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Outdoor Events

Spring 2015 Outdoor Event Requests

Click here to go to the online form to request outdoor event space for events for the Spring 2015 semester.

General guidelines/rules for outdoor events.

  • Permits are available during the timeframes listed below. Student organization/department outdoor events are generally Monday-Friday from 10am - 5pm when Fall and Spring semester classes are in session (amplified sound timeframes are shorter and described below).
  • Outdoor events are not permitted during dead week (the last week of classes each semester), finals week, summer, winter, and spring breaks. If the University is closed for any reason, outdoor events are also cancelled/not permitted.
  • Fines may be incurred for damaged SF State property used during outdoor events. The student officer/department representative filling out the permit is responsible for informing the organization/department of the relevant University policies and procedures, including Time, Place, and Manner ( All tables and chairs must be placed on the cement sidewalks, not on the grass areas. Use of the grass areas requires matting that includes a University grounds fee.

Reservation Procedures for All Outdoor Venues

Due to the high demand for Malcolm X Stage and the Quad during the academic year, the following guidelines have been established to create a fair, equitable and clear process for reserving these venues:

  • The Student Involvement & Career Center will start accepting requests on the dates and times below for outdoor events occurring on Malcolm X Stage, Centennial Walkway and/or the Lawn Area during the 2015-2016 academic year.
    • Historical events for the fall 2015 semester: Tuesday, May 27, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2015. Historical is defined as events that have been in existence for at least 5 years.
    • All events for the fall 2015 semester: Friday, August 1, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. on a rolling first-come-first-served basis.
    • Historical events for the spring 2016 semester: Friday, November 7, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 24, 2015. Historical is defined as events that have been in existence for at least 5 years.
    • All events for the spring 2016 semester: Monday, December 8, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. on a rolling first-come-first-served basis.
  • Only currently registered student organization officers (named on the registration form and attended a Student Leader Orientation) can submit requests for student organizations and department faculty and staff with SF State identification can submit requests for departments.
  • All requests are initially made with the Student Involvement and Career Center using the appropriate Request Form(s).
  • All requests must be completed at least 10 business days prior to proposed event. The Student Involvement and Career Center continues to work with student groups with event planning pertaining to current world events as they develop.
  • All scheduling requests are on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • If the outdoor venue is available for the date requested, the person who submitted the request will be notified by email to confirm that the space has been tentatively held pending event approval.
  • The Student Involvement and Career Center staff may request further information and/or a meeting to learn more about the event and resources needed to provide a safe and successful program.
  • Amplified sound can be used for registered campus events in Malcolm X Stage during the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday - Friday. The Student Center Sound System (SCSS) must be used for outdoor events. If particular amplifiers or speakers cannot be directly connected into the SCSS, or have an independent volume control device, it will be the responsibility of the student organization sponsoring the event and the performers playing the music, in collaboration with the Student Center sound technicians and SICC staff, to not exceed the 75 decibel level measurement.
  • Bands with amplified sound are restricted to 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (the lunchtime hour) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is due to the fact that few courses were offered in surrounding buildings during this time period in Spring 2010. We strongly suggest that all organizations sponsoring a band work closely with Associated Students Inc. Performing Arts in an effort to provide more consistency with band and sound management.
  • Groups reserving an outdoor venue and canceling events without appropriate notice to the Student Involvement and Career Center (at a minimum 7 business days) will impact future reservation requests.
  • Questions regarding your reservation can be directed to Rafael Martinez (
  • We look forward to working with you on your event.
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