During the Performance

Crowd Control

Attendance for an event can be controlled through ticket sales, so overcrowding does not become an issue.  The need for security measures at events sponsored by recognized student organizations is determined by the ODUS and the Department of Public Safety. The number of people involved and the nature of the event are the primary determining factors.  In some cases, security may be required for the use of certain buildings or areas.  

The group sponsoring the event is responsible for the cost of security.  Twenty-four hour notice is required for cancellations or a fee will be charged.

Seating may not be added to a space on the dates of performance to accommodate additional ticket sales. Additional seating may create fire safety hazards in the event of a building evacuation.

Front-of-House Personnel

The house manager and all front-of-house personnel must assist the audience to evacuate the building safely in case of an emergency.  A fire safety and evacuation plan must be prepared and all personnel should be trained in the duties they are to perform under the plan.  Front-of-house personnel may wish to be instructed in the proper use of portable fire extinguishers. Fire extinguisher training is available through the Office of the University Fire Marshal.

Exits (Means of Egress)

The means of egress is the continuous and unobstructed path of travel from any point in a place of assembly to an exit or public way (e.g., sidewalk, street, etc.).  All parts of the means of egress must be available for immediate, emergency use. 

  • Aisles and corridors must be unobstructed and kept free of flammable or combustible materials.
  • Event organizers must inspect the means of egress immediately prior to any event and remove any obstructions immediately.
  • Exit doors must be unlocked. 
  • Ensure that the exit discharge is also unobstructed (e.g., not blocked by dumpsters or vehicles, no materials stored against the exit door, all snow removed, etc.). 
  • All exit signs must be clearly illuminated and unobstructed at all times.
  • The width of a means of egress cannot be blocked or reduced.
  • Draperies or similar decorative hangings cannot obstruct the view or the access to an exit. 
  • Mirrors cannot be placed near an exit in any manner that may confuse those trying to exit.
  • Exits cannot be used for any other purpose other than a means of egress.  Spaces within a stairway enclosure are not to be used for storage of any materials. 


Kelly States
Assistant Director