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Gulf Park Event Services

Guidelines and Polices


  • Space requests are only accepted via space request forms submitted to Event Services through the Event Services website. A deposit is required to reserve space and will act as a credit towards the final bill. This deposit is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation or no-show by the customer. 
  • All events are subject to review to determine if the nature of the event is suitable for the facility before confirmation. The University reserves the right to reject any requests or condition the use of its facilities on such terms as it deems appropriate.
  • Once approved, you will receive the confirmation and the Services Agreement with any other applicable forms via email. A signed Agreement along with a deposit is due within five days of receipt to confirm your reservation. Space may be released, and reservation canceled if not received within the allotted time.
  • Balance is due 1 week in advance of the scheduled event. Check, cashier’s check and Credit Cards (Visa, MC) are accepted. 

  • For requests made within 14 days of an event, a signed agreement and full payment are due within 72 hours of receiving a confirmation email.
  • Event Services reserves the right to relocate your meeting or event based on the needs of the University or other facility patrons. If your room is changed, the listed event contact on the reservation will be notified.
  • Reservation requests will be processed in the order they are received. University recurring events, functions, and campus closures take priority over all other meetings or events.
  • Reservation/Meeting space in academic classrooms cannot be confirmed until the academic class schedule room assignments for the upcoming semester have been finalized.
  • The university does not provide any equipment (tables/chairs/tents), power, or water for outdoor events.


  • Any event that is cancelled will be subject to a $50 booking fee. This fee will be deducted from any deposit received. A fee will be assessed, based on space, if a reservation cancellation is not received in advance. Any deposit paid will be used as a credit toward late cancellation fees.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or more in advance of the event date will receive a 100% refund minus the $50 booking fee. Cancellations made within 15-29 days will incur a 50% fee. Cancellations made within 14 days of the event will incur a 75% fee.
    No party to this Agreement shall be responsible for any delays or failure to perform any obligation under this Agreement due to acts of God, severe weather events, strikes or other disturbances, including, without limitation, terrorist acts, declaration of war in the United States, insurrection, embargoes, infectious disease, governmental restrictions, acts of governments or legislative authorities, and any other cause beyond the control of such party. Circumstances will also be considered when restrictions are placed on travel i.e. curtailment of travel or transportation in the countries/states of origin of the attendees, preventing at least 50% of the attendees from traveling to the event. This includes government regulations prohibiting travel to the host city over the Event dates and/or the issuance of a “Level 3 Travel Warning” by the Centers for Disease Control that advises travelers explicitly to avoid all non-essential travel to the host city and which travel advisory is in effect over the Event dates.

    An Agreement may be terminated for any of the above reasons by written notice from the University or the Client. The parties will determine whether rescheduling is possible. In the event of a cancellation where no rescheduling is possible, any deposits will be refunded, except to the extent the University has incurred non-refundable out-of-pocket expenses in connection with the event.


  • DEPOSIT: A deposit will be required to confirm an event reservation and will serve as a credit toward the final bill. Classrooms and outdoor areas require a $50 deposit. Event space requires a deposit of 25% of the initial quote. This deposit is non-refundable if the meeting or event is canceled. The deposit does not apply to University or Student Organization events.
  • CUSTODIAL FEE: A cleaning fee will be applied to all applicable events. This fee varies based on event types and sizes. An additional fee may be charged to any event leaving excessive garbage, spills, etc.
  • SERVICE FEE: Applies to any services that fall outside of the regular scope of the Event Services Staff.
  • RESOURCE FEE: Applies to any Meeting or Event that falls outside of the Vision, Mission, and Values of the University.
  • RENTAL FEE: Standard rental fees vary by event space. Regardless of event type, a rental fee will be incurred by any organization that should charge admission or registration fees to attendees.
  • OVERTIME FEE: If an event requires a facility to operate outside of standard business hours (8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday), overtime fees will be assessed on a per hour basis. This fee includes the set-up and tear-down times required.
  • INVOICE: Balance of invoiced items and fees are due one week in advance of the scheduled event.
  • Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT): External organizations approved to host events at Southern Miss Gulf Park may be subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT), which is a tax assessed to organizations have that no University participation and/or attendance and is unrelated to the University's mission. 


  • Departments may need to provide a budget string prior to the event being confirmed.
  • Student Organizations, Departments, and Hosted Events are subject to standard service and equipment fees.
  • Events where members of the University administration will be present require a rehearsal.


  • Customer agrees to be responsible for the costs incurred and paid by USM to repair or remediate any damage to USM facilities, including furniture, fixtures, equipment, or other property used by the customer for its event. USM will assume no financial responsibility for any damaged or stolen personal property provided by the customer, customer guests, or outside vendors.


