FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (F.A.Q.)
Our department plays a large but silent role in many of the events that happen on and off campus. We have complied a list of the most frequently asked questions. Hopefully this resource will answer many questions you may have.
I want to host an event at USC. Can you help me? The Office of Cultural Relations and University Events is a client service department that provides a centralized standard of excellence, quality and protocol to the USC family – including the offices of the president, the senior vice presidents, university relations, the alumni house, USC associates, deans and development officers. We also produce commencement, homecoming and university-wide festivals or celebrations. We do not produce student or faculty events or seminars.
I am a student on campus wanting to do an event. What do I do? (visit www.usc.edu/events) and click the EVENT PERMIT APPLICATION button. Please fill out the application with all pertinent information and click SEND. You will receive an e-mail with a list of who you need to contact for space reservation (indoor or outdoor), rentals, catering, fire safety, parking, etc. It is your responsibility to follow up with each USC department or vendor. As a courtesy, there is also a vendor list on our homepage that you can reference to assist you. The USC Office of Cultural Relations and University Events does not produce student events.
How do I locate vendors to supply what I need for my event? Go to our homepage (www.usc.edu/events) and click on VENDORS. You will find a list of USC and non-USC vendors that can provide most everything you are looking for. This list is compiled of vendors we have a personal working relationship with and we believe they will provide you with professional service.
Who do I contact to get permission to use the Rose Garden along Exposition and across the street from campus? You need to contact the Expo Center at 213-763-0121. The Exposition Park Rose Garden next to the History Museum is not the property of USC.
I want the President and/or Provost to attend my event. How do I make that happen? When requesting the president’s attendance for an event, please print the President’s Calendar Request Form and send to Joanne Ramirez in the Office of the President along with a memo, requesting the president’s attendance, signed by the Dean. When requesting the president for meetings and briefings please complete and e-mail the appropriate request form to Dennis Cornell at the president's office.
When requesting the provost for events, meetings, and briefings please complete and e-mail the appropriate request form to Kevin Ennis at the provost's office.
Forms are located here.
I need to reserve an auditorium for an event. How do I do that? Go to our homepage (www.usc.edu/events) and click the VENUE button. Check the appropriate location box (classroom, ballroom, meeting space, auditorium, theater) and a list of venues will appear with location, guest capacity, cost of space and contact information.
What’s the address of Town and Gown? Town and Gown’s actual address is 665 Exposition Boulevard; however, being on a campus, this building does not actually sit on Exposition Boulevard. Its location is near the southeast corner of campus next to the USC Gould School of Law. As with most spaces on campus, you will need to park in one of the university parking structures or other designated parking locations and walk to this facility.
When is Commencement and how do I find out about the various ceremonies and other important details? To get the latest information on Commencement, please go to http://usc.edu/commencement.
I want to tailgate at USC before a home football game. Can I make a reservation? Reservations for tailgate parties can only be made for groups of 50 people and larger. The reservation for large groups simply designates a location for your party. It does not guarantee exclusive use of the particular space. For groups smaller than 50 people, you may tailgate anywhere on campus that is considered legal and safe.
Please download and review the tailgate application and policy here.
The USC Office of Cultural Relations and University Events - Phone: 213-740-6786 - Fax: 213-740-5934
RSVP Line: 213-740-1744