Policy Steward: Assistant Vice President, Police & Public Safety



This policy promotes safety at events held in University facilities through the control of items being brought into such facilities by preventing backpacks and large bags from entering venues.


The University reviews its public safety and security policies on an ongoing basis, looking for ways to improve them. The Department of University Police and Public Safety leads this review and obtains a wide range of information from other stakeholders to assist in doing so. These proactive measures are intended to enhance safety inside and outside University owned or operated venues, and to improve the overall experience at University events for both participants and attendees. Controlling the ingress of items entering University venues is a key component in achieving University safety goals.


This policy applies to all University locations and facilities owned or operated by the University.


Depending on the capacity of the venue, the following guidelines must be observed with regard to items brought into University facilities:

Where the venue holds more the 20,000 individuals (such as Beaver Stadium), the following items are/are not permitted, as specified below:

Where the venue holds more than 3,000 individuals and less than 20,000 individuals (such as the Bryce Jordan Center, Jeffrey Field, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, Recreation Hall and Pegula Ice Arena), no backpacks are permitted. Other items, including purses and smaller bags, regardless of size, will be inspected and allowed in the venue upon inspection. During certain events, additional restrictions may be implemented at the discretion of facility management.

Where the venue holds 3,000 individuals or less, all items being brought into the venue are subject to inspection. During certain events, additional restrictions may be implemented at the discretion of facility management.

Outdoor venues/events (such as Movin' On, 5K road races) which could exceed 3,000 individuals will be considered on a case by case basis. Additional restrictions may be implemented at the discretion of the management in charge of the event.


Penn State University Police and Public Safety

Facility Manager


For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of the Assistant Vice President, Police & Public Safety.


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Effective Date: September 22, 2015
Date Approved: September 22, 2015
Date Published: September 22, 2015

Most Recent Changes:

Revision History (and effective dates):

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