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The SMC Campus Center is a managed facility. Specific policies have been developed to assist the management team with the daily operations of the facility. These policies are not all-inclusive and do not limit the management team from making decisions or establishing additional policies based upon unique needs and/or circumstances. All policies were created with the intent to provide for the long-term care and maintenance of the facility as well as to provide fair access to event spaces and other resources. No policy in this manual will have more authority than University policy.
Failure to comply with any policy or guideline outlined in this manual and/or any verbal or written requests from the SMC Campus Center management team may result in action by the staff to deny privileges, refer to proper authorities, and/or assess appropriate charges. Requests for exceptions to any SMC Campus Center policy should be referred to the executive director of Campus Life Services.
Alcohol is permitted at events catered by CulinArt and at student functions where the appropriate approval has been obtained. The student alcohol permit packet can be obtained at: http://www.umaryland.edu/smccampuscenter/eventservices/make_a_reservation.html. Student organizations that have received permission to serve alcohol must arrange to obtain the alcohol through CulinArt and pay to have a CulinArt bartender staff the event and serve the alcohol. A Campus Police Officer must be present for the duration of a student organization event.
Individuals who are intoxicated will be asked to leave the facility and risk arrest. Students who are disruptive may be referred to their school/program for disciplinary action. All UM community members should be aware of the UMB Substance Abuse Policy. http://cf.umaryland.edu/hrpolicies/section7/t70110Asa.html
The presence of unapproved alcohol at an event will result in the immediate closing down of the event and possible further action against the event’s sponsors. There will be no exceptions or warnings given.
Only service animals that are properly identified as such by a collar, bandana, or harness are permitted in the building. No other animals or personal pets are permitted in the building at any time.
Approval will be granted for use of amplification equipment at events if there is a high probability that the planned event will not disrupt or disturb other SMC Campus Center activities. In-house sound systems are to be used in an appropriate manner to ensure other activities in the building are not disturbed. Additional amplification may not be used without approval. Approval will be conditioned on the potential for disruption of other activities. If noise complaints are received, the event sponsors will be asked to lower the sound level. Failure to do so may result in the event being terminated.
Bicycle racks are provided on the west side of the building adjacent to the School of Nursing lawn and in front of the building by the picnic tables. A bicycle maintenance station is also available by the bicycle rack adjacent to the lawn. Bicycles and/or scooters may not be chained to any other outside railings, furniture, or displays. Bikes may not be left in any public or private area. Their usage and/or storage is not permitted inside the building.
The SMC Campus Center requires appropriate attire to be worn within the building. Personal appearance and hygiene play an important role in the professional community and setting. Clothing such as shoes, shirts, shorts, or pants are required for all patrons of the SMC Campus Center. These rules are set in place to create a comfortable and appropriate setting for all who enter the building.
The SMC Campus Center supports the mission of UM by providing space for programs and events. Public spaces are open to all UM students, faculty, staff, and invited guests of the University. Reservations for events are filled on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. The SMC Campus Center is not an academic building and classes (including exams) will not be scheduled in the space.
Failure to comply with any policy established by the SMC Campus Center management team or requests by SMC Campus Center staff may result in denial of use privileges and/or assessment of appropriate charges.
Decorations may not obstruct doors, hallways, staircases, or fire exits. The use of adhesive material such as duct tape, tacks, nails, paint, etc., is prohibited. Rooms must be returned to their original condition after the event. Charges may be assessed for any space left in an unsuitable condition.
CulinArt has the exclusive right to cater events held at the SMC Campus Center. It provides a full range of food and beverages from coffee service to fine dining. You can arrange for simple pickup food service in which you do most of the work or you can arrange for CulinArt to staff your event and provide services from start to finish, both within the SMC Campus Center and across campus. You must have a room approval before making arrangements for food or beverages within the SMC Campus Center.
Catertrax is a new website set up for quick catered orders within the SMC Campus Center and campuswide buildings. For meetings and events at the SMC Campus Center, CulinArt Catering provides an extensive selection of breakfast, luncheon, refreshment, snack, and buffet options to meet the needs and budget of your group. To learn more about catering options, please contact Lindsay Winn at 410-706-0484 or email@example.com
University-recognized student organizations may provide their own food for a meeting or an event only if the food is provided as “takeout” food, meaning the food is fully prepared and ready to serve. The use of hot plates, burners, candles, or sternos is prohibited. Proper food handling must be observed. Student organizations providing their own food must contact Event Services via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure all related details are addressed.
UM departments and student organizations wishing to collect item such as clothing and books for donation to a charitable organization must submit a request. All donation box requests are to be submitted at least five business days prior to the start of the requested reservation date. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon approval, a confirmation email will be sent to the individual who submitted the initial request. If the request cannot be accommodated, an email will be sent to the individual who submitted the initial request. Please be aware that groups are not guaranteed the donation box space. Donation boxes can be set up for a maximum of two weeks. Donation box space is limited to the designated area.
At the conclusion of the reservation period, the collection box must be picked up by the reserving group within two days. The Campus Center is not responsible for items in the donation box after the reservation has expired. The student organization or department will provide the donation box. It must be labeled with the sponsoring organization or department, the dates of the collection, where the items will be donated, and what items will be accepted (examples include, but are not limited to, clothing, non-perishable food items, school supplies, etc.).
