Student Activities Center

Memorial Union Student Organization Office and Storage Space Policy


Student Organization Office and Storage Space (SOOSS) Terms and Conditions.

To view allocation details, update, and make changes, use the Tenant Information section of the Overview Checklist.
Contract Term

  1. The contract period begins the Monday of finals week in the Spring semester through Friday of prep week of the subsequent Spring semester.
  2. The Student Activities Center reserves the right to change the contract term by giving thirty (30) days advanced email notice. Failure to vacate space by the stated deadline will result in the removal of items from the organization's SOOSS area. Items will be held by the Student Activities Center for two (2) weeks after the deadline, after which time they will become the property of the Iowa State Memorial Union.

Check In/Out

  1. Tenants must move out by noon on Monday of Prep Week of the Spring Semester. New tenants can move in starting at noon on Monday of Finals Week.
  2. A student organization vacating their space must do the following:
    1. Clean the office/storage space thoroughly, including cleaning surfaces, inside of desk drawers, removing all items, removal of trash.
    2. Turn in keys.
    3. An SAC employee will inspect the space for cleanliness/damages and record the condition of the office.
  3. Failure to complete any of the above procedures will constitute an improper checkout. Failure to check out properly may result in additional charges for damages and cleaning.
  4. If an organization loses the keys to its office or desk units, the student organization and/or the student will be charged a minimum of $100 for lock change and $30 for each lost key.

Termination of Contract

  1. The Student Activities Center may terminate an organization's Contract for Student Office and/or Storage Space at any time under the following conditions:
    1. If the student organization is found to be in violation of the rules and regulations established in this contract and/or any university policy, or any federal, state, or local laws.
    2. If the organization fails to meet the regular weekly usage policy requirement for office spaces.
  2. The student organization may cancel their contract and vacate the space at any time. Upon receipt of a written notice from the student organization of intent to vacate, the student organization will have five (5) days to vacate the space.

Required Weekly Office Hours

  1. Closed office spaces are expected to maintain a minimum usage of 10 hours per week and cubicle spaces are expected to maintain a minimum of 5 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.
  2. Tenants are responsible for monitoring their own hours.
  3. Spot checks will be made Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM, and Fridays, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by Student Activities Center staff. Groups that have not met the weekly office hour expectation will not be considered for renewal unless they can show significant improvement in office usage by the start of the application process.


  1. Memorial Union and Student Activities Center Staff reserve the right to inspect and review the offices, general areas, and storage areas as they deem necessary. Inspections may be conducted without notice and without the presence of a representative of the student organization.


  1. During regular class sessions the East and West Student Office Spaces are locked Monday through Thursday at 7:00 PM and Friday at 5:00 PM, and closed Saturday- Sunday. After that time, it is accessible only by the student ISUCard.  Locked office and/or cubicle keys must be checked out from the Iowa State Memorial Union Info Desk after 7:00 PM, and during weekends.

Student Organization Office Space Access

  1. A set of keys is reserved for the student organization's office at the Student Activities Center Front Desk
  2. The keys are to be checked out only by those people listed on the Access List (which is maintained within the Student Organization Database by the President(s), Adviser(s), and Treasurer).
  3. Only individuals possessing a valid ISU card may be placed on organization key lists and/or check out keys. The student organization is responsible for the keys during the time they are checked out. The keys must not be given to another student organization and/or individual to use. Duplicate keys may not be made. If a key is lost the student organization will be assessed replacement fees.
  4. Access to the student organization's office is limited to the student organization members and its associates. The student organization is the only entity permitted to occupy the office allocation.
  5. Propping of main entry doors is prohibited and will be documented. The appropriate disciplinary action against the student organization will be taken, up to and including the loss of the student organization's office allocation.
  6. After-hours access to the SOOSS must be requested within the Student Organization Database by the President(s), Adviser(s), and Treasurer).

Liability for Personal Property

  1. Student Activities and the Iowa State Memorial Union are not in any way responsible and/or liable for the loss or theft of, or damage to, any property belonging to the student organization and/or its members and/or associates. The student organization shall not hold Student Activities responsible for damage that may be caused or sustained by breakage, leakage, or obstruction of pipes, and from other latent defects not known to Student Activities.

