Posting and Banners

Policies Updated

Policies last updated on 5/4/2023

Reservations made before this date fall under the previous policy


  • Decorating and the removal of decorations must occur during the time of the reservation and is the responsibility of the sponsoring group/event host.
  • Helium balloons are not permitted. They can get caught in the ceiling fans or can set off the optical smoke detectors.
  • Smoke, fog and bubble machines are not allowed. Bubbles make the floor too slippery. Smoke and fog set off smoke detectors which set off fire alarms.
  • Candles, oil lamps, or incense are not permitted.
  • ONLY gaffers or masking tape may be used. Gaffers tape may be used for decorations that need to adhere to the floor, but the tape must be removed. Decorations may not be taped to the shades or windows.
  • Flowers and other decorations must arrive and be removed during the reservation period.
  • Ladders may be reserved and used with approval prior to the date of the event.
  • Hanging decorations must be approved prior to the date of the event. 

Paper Banners

Paper Banners (hung from 2nd floor lounge steel railings)

  • Banners may be hung from the 2nd floor steel railings to advertise an open-to-campus event in the Collis Student Center or an event that is part of an institutional event in or involving the Collis Student Center.
  • Banners must include the name of the recognized organization or department and event date(s).
  • Organizations and departments are limited to one banner at a time.
  • Banners may remain for a maximum of one week.
  • Banners may go up one week in advance of the associated event.
  • Organizations and departments wishing to utilize the 2nd floor steel railing space should email outlining the date and details of their planned advertisement.
  • Railing space is reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

Banner paper and markers are provided by the Collis Governing Board to create banners advertising recognized student organization and departmental events.

  • Groups may not use Collis banner paper or supplies for any use other than advertisements on the 2nd floor railings or tabling with a Collis Student Center reservation (i.e., Greek events, sporting events, etc.).
  • Banner paper is available in Collis 014.
  • Banners must be under 10 feet in length and 3 feet in width.
  • Banners must be made on the raised banner making station in Collis 014.
  • Those who misuse or abuse the banner making supplies will be held accountable for replacement and/or cleaning related expenses.

Collis Atrium Banner Space

  • Department sponsored event advertisements or displays may be placed in the Atrium Banner hanging space (from ropes that span the length of the Atrium).
  • The advertisement or display must be in conjunction with an open-to-campus event in the Collis Student Center or is part of an institutional event involving the Collis Student Center.
  • Displays are limited to a one-week period.
  • Banners must weigh less than 5 pounds.
  • Sharp objects may not be used.
  • The event organizer is responsible for providing the rope (100') and for hanging the display.
  • Departments interested in reserving the Atrium Banner Space should email

Bulletin Boards and Other Posting Areas

Recognized Dartmouth student organizations and College departments may post event advertisements on non-departmental bulletin boards and kiosks in the Collis Center and Robinson Hall.

  • All materials posted must be of interest to the College community and display the organization's name and the date of the event.
  • Only one flier per bulletin board is allowed.
  • No staples or tape may be used on bulletin boards.
  • Commercial postings (credit cards, summer opportunities, jobs, etc.) may be posted ONLY on the circular bulletin board in the basement.
  • Posting on walls, windows or doors is not allowed.
  • Posting is not allowed in '53 Commons.
  • Exceptions may be made for Collis Student Center facility announcements or resources.

Any materials posted that do not comply with the above policy will be removed.

The Collis Porch Banner Hanging Space

The Collis Center is central to campus life at Dartmouth. Its location on the corner of the campus provides many opportunities for discussion and dialogue--both actively in programs and passively with posters, banners, and advertisements. 

Recognizing Collis' role as Dartmouth's student center, the porch banner space may be reserved by departments, with the approval of the Director of the Collis Student Center, for the advertisement of significant institutional occasions for students. The banner dimensions are 9' wide by 11' high.

Collis Facade Illumination

The Collis Student Center façade may be illuminated in recognition of the hard work of students and student organizations in hosting institutional events. For the façade of Collis to be lit, it must be in conjunction with an event taking place in the Center or is part of an institutional event involving the Center. The lighting of Collis occurs mostly during moments of celebration and community pride. For example, the Collis Student Center is lit during the Homecoming Bonfire in recognition of the first-year class council who coordinates the building of the bonfire. 

The lighting of the Collis Student Center is at the discretion of the director of the Collis Student Center, in consultation with the Collis Governing Board.