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Campus Center Advisory Board



The Main Quad and Campus Center Patio are hubs of campus life and student interaction.  When unscheduled, these areas are to be made available to recognized student and staff organizations at no cost.  The exception to “no cost” is the need or request for special equipment and/or staffing.  With this in mind, it should be remembered that the Campus Center operates as an enterprise, offering many services to the college and the community, with limited resources.  Activities cannot interfere with the business operation of the Campus Center, including the use of rooms by students, staff and community groups; the business operation of Dining Services, including the sale, preparation and consumption of food; or the administration of the various services in the Campus Center such as Office of College Life, EOPS, Health Services and Police Department.

The Main Quad is the area between the Administration Building on the south and the Campus Center Patio fencing on the north. The west boundary for the Main Quad is the elevated landing just outside of the doors to the Library, while the east boundary is the first set of steps leading down to the L Quad including the landing.  The Campus Center Patio is the area outside of the west end of the Campus Center that is enclosed by fencing and has tables, chairs and a stage.   DASB and ICC/Clubs wishing to use one or both areas should submit a request through the Office of College Life.

Faculty, staff, and organizations other than student clubs that wish to use the Main Quad should submit A Special Event Facilities Request Form to the Campus Facilities Rental Coordinator.    The Special Event Facilities Request Form can be obtained from the Campus Facilities Rental Coordinator office located in the Administration Building.  The Campus Facilities Rental Coordinator will review the application and coordinate with the Office of College Life to ensure that there are no conflicting events scheduled in the Campus Center Patio.

Procedure to Reserve Campus Center Patio and Main Quad

Students wishing to reserve the Campus Center Patio or Main Quad for an activity must complete a Special Event Facility Request Form at least 10 days prior to the event and submit it to the Dean of Student Development or their representative for approval. The request form must also be reviewed and signed by the Campus Center Director for use of the Campus Center Patio and by the Campus Facilities Rental Coordinator for the Main Quad.  The Special Event Facility Request Form may be obtained from the Office of College Life.

Rules for Patio and Main Quad Use

  • Location for the event will be in the patio area or Main Quad.  During a rainy period, or when the temperature drops below 50 degrees, the event may be relocated to an available space in the Campus Center with the approval of the Campus Center Director.
  • Foothill DeAnza Board policy 3217 states “… smoking is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor campus locations, with the exception of designated smoking areas.”
  • Non -amplified events can be held in the patio and main quad area all day. 
  •  Events that are held or extend after normal business hours or occur on the weekends must have an adviser, in attendance, who is a Foothill-De Anza Community College District employee.
  • Amplified events will be limited to four per week during the day and two per week during the evening.
  • Amplified music and voices will be allowed only between the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   This will be strictly enforced, to the extent that power will be cut at 1:30 p.m. and/or 8:00 p.m., even if the event started late. The exception to this rule is approved events such as Club Day.
  • Non-amplified events may be held in the Patio and Main Quad from 8 a.m. to
  •  9 p.m.
  • Events on the Patio or in the Main Quad with amplified music or voices are not to exceed 80 decibels at a distance of 50 feet from the speakers between 11:30 am. and 1:30 p.m.  After 5 P.M. the decibel level must not exceed 65 at a distance of 50 feet from the speakers.   If the event is moved into the Campus Center due to inclement weather the decibel level is not to exceed 50 decibels at a distance of 25 feet or more.  If after one warning, the sound level is out of compliance, the activity may be terminated.  The Dean, Student Development, their designee, or the Vice President, Student Services will make the determination to end the amplification.  In the absence of these staff members, the Facilities Rental Coordinator will make such determination.
  • Vendors and professional entertainment groups must bring their own public address system if needed.  Damage or loss to Office of College Life equipment will be paid by the sponsoring organizations.  In some cases a certificate of insurance and hold harmless provisions may be required.
  • Arrangements for loading and unloading of equipment and supplies are to be made with the Office of College Life or with the Assistant Chief of Police of the FHDA Police.
  • All unloading and loading should be from the west side of the patio area or close to the vendor table(s).  Groups must obtain a permit to unload equipment from the Office of College Life or the Campus Facilities Rental Coordinator.  Unloading/loading permits must be clearly displayed on the vehicle. A half hour will be allowed for loading and unloading of vehicles.  Once the vehicle is unloaded the vehicle must be moved and parked in a designated parking area.  No vehicles will be allowed to park in the loading area, Patio or Main Quad ..   Vehicles not in compliance with this rule will be cited.
  • A sign designating sponsorship of the event must be posted and visible at the site of the event during the activity.   The Office of College Life must approve all student signage. *

 Exceptions to the above rules may be requested in writing from the Dean Student Development or her/his designee who will call a meeting with the DASB and/or ICC representatives and the Campus Center Director or Campus Facilities Rental Coordinator to discuss the request and make a determination.

Charges for Campus Center Patio and Main Quad Use

Generally there will be no charge assessed to student groups and organizations for the use of the Campus Center Patio or Main Quad. Charges may be incurred, however, for request requiring special staffing, or the rental of furniture and/or equipment.  If there will be charges associated with an event the Campus Center Director and/or Campus Facilities Rental Coordinator will identify these charges during the planning process for the event.  In some cases, charges may be assessed after the event to cover unanticipated expenses.  If it is necessary to levy charges for unanticipated expenses the Campus Center Director and/or Campus Facilities Rental Coordinator will provide the group with an itemized bill for the charges.

*Signage will be allowed to the extent that the sign advertises the event or the name of the sponsoring organization.  Event organizers are responsible for removing all signage immediately following the event.  If signage is not removed a fee for one hour of a Grounds/Custodial staff persons time will be charged to the event’s organizers to cover the cost to remove signage. Leafleting of dining services customers at tables will not be allowed

Campus Center Advisory Board
Contact: Sally Gore
Phone: 408.864.8758

Last Updated: 6/13/16