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Student Group Event Planning

Below are the Fall 2020 guidelines for planning and hosting an event on behalf of your student organization. While the protocols and guidelines from this semester represent a departure from the past, our core message to student groups is consistent: Student Affairs is here to support all of our student clubs, whether near or far. Please reach out to us as needed - we are happy to brainstorm with you and offer counsel where we can. 

Three Steps for Planning a Student Group Event

Step One:

Check out the Virtual Events Best Practices Guide our Conferences and Events Team put together. 

Step Two:

Once you have a general framework for your event, and when you would like to host it, fill out the appropriate form below. 

            General Event Proposal Form - Use this form for any virtual event you would like to host. 

            Petition for Singular Event Form - Use this form only if your event could involve any in-person component (which includes having food delivered or organizing for meal pickup at a restaurant). Please note, this is for rare circumstances and may require approval from the University’s Campus Health office, based on the nature of your request. Fall events in the Law School are prohibited; this includes using Law School rooms or spaces to arrange for meal pickup or drop-off, 

Step Three:

Student Affairs will review your proposal and be in touch with you. Please feel free to reach out to Melissa Clerval in the meantime with any questions or concerns. 

Quick Links and Resources 

  • Use of University Fund Guidelines (Updated to Include COVID-19) Restrictions
    Please review this memo for relevant guidelines as to how you can use University funds in support of your group’s mission. This memo includes guidelines that are applicable at all times as well as specific Fall 2020 rules.
  • Scheduling 
  • Funding
    • Administrative Funding (e.g., Student Affairs, CP&P)
      See descriptions of funding and apply for all types here
    • Equal Access Fund 
      Separate from administrative funding, if individuals seek support to help pay for club activities (e.g., dues, fees, etc.), these club members can fill out our
      Equal Access Fund form. This fund provides small, individual grants to ensure all students can participate fully in Law School life and activities. These grants are typically under $100. 
    • External Funds (e.g. law firm donations)
      Please get in touch with Andy Maynard and Lizzy Sarshik in our Alumni Relations Office before contacting external organizations. Alumni Relations can advise on outreach strategies, organizations to target, etc. 
    • Student Government (CSR) Funding
      CSR oversees the Law School’s portion of the University’s General Fee revenue, and makes budget allocations to student groups. CSR elections took place on Sept. 17, and their budget allocation process typically starts in late September. All clubs will be notified of the application process shortly. 

 

Questions? Contact Melissa! 

Melissa Clerval - Student Events Coordinator 

mclerval@law.upenn.edu