Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement
Nova Southeastern University
Don Taft University Center
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
800-541-6682, ext. 27288
The Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement staff is here to assist you with navigating through Campus Life and Student Engagements event policies and procedures. These policies and procedures have been designed in order to help students, faculty and staff with events and activities in and around the University Center. Some policies are directly geared towards student organizations and others towards the University community.
All policies herein are subject to national, state, local laws and NSU policies as outlined in the Student Handbook.
**Please note our policies are subject to change and the most updated copy can be found in the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement.
Event approval policies only apply to student organizations registered with the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement. All departments, offices and organizations not registered with Campus Life and Student Engagement should refer to their respective event approval policies for any type of event.
All events must be approved through the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement at least 10 business days prior to the event. Student Organizations may request an array of services and spaces through their organizations Orgync page by clicking forms on their menu tab. (www.orgsync.com). A student organization must complete the forms so that we can accurately assist with logistics and work orders.
For all questions regarding forms and requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered student organizations wishing to host events off campus must be given expressed approval by the Director of Campus Life and Student Engagement or a designee. If approved, all campus polices will be in effect for the off campus location.
In many instances when using campus vans or participating in some events, participants may be required to sign a waiver of liability. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement.
Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement registered student organizations that are sponsoring student travel to conferences, presentations, etc. must register any and all student travel with the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement. All students traveling on behalf of a student organization, using University funds must complete and submit a travel waiver form prior to travel to the Campus Life and Student Engagement Fee Office (ASA 106).
If the student organization is sponsoring the student travel through the use of student organization funding, the student organization must adhere to the travel policies and procedures set forth in Section 1.7 of the Campus Life and Student Engagement Fee Manual. Please see the website for access to the manual:
Advisors must approve all event approval forms and room reservations form, via email (sent to them via email after an organization fills out the online form).
When inviting any companies onto campus, student organizations must request $1 million liability insurance from the company that specifically indemnifies Nova Southeastern University as an insured. For food vendors, they must also provide a copy of their current food license. All documents must be turned into the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement at least 5 business days prior to the event taking place.
No student, group of students or student organization is permitted to invite or bring an outside vendor, organization or group on campus property or properties without the prior approval of the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement. Any outside vendor, organization or group that is visiting campus property or properties without the prior approval of the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement shall be escorted off the campus property by Public Safety.
Nova Southeastern University is committed to providing a forum for free and open expression of divergent points of view by campus speakers. Use of university facilities by outside speakers is not to be construed as an endorsement by the University of any speaker’s views. Any student organization, after consultation with the advisor, may invite speakers of its choice to address gatherings on campus. In keeping with University rules and regulations, all students and student organizations must observe the policy governing outside speakers.
Outside Speakers must be approved by the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement, prior to coming to campus. Students may appeal the decision of Campus Life and Student Engagement Office but submitting in writing 24 hours following the decision to the Associate Dean of Students Affairs.
The University Center Vendor Sales & Solicitation Policy provides a method of accommodating the valid sales and solicitation needs of student organizations, NSU departments and non-NSU organizations, while protecting the rights of the students and the NSU community. The University Center policies are intended to augment Nova Southeastern University policies. Any groups wishing to conduct: sales, donations, or fundraising; petitions, membership or participation solicitation; or distribution of literature towards these ends or as a way of disseminating opinions, shall adhere to the following regulations list below.
Students, staff, faculty and visitors to the University Center shall have the right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises; in the case of solicitation, this means that patrons shall be free from being approached by individuals or organizations for the purposes of sales, donations, fundraising, membership or participation invitations, and distribution of literature.
Soliciting organizations are expected to clearly identify their organization or sponsoring department or company so that a patron can easily note on sight all sponsorships or affiliations of the solicitors.
NSU Community Vendor
Outside vendors are required to submit the following:
Defined as large businesses (i.e. Sprint, American Express, etc), and which may not necessarily have a peddler’s license. Same as Sole Proprietorships but include:
The Director of Campus Life and Student Engagement or designee has the right to determine whether or not a particular solicitation meets the criteria set forth above. In addition, the Director of Campus Life and Student Engagement or designee may, for the good of the University Center and Nova Southeastern University, set forth additional policies upon a solicitor for situations not covered by the preceding policies. These additional policies may include, but are not limited to, consulting with Purchasing and Business Services of Nova Southeastern University to assure outside vendors have no conflict with any existing purchasing or service agreement.
The office of Campus Life and Student Engagement is required to make sure all events are secure and safe. Security Policies are specifically designed for student organization; however, offices may use these as guidelines for their respective events. Any events that meet any of the following criteria must have security on campus and may need Emergency Medical Services (EMS):
Note: Only two outside guests per NSU student organization member will be allowed to attend any student organization event.
Student organizations may be required to have security at their event, per the above policy. Student organization leaders will need to meet with a member of the Campus Life and Student Engagement staff two weeks prior to their event to discuss final logistics.
Individuals or groups wishing to show a video recording via VHS, DVD or any other means may do so only if:
*The Federal Copyright Act makes it unlawful to show a film or video recording in public without the explicit permission of the film's copyright owner. Renting or purchasing a video recording solely provides the customer the right to view the film, but not to show it in public or to a larger audience. The Copyright Act defines “public” in this context as “any place where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered”. Several major production and distribution companies have arranged for university campuses to show their films/video recordings publicly.
When a student organization and/or organization is planning to raise any funds for their organization or for another non-profit (i.e. bake sales, selling t-shirts, book sales, charging admission to events, etc.), the organization must register the fundraiser with the Office Campus Life and Student Engagement Fee at least 10 business days prior to the commencement of the fundraiser and must be approved prior to the start of the fundraiser.
An organization can register their fundraiser by completing the Fundraiser Registration Form. The Fundraiser Registration Form is available in the Office of Student Accounts or online at http://www.nova.edu/studentfeeacct/forms/index.html.
Nova Southeastern University, as an institution of higher education, is dedicated to the well being of all members of the university community—students, faculty members, employees, and administrators. Concerned with the misuse of alcohol and other drugs (both licit and illicit), it is the policy of NSU to endeavor to prevent substance abuse through programs of education and prevention.
NSU recognizes alcoholism and drug abuse as illnesses or treatable disorders, and it is NSU’s policy to work with members of the NSU community to provide channels of education and assistance. However, it is the individual’s responsibility to seek help. NSU also recognizes that the possession and/or use of certain substances are illegal. NSU is further obligated to comply with all local, state, and federal laws.
The policy governing the use of alcohol by students at Nova Southeastern University is in compliance with the laws of the state of Florida prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons who are minors (under the age of 21). The policy is based on the use of alcohol in moderation and under appropriate circumstances. The university recognizes that students are adults and are expected to obey the law and take personal responsibility for their own conduct. The laws of the state of Florida prohibit the possession or consumption of alcohol by individuals less than 21 years of age.
Guidelines for the Use of Alcohol at University Student Events