Oregon Bulletin

September 1, 2013

Oregon University System, University of Oregon, Chapter 571

Rule Caption: Amend Articles and Activities Prohibited at Athletic Facilities to include seat cushion restrictions.

Adm. Order No.: UO 4-2013

Filed with Sec. of State: 8-9-2013

Certified to be Effective: 8-9-13

Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2013

Rules Amended: 571-050-0011

Subject: The University of Oregon has determined that the amendment to the rule is necessary in order to provide for the public’s unobstructed enjoyment of events and to maintain allocated stadium seating capacity at the University’s athletic facilities.

   Copies of the amendment to the Articles and Activities Prohibited at Athletic Facilities may be obtained from Amanda Hatch, Rules Coordinator, at ahatch@uoregon.edu or (541) 346-3082.

Rules Coordinator: Amanda Hatch—(541) 346-3082


Articles and Activities Prohibited at Athletic Facilities

(1) The following items are not allowed inside (or on the rampways, stairways, or tunnels leading into) any University facility which serves as a site for intercollegiate athletic competition whether or not such competition is actually occurring:

(a) Glass containers of any kind;

(b) Metal cans;

(c) Weapons;

(d) Fireworks, explosives, or munitions;

(e) Alcohol or alcoholic beverages or freezes;

(f) Vacuum bottles and other similar insulated containers (thermos-type containers);

(g) Open plastic beverage containers, unless empty.

(2) Exceptions to the above prohibition are limited to:

(a) Alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverage containers belonging to the University of Oregon, or to licensed concessionaires or catering services contracting with the University for its officially sponsored social functions, e.g., receptions, meetings, promotional activities, etc.;

(b) Weapons of on duty law enforcement officials;

(c) Fireworks in the custody of any group or person operating or presenting a fireworks display as expressly authorized by the University.

(3) University employees, contractors, or agents may request, as a condition of the license to enter the University’s athletic facilities, that persons about to enter allow inspections of all backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, athletic bags, packages, duffle bags, coolers, ice chests, picnic baskets, and other containers capable of concealing prohibited articles:

(a) Inspections under this section shall occur outside the facility’s ticket gate or entrance. Persons possessing containers subject to inspection shall be informed that they are free to decline the inspection and may receive a refund of the price of the ticket upon surrender of their ticket, if any. In the alternative, the person may discard the container or prohibited items in the container or return them to a vehicle without inspection and then enter the facility without such items;

(b) Personnel making inspection requests are not obliged to cause entering spectators to wait in line while other inspections are occurring. Such personnel must, however, request to inspect the containers of the next person who appears to possess containers subject to inspection as soon as they have completed any given inspection;

(c) Signs with lettering no smaller than two inches high shall be prominently displayed at each entrance to University facilities that serves as a site for intercollegiate athletic competition. The signs shall generally describe prohibited articles, explain the potential request for inspection and the right-to-decline options, including refund, if there is a cost for admission. Similar explanations shall be printed on season ticket order forms and shall be displayed at ticket windows on University property where tickets for events at University athletic facilities are regularly sold.

(4) A person discovered during an inspection to possess a prohibited article(s) shall be offered the choice of discarding the article(s) in a public trash receptacle or of returning the prohibited article(s) to a vehicle or otherwise legally disposing of it.

(5) If a person already inside the facility possesses a prohibited article, that person shall be considered to have violated the license to enter and view the event. The person’s license is automatically revoked and the person shall be requested to leave immediately. A person who does not leave following such a request may be treated as a trespasser.

(6) If a person requests a refund under the provisions of subsection (3)(a) of this rule, University officials shall sign a bearer coupon and shall deliver it within a reasonable time to the person requesting the refund. Such a coupon shall not name the person possessing the prohibited articles, but it shall specify the location, price and date. This bearer coupon along with the unused ticket must be turned in at (or mailed to) the University Athletic Department’s ticket office for a refund within 30 days. Service and other charges in excess of the admission price are non-refundable.

(7) Persons entering a facility, as a condition of the license to enter, may be subject to search by electronic wand regardless of whether they are carrying any of the above-mentioned containers.

(8) A person entering the facility who is observed without inspection possessing a prohibited article shall be treated as specified in section (4) of this rule.

(9) Open umbrellas are prohibited in all Autzen Stadium, Hayward Field and Howe Field seating areas, seating area aisles, and standing room only locations. Signs on sticks or poles and signs larger than 24 inches wide by 18 inches high are prohibited in all athletic facilities. Complaints about violations of this section shall be made to Athletic Department officials or their designated agents. Violators failing to respond to a request to close their umbrellas by Athletic Department officials or their agents may be required to leave the event. Any one who violates the restrictions on signs in this rule may be required to leave the event by Athletic Department officials or their agents.

(10) Stadium seats, stadium chairs, or seat cushions brought by any person into any University facility which serves as a site for intercollegiate athletic competition may not exceed the following dimensions: 17.5 inches wide by 13.5 inches deep, with a seat back height that does not exceed 19 inches. The seat cushion may not exceed 4 inches in height. The seat back cushion may not exceed 4 inches in depth.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 351 & 352

Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.065 & 352.010

Hist.: UOO 7-1983(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-15-83; UOO 4-1984, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-84; UOO 5-1990, f. & cert. ef. 5-18-90; UO 3-2000(Temp), f. 9-20-00, cert. ef. 9-20-00 thru 3-18-01; Administrative correction 6-21-01; UO 17-2007, f. & cert. ef. 8-31-07; UO 3-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-18-08 thru 12-10-08; UO 6-2008, f. 8-14-08, cert. ef. 8-18-08; UO 4-2013, f. & cert. ef. 8-9-13

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