  • Southern Miss Catering is the preferred caterer on the USM Gulf Park Campus.
  • Events taking place within Hardy Hall during regular operating hours are required to use Southern Miss Catering.
  • Snacks and refreshments may be provided by the customer if the total cost, including food and paper goods, is less than $125 and comply with the University snack policy. Customers must notify Event Services that Food and Beverage will be served to allow for adequate set-up and clean-up time.
  • The Event Services Staff must approve any event serving alcohol, and the customer agrees to use Southern Miss Catering for all Food and Beverage needs solely.


  • Rearrangement, removal, or addition of furnishings or equipment to the facilities will require pre-approval of the Event Services Staff.
  • Tape, tacks, and nails will not be allowed on walls, floors, or carpet in the facilities.
  • Decorations are not permitted to be attached, in any manner, to the trees or buildings on the Gulf Park Campus.
  • Any open flame is strictly prohibited on campus property.
  • Customer is responsible for any items or furniture used for an outdoor event. These items are not supplied by, or the responsibility of, The University of Southern Mississippi.


  • Internet and Technical Services can be provided through iTech. Please request all services at least one (1) week before your event. Additional fees may be applied if the event is outside of regular business hours and if additional equipment is required.
  • Customers may not load software onto computers or attempt to circumvent computer security. Losses incurred because of this violation will be charged to the customer.
  • The University is not responsible for the loss of data to viruses or computer/electronic malfunctions.
  • Fleming Auditorium events are required to use a third-party vendor of the University's choosing for all AV needs. Fees vary based on the event.
  • Event Services does not supply HDMI adapters for projectors. Please check with a member of Event Services staff to see if your computer will require an adapter. All projectors require a VGA connection.


  • EXTERNAL EVENTS: The University of Southern Mississippi reserves the right to review and monitor the usage of the University name, marks, and logos. Contact the Office of University Communications to obtain approval for usage.
  • INTERNAL EVENTS: The Office of University Communications requests that all units allow UC to review communication materials before they are printed.
  • STUDENT EVENTS: For assistance with internal publicity or creating a flyer for your event, contact the Office of Student Affairs. Your Event will be advertised in the Student Affairs Newsletter.


  • In the event of an emergency, please contact UPD at 601.266.4986
  • University Police will lock and unlock the facilities.
  • In the event of a fire alarm, the individual/organization should not attempt to turn off controls. Alarms ring directly to the fire department.
  • If UPD is required for an event, the fee is $32 per hour with a 3-hour minimum charge.


  • Funding for some university facilities was partially provided by Harrison County and its municipalities. Facility rental fees may be waived for any city, county, or government agency located in Harrison County in these facilities only. To be eligible for this waiver, 50% or more of the organizations operating budget must be provided by the cities or county. Please note, while rental fees may be eligible for a waiver, service fees, and equipment fees still apply.
  • Non-profit organizations that provide a 501(c)3 certificate may be eligible for a 50% discount on facility fees. All service and equipment fees will be charged as incurred.


  • Insurance may be required for the use of any facility on the Gulf Park Campus. Insurance requirements do not apply to student or departmental events.
  • If applicable, the customer agrees to (a) obtain Event Insurance with at least one (1) million dollars in liability insurance coverage with "The University of Southern Mississippi" as a named insurance and (b) provide certification of insurance at least two weeks before the event. Events that do not comply with this requirement are at risk of the scheduled event being canceled.


  • The University of Southern Mississippi offers all persons equal access to educational, programmatic and employment opportunities without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, gender identity, genetic information, religion, race, color, national origin and/or veteran status pursuant to applicate state and federal law.
  • The customer is responsible for notifying Event Services of any special ADA accommodations needed at least one (1) week before the event.
  • Space is reserved based on half day and full day rates. Spaces are available to be booked as followed:
    • Half day rate (<4 hours)
    • Full day rate (>4 hours)
  • The University does not provide complimentary storage space for events held on campus. Please contact Event Services to reserve a storage space if required.
  • Use of tobacco in any form, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes/vaping devices, is prohibited in or on all University-owned, operated, or leased property including vehicles.
  • Parking requests must be submitted in writing to Event Services no later than two weeks before the event date. Reserved parking is based on availability and may incur fees depending on the number of spots requested.
  • Arrangements for shipping/storage of materials before an event must be made one month in advance by contact Event Services.

Customer shall be responsible for payment of any and all costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) incurred by the University of Southern Mississippi in enforcing any of Customer’s obligations under this Agreement, including but not limited to Customer’s payment and indemnification obligations.

*The University of Southern Mississippi reserves the right to change these Guidelines and Policies at any time without prior notice. In the event that any changes are made, the revised Guidelines and Policies shall be posted on our website immediately. Please check the latest information posted to inform yourself of any changes.



Contact Us

Gulf Park Event Services
Hardy Hall 205
730 East Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, MS 39560

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday 
8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed all University Holidays

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