General University Reference Utility
To set forth the responsibilities of the University in relation to, and the limitations of, commercial sales activities at all University locations. This Policy does not apply to the Nittany Lion Inn, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, Beaver Stadium, Recreation Hall, or the Bryce Jordan Center.
The word "commercial sales," as used in this document, means any sales activity or event (excluding the sale of food or beverages) involving the transfer of goods or services for consideration. "Sampling" is the free distribution of a commercial product or souvenir for the purpose of promoting a product or service. For the sale of food and beverages, please see Policy AD26.
The use of University facilities and/or property for commercial sales activities by individuals or non-University organizations is prohibited. University organizations, within the limitations established by this policy and other University regulations, and with appropriate approval, may sell materials to support the purposes of their organization.
NOTE: For non-University groups or individuals, nothing in this Policy shall be deemed to preclude the solicitation or sale by mail, telephone or other commercial media.
No individual affiliated with the University (faculty, staff, technical-service, student or other) may use University facilities in the conduct of a commercial enterprise for his/her own benefit. The conducting of any business enterprise for personal profit is prohibited in or around University property. (See also Policy and Rules for Students; and residence halls Terms, Conditions and Regulations.)
University organizations, subject to the restrictions below, and other applicable regulations established by the University, may sell materials to support the purposes of their organization and may collect dues, initiation fees, donations, and admission charges. These activities must be conducted by members of the organization itself. All monies from approved sales activities are to be used for the ongoing support of the organization's activities. The following restrictions apply:
Within the context of a University-sponsored lecture, concert, demonstration, display, or exhibit, commercial products may be made available for demonstration, display or purchase. The availability of commercial products for purchase must be secondary to the primary educational purpose of the program, except as prohibited in University Residence Halls. (See Policy and Rules for Students.)
Sampling may be permitted in University hotels and conference centers, student unions, dining halls and sports venues. No alcohol or tobacco products will be permitted. Approval will be granted or denied based on the following criteria:
Approval for conducting commercial sales activities at all University locations must be obtained in advance. The procedure for requesting approval is as follows:
For University organizations (other than registered student organizations), requests for approval are submitted through the Office of Office of Strategic Communications at University Park. At other locations, the request is submitted to the chief executive officer at the respective campus/college location.
For registered student organizations, requests for approval are submitted to the Office of Student Activities at University Park. At other locations, the request is submitted to the appropriate campus/college Office of Student Affairs. Or, if the event is scheduled to be held within a residence hall facility, the request for approval must be submitted to the Director of Residence Life.
Approval to conduct sampling activities at all specified University facilities must be made in advance.
Requests for approval are submitted to the University Administrator responsible for the operations of the specific facility. The Administrator may set restrictions on the sampling activity such as time, place and manner of presentation. The vendor or company providing the sampled products will be responsible for all clean-up costs associated with the sampling activity in the facility and/or the surrounding area as determined by the facility administrator. Depending on the scope of the sampling activity, an advance deposit may be required.
After the request has been reviewed by the appropriate personnel, actions relative to approval will be issued in writing from the appropriate office. Copies of the approval and any related conditions must be retained by the approving office for at least four years. A University Indemnification Agreement is also required.
Except as permitted herein, no commercial poster, handbill, or any other form of commercial announcement or statement can be distributed on campus, be placed on, attached to, or written on any structure or natural feature of the campus such as the sides of doors or buildings, windows, the surface of walkways, or roads, fountains, posts, waste receptacles, trees or stakes, or posted on motor vehicles.
For the policy covering commercial advertising, please refer to Policy AD08.
For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of Strategic Communications.
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