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Institutional Policies

Policy STUA-UNA-003

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Responsible University Administrator: Vice President for Student Affairs
Responsible Officer: Director of The Union Complex
Origination Date: N/A
Current Revision Date: 05/26/19
Next Review Date: 05/26/23
End of Policy Date: N/A
Policy Number: STUA-UNA-003
Status: Effective



Policy Statement


Individuals desiring to use Danforth Chapel must be aware of the policies regarding its use.

Reason for Policy/Purpose

This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding the use of Danforth Chapel.

Who Needs to Know This Policy

 All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.

Website Address for this Policy




  • Danforth Chapel and Chapel Place may only be used for religious purposes.
  • The chapel is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Additional hours are available by reservation only (601.266.4399).
  • A fee of $100 per semester will be charged for all on-campus organizations and departments. This will allow the user unlimited reservations during the semester.
  • A fee of $150 will be charged for all non-university reservations, as well as weddings.
  • Payment should be made to Conference and Event Services within 24 hours of the reservation or the reservation will be cancelled.
  • A key will be issued at the Conference and Event Services office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, for all weekend and after hour reservations. A $25 key deposit will be charged at the time the key is issued. The key should be returned the next business day, or the deposit will be forfeited.
  • Any candle wax damages will result in a cleaning fee assessed accordingly to the damage.
  • Each person/organization using the chapel is responsible for decorating and cleanup of the facility. You are also responsible for selection of photographer, florist, music and securing a minister to perform the service.
  • Persons using the chapel should inspect it one day before usage. To inspect the chapel prior to your event, contact the Conference and Event Services Manager at 601.266.4399. This will avoid a possible conflict with religious organizations that use the chapel on a daily basis.
  • In case of emergency, contact The University Police Department at 601.266.4986. You should also contact The University Police Department if a problem occurs with electricity, heating/cooling, etc.


The Director of University Union Complex is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).





Related Information




Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes

11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.

02/27/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.

05/26/19:  Changed all instances of Event Services to Conference and Event Services.  Changed all instances of campus security to University Police Department.  Changed within 24 hours to next business day relative to key deposit. 





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