Currency CANNOT be collected in the donation boxes. The student organization or department will check the donation box frequently to empty the contents. The Campus Center is not responsible for theft of items placed in the donation box.
Individuals responsible for any acts of damage or/or vandalism to the facility or any unauthorized removal of items (including furniture and equipment) from the SMC Campus Center will be referred to appropriate authorities and will be held financially accountable for their actions. Organizations sponsoring events will be held responsible for the actions of their guests. The SMC Campus Center assumes no responsibility for items in event rooms or other spaces.
All programs/events will be scheduled to end prior to the building’s closing time to enable all individuals to leave the building at or before the scheduled closing time and while security is present. Event operating hours are subject to change without notice.
If the fire alarm sounds, all persons, except emergency personnel, must evacuate the building by the nearest stairwell or exit. Elevators should not be used. Once the building has been vacated, permission must be obtained to re-enter the building from a UM Emergency Warden or an SMC Campus Center building official.
Flammable materials may not be used anywhere in the SMC Campus Center.
Gambling for money/prizes and games of chance (including card games and 50/50 raffles) are prohibited in the SMC Campus Center.
All visitors to the SMC Campus Center are required to show their UM One Card or provide appropriate identification to security personnel.
It is the policy of the University of Maryland, Baltimore to conduct business as usual on every scheduled day. Due to inclement weather, however, the Office of the President may decide it is necessary to close the campus. If so, that decision usually is made by 6 a.m. and can be accessed by calling 410-706-UMAB (8622).
The loading dock is intended for use only by companies delivering or picking up items for SMC Campus Center building tenants. All deliveries must be scheduled in advance or they risk being denied access to the loading dock. To make arrangements in advance, contact BldgOps@umaryland.edu. There is no permitted parking, standing, or waiting privileges areas for private vehicles. Violators will be ticketed by Campus Police.
Items that are found in the SMC Campus Center should be turned in to URecFit on the fourth floor. The SMC Campus Center will not be held responsible for any materials, equipment, or personal items left in the building. If you believe your property has been stolen, you should contact UM Police immediately by calling 410-706–6882.
Minors (individuals under the age of 18) unaccompanied by a supervising adult are not permitted to use the SMC Campus Center unless they are currently enrolled at a USM institution or are actively attending a specific event held in the SMC Campus Center.
Persons wishing to show movies or films in the SMC Campus Center are charged with determining whether a license must first be obtained.
The two most accessible UM garages to the SMC Campus Center are the Penn Street and Pratt Street garages. The Pratt Street Garage is connected to the SMC Campus Center. However, unless special access has been arranged, parkers in the Pratt Street Garage still must enter through the Lombard Street entrance. The Penn Street Garage is located a block from the front entrance of the SMC Campus Center.
Organizations and/or departments hosting special events in the SMC Campus Center may inquire of Parking and Transportation Services about Special Event Parking arrangements.
Pratt Street Garage: Special Access Options
- On weekdays (Monday-Friday) during the academic year, Pratt Street Garage parkers may enter and exit the SMC Campus Center on the second floor through the vestibule located on the third floor of the Pratt Garage between the hours of 4 p.m. and 30 minutes prior to the closing of the building.
- Organizations or departments hosting special events may inquire of the Director of Events about the availability of vestibule access in conjunction with a special event. If approved, there likely will be an extra charge because of the need to have a security officer present at the vestibule during its use.
- Members of URecFit may take advantage of special parking arrangements offered at limited times of the day. See URecFit's website for details.
No flyers, posters,or banners may be placed, taped, or hung on walls, windows, doors, tables, or other areas. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Event Services at email@example.com. Appropriate materials may be exhibited on the televisions’ digital displays throughout the building. Please see “Digital Display” above for more details.
The Relaxation Space is located on the third floor, down the hallway past the Event Services offices. The space is open during regular business hours. Students who use the room are expected to keep it silent and refrain from eating or drinking
The use of scooters, skateboards, in-line skates, roller blades, and shoe skates is prohibited inside the SMC Campus Center.
No smoking is permitted inside the SMC Campus Center or on University property outside of the SMC Campus Center within 30 feet of its entrance or any overhang, inlet for an air-intake system, or window that opens and closes. http://cf.umaryland.edu/hrpolicies/section11/t110100Asa.html
The University of Maryland (UM) prohibits the carrying of guns, firearms, or ammunition at the UM campus and in any other locations owned, rented, occupied, or used by and under the control of UM. This prohibition applies to employees, students, invitees, tenants, visitors, and other persons on UM properties. Employees and students also are prohibited from carrying guns, firearms, or ammunition at any off-campus location where they are assigned as part of employment or educational experience. Exception: UM Police Officers and other law enforcement officers whose official duties require them to be at the UM campus or at other locations owned, rented, occupied, or used by and under the control of UM may carry guns, firearms, and ammunition consistent with this law enforcement responsibilities and in compliance with the rules and regulation of their employing agencies. http://cf.umaryland.edu/hrpolicies/section11/t110200Asa.html
Unapproved items may not be affixed to the windows or glass doors in the SMC Campus Center. This includes paint, posters, flyers, and other items. Unapproved items will be removed immediately. If you are wary about an item, please consult with the SMC Campus Center management staff.