Liability for Student Activities and/or Iowa State University Memorial Union Property

  1. The student organization is also responsible for the upkeep of its office, cubicle, and/or storage area.
  2. The student organization is responsible for damages to Student Activities Center and/or Iowa State Memorial Union property that may be caused by the student organization or its associates.
  3. The student organization may be charged a fee for areas kept in poor physical condition that require non-routine service from maintenance and custodial staff.
  4. In the event of damages to the student organization's office, such as furniture, fixtures, doors, walls, ceilings, and windows, the Student Activities Center will charge the student organization's account for reasonable damages if the responsible person(s) cannot be identified. The Student Activities Center shall notify the student organization in writing of any intent to assess a charge. The student organization may contest the charges within seven (7) days of the delivery of the notification. If the charge is contested within the seven (7) days, the charge will not be completed until an agreed-upon decision has been reached between the parties involved. If no agreement can be reached within fourteen (14) days, the original charge will be assessed to the student organization's account.


  1. The Student Activities Center does not carry insurance on the property of the student organization.


  1. Each SOOSS office is provided with basic office equipment, including a desk, chair, and drawers for files, etc.
  2. Nails, screws, tacks, and tape are not allowed.
  3. Couches and similar non-office related furnishings are not permitted.

Prohibited Items

  1. Office and Storage Space may not be used to house or store:
    1. perishable items, beverages, and food of any kind (e.g. sugar, fruit, refrigerated beverages, snacks, candy, etc.)
    2. Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances.
    3. Hazardous/flammable/explosive/toxic materials (e.g. varnish, gasoline, lighter fluid, mercury, charcoal, propane, candles, paint, etc.).
    4. Weapons - any instrument or device primarily for use in inflicting death or injury upon a human being or animal, and which is capable of inflicting death or injury when used in the manner for which it was designed.
    5. Stolen property.
  2. Organizations violating this policy may be charged $50 for each occurrence and a violation may result in loss of space.

Use, Damages, and Vandalism

  1. The student organization is responsible for the proper treatment of the furnishings in its office or cubicle.
  2. Willful destruction or defacing of Student Activities Center property or Memorial Union property is prohibited. A student organization is responsible for damage to property, will receive charges for replacement or repair of the damaged property, and be subject to immediate termination of their contract.
  3. Student Activities Center desks, fixtures, and supplies in the East Student Office Space are not to be accessed, utilized, or tampered with.
  4. Any material changes to the office space (paint, hanging shelves or bulletin boards, etc) must be done by MU staff and any charges for those services and/or charges to restore the office to its original condition (patch, repaint, etc) are the responsibility of the organization.
  5. In the event of damages to the student organization's office allocation, such as furniture, fixtures, doors, walls, ceilings, and windows, the Student Activities Center reserves the right to assess the student organization's account a reasonable charge for damages if the responsible person(s) cannot be identified.

Items Left in SOOSS General Areas

  1. All items (both personal and provided Student Activities Center property) are to be kept in the student organization's office, cubicle, or storage space.
  2. Items cannot be placed or stored in SOOSS general areas.
  3. Items stored improperly or left in or around the office/cubicle/storage space will be removed immediately. Organizations will receive an email and will have 7 days to pick up the items otherwise they will become property of the Memorial Union and may be disposed of.
  4. Items may not be stored within 18" of the ceiling or structure attached to the ceiling. Decorations/supplies cannot extend beyond the confines of your allocated space.

Electrical Appliances

  1. Due to fire and sanitation hazards, any electrical appliances not included with the office space and/or related to normal office computer equipment are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, space heaters, cooking appliances, refrigerators, holiday lights, lamps, halogen torchiere lamps, coffee makers, candle warmers, and sun lamps. Because of the fire hazards they present, candles or other open flame devices are not permitted.

Fire Alarms and Equipment Abuse

  1. Tampering with the fire equipment, including fire extinguishers, fire department standpipes, exit lights, and the removal of glass box hammers is a violation of state law.
  2. Everyone is required to evacuate the building when the fire alarm is sounded, and may re-enter the building when the proper authorities give permission to do so.

Selling and Soliciting

  1. Selling and soliciting is not permitted. Solicitation shall be defined as commercial and/or profit-making activity. The student organization may not use their office space for any commercial reason.
  2. The student organization is not permitted to sublet or assign its office or storage allocation or to use it for commercial purposes.
  3. Student organizations may not sell anything through their office space (e.g. merchandise, tickets, registrations, etc).
  4. No cash/monies shall be collected or kept in the Student Office or Storage Space.

Staff Workroom

  1. The use of the microwave, coffee maker, or refrigerators in the SAC Staff Workroom is prohibited. A student microwave is available in the MU Commons.
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