Special Events


Special Event Requests

Florida Atlantic University Police Department provides police and public safety services for special events on all FAU campuses. These events are defined as planned special occurrences which are approved by the University and are not considered part of the daily operation of the University. Any group, club, individual, or entity requiring police services can request services by completing an FAU Police Special Events Request Form below at least 5 days prior to the event. Event requests within this 5-day window may be considered, however, scheduling of police services cannot be guaranteed. After the form is received, you will be contacted by the Special Events Coordinator to confirm the request. If you would like to speak with someone about the details of your event or about specific requests, please contact the Special Events Coordinator for assistance. The FAU Police Department may recommend the cancellation of an event if adequate preparations are not made for the safety and security of the attendees and our students, faculty, and staff.

Special Event Staffing

We are frequently asked how we determine the appropriate level of staffing for events on campus. While every event is different, there are a variety of considerations that go into determining the level of staffing for each event. The following list is a general guideline of what is considered for the majority of special events on campus. Each event will be evaluated, and the minimum amount of sworn police personnel will be assigned to accomplish the security/law enforcement goal for the event. While the FAUPD Special Events Section works closely with all campus organizations to provide a safe environment for special events, the final decision on all event security measures and police staffing levels is the responsibility of the Chief of Police.

Event History – FAUPD will examine past event history to ascertain if the event ran smoothly or had any security problems. Events with a history of problems may warrant a higher level of security coverage.

Attendance – The estimated attendance for an event is used to determine the level of staffing that will be provided for the event.

Impact on the university and/or surrounding community – In order to control any adverse impact (crowd management issues, traffic control, etc.), staffing and physical security measures may be increased.

Alcohol – Alcoholic beverages will only be allowed at events when properly licensed, dispensed, and controlled in accordance with Florida law and University regulations.

High-profile speakers or subject matter - Celebrities, controversial speakers, and some politicians may require “dignitary protection” measures. Similarly, events that have controversial or highly charged subject matter may warrant special security consideration.

Special Events Request Form