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Noise & Amplified Sound Policy

Stanford is not only an academic institution but a residential community as well. It is the responsibility of all faculty, students and staff to moderate noise especially during an event or activity held on campus.

Supporting the mission of the University and respecting those who are studying, researching or otherwise carrying out academic-related activities is a Stanford priority. The campus must require an atmosphere conducive to ensuring these endeavors are accomplished and supported.

Disturbing noise in or around a residence or other campus buildings that infringe on the rights of other residents or members of the University community is considered a violation of this policy. As part of the event planning process, the event sponsor must obtain all appropriate approvals regarding the use of amplified sound during an event or activity.


Guidelines of this University policy include but are not limited to the following:

Campus Spaces and use of Amplified Sound

Amplified Sound in White Plaza.

General time limits on amplified sound at Evening Events:

Not allowed:

Amplified sound may be permitted in the following venues:

In general, amplified sound is not permitted in most outdoor areas** however, the following venues may be available pending administrative approval. Please note that some of these venues listed below may have more limitations on amplified sound than the general limitations mentioned above.

**For areas not listed here, please check with Registrar's Scheduling Office located in the Old Union:

Event Sponsor Responsibilities

Event sponsors wishing to request the use of amplified sound in a particular campus venue should begin the process by contacting:

Information regarding whether and how the use of amplified sound is permitted is available from the following sources:

  1. Student Activities & Leadership (SAL)
  2. Registrar's Scheduling Office
  3. The Office of Special Events & Protocol (OSEP)

Other limitations and modifications to this policy may be made at the discretion of the Committee on Public Events (C.O.P.E). The policies on noise listed herein are based on the current Santa Clara County ordinances. Copies of the County Noise Ordinance can be obtained from the Department of Public Safety as well as the Office of Special Events & Protocol.

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