your student organization. You are choosing to host the event in accordance with the role(s) you have within an existing GW organization. Responsibility for the event lies with your organization.
  • Student organizations will incur other applicable fees for facility-related support depending on the nature of the event.
  • Sponsored events will be contacted by an event planner four weeks prior to the event date.
  • Sponsored events working with a non-university client shall deliver a certificate of insurance as proof that client has in force insurance, which shall not be less than one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) combined single limit liability

Major Space , Outdoor Space, Sponsored Events:

  • Contact the Client Services team member assigned to your event to request or change event set-up and/or audiovisual elements.
  • Requests or changes to space, date or time to any reservation should be made by an active member on the student organization roster online through an Event Modification Form at least three business days prior to the event; otherwise, there is no guarantee the request can be accommodated. Phone requests cannot be accepted.
  • Modification requests are subject to approval.

Marvin Center Meeting Space, District House, Mitchell Theater, South Hall Community Room and Shenkman Community Room:

  • Requests or changes to any reservation should be made by an active member on the student organization roster online through an Event Modification Form at least three business days prior to the event; otherwise, there is no guarantee the request can be accommodated. Phone requests cannot be accepted.
  • Modification requests are subject to approval.

 

  • Cancellation of a Marvin Center major space or outdoor space reservation should be made through the Event Cancellation Form at least five business days prior to the event. Phone requests will not be accepted.
  • Cancellation of a Marvin Center meeting room, Marvin Center table space, District House, Mitchell Theater, South Hall Community Room or Shenkman Community Room reservation must be made through the Event Cancellation Form at least three business days prior to the event. Phone requests will not be accepted.
  • The cancellation policies for events in the City View Room, State Room and Jack Morton Auditorium are outlined in the Terms & Conditions specific to these venues.
  • The cancellation policy for sponsored events is outlined in the sponsored contract.
  • Weather call for events in outdoor space is to be made by 10:00 a.m. the business day before the event. For events on a Monday, call time is by 10:00 a.m. the previous Friday. Any calls made after this time, with grounds labor requested, will be charged the full amount for the service. All events need to make a weather call/reconfirm. If GW Organization cancels a reservation due to weather concerns and the University is still open, cancellation fees will be charged.  Last minute cancellations prevent other organizations from reserving space.

 

Please review the GW Student Organization User Guidelines for the City View Room & State Room, Jack Morton Auditorium and Marvin Center & outdoor space for additional information in regards to your requested event space.

If you would like to cancel your event, please fill out an Event Cancellation Form.

Learn more about available Events & Venues space by visiting the Venues page and submit your request through our online reservation system.

Effective as of April 12, 2018.