[Minor revision–posted 6/26/20 (replaces 5/20/19 edition)]
Operating Policy and Procedure
OP 61.39: Use of the International Cultural Center
DATE: June 26, 2020
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Operating Policy/Procedure (OP) is to establish a written basis for the use of the International Cultural Center (ICC), a facility managed by the Office of International Affairs (OIA), Texas Tech University.
REVIEW: This OP will be reviewed in May of even-numbered years. The Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIA) will coordinate substantive revisions with all other principals and will forward such recommended revisions to the Provost and Senior Vice President.
The policy for the use of the ICC facilities is designed to clarify facility and grounds use standards and practices to enhance the university and public educational, research, and recreational purposes of the facility. The OIA is authorized and encouraged to make the ICC available for rental by individuals or groups for the following types of events: private events and functions, as well as similar events for local entities designated as charitable organizations under IRC Section 501(c), including fundraising events for such organizations.
a. Agreements and commitments concerning space and services at the ICC must be mediated through the administration of the OIA, which manages the ICC. The VPIA is the university's designated agent in determining appropriate practices regarding ICC personnel, facilities, and equipment.
b. University, civic, support groups, private groups, and other non-profit organizations may make reservations for space and services if they qualify under university and ICC policies. These facilities, equipment, grounds, and personnel may not be utilized for political, religious, or commercial interests. This includes, but is not limited to, such activities as political rallies or fundraisers, and religious worship ceremonies. The ICC may not appear to endorse any political party or cause, religious faith, or commercial product.
c. Specific rooms and areas of the ICC are designated for special events, meetings, catered meals, lectures, symposia, etc. OIA's International Outreach and Events Coordinator (IOEC) will act as the point of contact for all space and service reservations for the ICC. That office will maintain a list of available designated areas, make reservations for these, keep records, and coordinate facility preparation activities. Charges for using ICC resources and facilities will be assessed to reserving groups to help defray costs for security personnel, equipment depreciation, and facility maintenance and preparation.
d. OIA's IOEC also serves as a point of contact with university building and grounds maintenance services. This office supervises facilities, custodial, security, exhibits, carpentry, and divisional personnel and activities. All requests for repairs, access, modification, renovations, or other facility concerns shall be directed through this office.
e. All before- and after-hour activities at the ICC will require the presence of an OIA representative or security personnel approved by OIA's IOEC. If an event has been approved for the serving of alcoholic beverages, official security must be present.
f. Use or modification of grounds within or adjacent to the ICC facilities must be approved through the proper university departments. Requests for such usage should be forwarded through OIA's IOEC. Typically, Grounds Maintenance and OIA administration must approve any grounds usage requests. OIA's IOEC and the Grounds Maintenance Director must approve modifications to grounds.
g. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in ICC facilities or on the grounds without special written permission from the Office of the President or the Office of the Chancellor. Approvals must be submitted in writing to OIA's IOEC far enough in advance prior to the event to assure enough time to obtain authorization.
h. Smoking is not permitted within the facility nor within twelve feet of any building entrance.
i. Modification or rearrangement of ICC facilities, equipment, or materials for special events or group activities must be approved in advance by OIA's IOEC. Renovations of existing facilities and/or construction of new facilities must be channeled through the appropriate university departments.
j. Groups that reserve ICC space will be responsible for the care of that space during the event and for cleanup afterward. Costs to repair damage to the facility through negligence or abuse will be assessed to the responsible group. If OIA personnel are required to perform custodial services following an activity, additional charges may be assessed to the reserving group.
k. All grounds use must comply with TTU policies on concealed weapons on campus (OP 10.22, Concealed Carry of Handguns on Campus).
l. Open flames are prohibited in the ICC building; votives or candles enclosed in hurricane globes are permitted in the Hall of Nations only.
2. Reservation Procedure
Any organization sanctioned by the university may reserve an area of the ICC under the guidelines set forth by OIA. The OIA reserves the right to refuse rental of space to any organization or group where special circumstances have deemed it appropriate to do so by the VPIA or IOEC.
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