Guidelines and Regulations for the General Use of the Jared L. Cohon University Center
Groups using a Cohon Center room or space must use a preferred campus caterer, or pay the non-preferred vendor fee as outlined below.
Preferred campus caterers include:
Jean or Harry Ross
4. Any campus dining vendor (i.e. Gingers, El Gallo de Oro, Taste of India, etc.)
For events with 25 guests or fewer, there is no non-preferred vendor fee. You may order "drop off items" such as pizza, Chinese food, or sandwiches. However, the food vendor must come to the Information Desk upon arrival at the Cohon Center. Someone from your group must meet the vendor at the Information Desk for food pick-up or to lead them to your meeting room.
For events with more than 25 guests, there is a fee to use a non-preferred vendor:
- $75 fee for events with 26-150 guests
- $100 fee for events with 150-250 guests
- $200 fee for events with over 250 guests
Alcohol for events MUST be provided and served by Carnegie Mellon Catering.
Display case space
Dogs, cats, and other animals
Posting printed materials/decorations
Printed materials may be posted only on designated bulletin boards within the building. Nothing may be posted on the walls, ceilings, glass, or other surfaces of the Jared L. Cohon University Center without the consent of the Cohon University Center Scheduling Office. All materials must conform to the Jared L. Cohon University Center Posting Policy.
All decorations are limited to table decorations. Helium balloons must be removed immediately following an event. Failure to do so may result in charges to the event sponsor.
Scheduling of classes
The Jared L. Cohon University Center is a smoke-free building (including all cigarettes, cigars, e-cigs, etc.)
For more information refer to the University Smoking Policy
Student organizations that would like to reserve space for events and meetings within the Jared L. Cohon University Center must be recognized by the Committee on Student Organizations. When making space requests, student organizations may be required to provide a valid list of all the members who belong to the organization.
Vendors and vending space
Table space for distribution and sales by university and/or outside vendors is available for use in designated public spaces in the Jared L. Cohon University Center and adjacent patios. All persons using table space must remain within the designated area.
Vendors that are granted space will be treated as guests of the university and expected to adhere to all applicable university and Jared L. Cohon University Center policies and procedures. The event sponsor or vendor is responsible for compliance with all laws and regulations of the City of Pittsburgh and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding all items sold. All materials distributed within the Jared L. Cohon University Center or at adjacent public spaces must meet the standards specified in the Student Handbook.
Student organizations that are interested in sponsoring an outside vendor should contact the Office of Student Activities for more information. No alcoholic beverages or tobacco products may be distributed in any common area within or adjacent to the Jared L. Cohon University Center.