Event Planning

Each year hundreds of events are sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, Campus & Community Engagement, or held in its facilities: Anabel Taylor Hall, Carol Tatkon Center, Sage Chapel, and Willard Straight Hall. These gracious and historic buildings comprise the architectural heart of Cornell University and form a memorable backdrop for any kind of special event.

To preserve the beauty and historic nature of these buildings and to ensure the safety of all participants, we have a set of requirements governing their registration procedures and appropriate use during your event. These policies and procedures must be followed to ensure that the event is safe and in compliance with University policy.

Certain times of year, Cornell has additional requirements or limitations, and you will need to check with the sponsoring office. Examples of University-wide events include the following: Slope Day, Homecoming, Orientation, Senior Week, and Commencement.

The Campus Activities Office provides numerous resources to those wishing to plan events on Cornell's campus.  Staff members can assist with:

  • Contract Negotiation
  • Budget Management
  • Production
  • Talent/Artist selection
  • Promotion and publicity
  • Hospitality
  • Volunteer and staffing issues

Please contact us if you're interested in learning more about event management resources available to you or your organization.

We also oversee the Events Management Planning Team (EMPT), a group of university officials available to assist with planning your event.