Policies

I. Scheduling An Event

Any EMU person, organization or department is welcome to make use of Common Grounds for an event during the Fall or Spring Semester while classes are in session. An event must first be requested by filling out and submitting an Event Request Form at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Each request will be reviewed by the Events Manager and the contact person will be responded to promptly. Common Grounds reserves the right to refuse any event submitted with less than 2 weeks notice or that cannot be adequately supported.

And remember…Wednesday nights are “open” nights with no scheduled events. So come on down for a night of uninterrupted studying, hanging out, or relaxation.

Non EMU related groups may not hold regularly scheduled events in the space. By the same token, we are a business open to the public and many local community members enjoy using our space for a quiet conversation over a cup of coffee, keeping in mind the following common sense guidelines:

  • Limit gathering size so as not to interfere with normal/other business and use (for example, one table group is acceptable)
  • Tuesdays evenings are reserved for regular events and Wednesday evenings are reserved for quiet studying only
  • Any group choosing to use Common Grounds for their gatherings must ensure that activities are quiet and do not cause a disturbance to others in the space (for example: no singing, solicitation, loud conversation, or any activity which makes it uncomfortable for other patrons to go about their business in the coffeehouse)

If your group would like to reserve an on-campus space for a regular meeting, contact the Office of Conferences and Events

II. Events During Closed Hours

Any campus group wishing to hold a special event in Common Grounds during non-operating hours will be charged $20/hour for additional staffing and operations. If an event requires scheduling additional staff in order to host an event successfully, an additional $20/hour fee will be assessed. For example, Common Grounds will charge $20/hour to supply 1-2 staff people, $40/hour to supply 3-4 staff people.

III. Event Cancellation

Common Grounds is a highly sought after space for activities and organizations. Anyone who schedules the space for use is asked to do so only after the time, date and setup logistics have been determined. “Last minute” changes or cancellations impact not only the operations of Common Grounds, but also other groups interested in using the space.

An activity that is canceled, or altered in time or date, within 2 weeks of the event, will result in the group being charged up to a $20 fee, at the discretion of the Events Manager. In addition, any supplies or food purchased to support the event will be invoiced to the reserving party for payment.

IV. Outside Food

Common Grounds recognizes itself as a legitimate business and views any food brought in location for special events as a form of competition. An organization wanting to provide food for its event has three options:

  • Purchase the food from our Menu
  • Purchase the food from our Catering menu
  • Provide their own food, but group will be charged a $30 fee

V. Off-Site Catering Services

Common Grounds catering services are available off site anywhere on the EMU campus for a small fee of $30 (covers transportation and staffing costs). To access this service, complete the Catering Menu (indicate in Comments section where the event will take place. Catering manager will follow up regarding details of event). The Common Grounds catering manager can be contacted at the following email address with any questions: cm_commongrounds@emu.edu

VI. Candles and Open Flames

An open flame or candle poses a serious risk to the safety of both the public and the building, and is therefore generally prohibited in Common Grounds. For specified events, the limited use of candles is allowable, given the following criteria:

  • The Events Manager is notified ahead of time on the Event Request Form. If adequate notice is not given, Common Grounds reserves the right to refuse the use of any candle or open flame.
  • Common Grounds provides both the candle and the container.
  • Common Grounds determines the area and sets it up: outside the flow of traffic, not on the platform, & on a sturdy table.
  • Candles are only lit for a specific time-frame associated with an event, and are never left unattended or used as general ambiance.
  • Extinguished candles are returned to the Common Grounds staff at the conclusion of the event.

VII. Weather Delays and Cancellations

  • Common Grounds will maintain normal operating hours in the event of class delays due to inclement weather.
  • Common Grounds will operate on a delayed schedule in the event of class cancellation or campus closure due to inclement weather, opening at noon on these days.
  • Common Grounds Library Quick Brew will follow open, closed and delayed hours set by library staff.