19.3 Rules for Scheduling & Booking Venues

19.3.1 Rooms

Rooms and similar venues (those which are not “teaching spaces” reserved for the use of the Graduate School) must be booked using the University’s online Exchange room reservation system. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Booking priority is given to official University functions. Conflicting requests and double bookings will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the office of the Provost. 

For information concerning the booking of “common space” rooms by members of the public, please see Public Use of Common Space in this chapter.

 

19.3.2 Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Exhibits, Events

19.3.2.1.  Academic Events:

In January of each year, applications must be submitted to the Workshop Committee for Academic Events which are to be held at the University during the fiscal year commencing 16 months later (April of the next year). This lead-time is critical to the process of evaluating, prioritizing, locating, and calendaring academic events.  NOTE: After an Academic Event has been approved, significant variations in the size and scope are not permitted without the prior approval of the Workshop Committee. A significant variation is defined as a change of more than 5% in the total budget, or a 10% change in the number of participants in different categories. Substitution of speakers due to cancellation is permitted within these limits. Applications for variations will be considered at the next meeting of the Workshop Committee. At least one month should be allowed for approval of variations.

19.3.2.1.1 The Workshop Committee reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the President. Incomplete applications will be returned without review.

  • Applications will be evaluated according to the scientific merits of the proposed Academic Event and the costs and benefits to the University of hosting it.
    • A budget must be provided in accordance with the recommendations of the Workshop Committee.
    • If additional external funding support is being requested or has been received for an Academic Event, this fact must be stated in the original application.
    • Funding awarded by the Workshop Committee may not be supplemented from the budgets of Research Units.
  • Criteria for student participation, selection and financial support should be detailed.
  • Applicants must provide an indicative list of names and affiliations of the proposed speakers.
  • The Workshop Committee will review applications submitted outside the closing dates at its next meeting.

19.3.2.1.2 Academic events must be coordinated between the Unit that proposes the event (and its program, content, speakers) and with the University’s Conference and Workshop Section in the Research Support Division, which is responsible for the logistics.  Questions about the details of the application process may be referred to the Conference and Workshop Section.

19.3.2.1.3 Logistical support for travel, accommodation and facilities, websites, etc. will be provided by the University’s Conference and Workshop Section. Preparation and distribution of meeting materials, programs, proceedings, advertising, entertainment, etc. is the responsibility of the organizers.

19.3.2.1.4 Disbursements associated with the organization and running of Academic Events (including travel for guests and other hospitality) must be approved by the office of the Vice President for Financial Management.

 

19.3.2.2  University Non-Academic Events

Events such as Open Campus, Inaugurations, Public Lectures, Concerts, and Exhibitions are organized with guidance from the office of the Vice President for Communication and Public Relations.

19.3.2.2.1 The Colloquium Committee is responsible for establishing an annual program of colloquia that would normally be scientific in nature but not necessarily directly relevant to the research activities of the University.

19.3.2.2.2 The Culture Committee is responsible for establishing an annual program of cultural events, exhibitions, concerts, and public talks.

19.3.2.3 Externally Funded/Organized Non-Academic Events

(NOTE: Externally funded Academic Events must be referred to the Conference and Workshop Section of the Research Support Division.) Conference facilities and other venues of the University may be used for Events organized and/or funded by groups external to the University (External Events), including non-profit organizations and commercial enterprises. Although External Events need not be directly relevant to the scientific or educational programs of the University, they should be consistent with the University’s goals of fostering outstanding international research in science and technology, encouraging multidisciplinary research, training students and young scientists, or fostering self-sustaining development in Okinawa. Additional details may be obtained through the Conference and Workshop Section of the Research Support Division.

19.3.2.3.1 Applications for use of University facilities must be submitted to the Workshop Committee .

19.3.2.3.2 University-sponsored Events in general will take precedence over External Events in scheduling and use of facilities and resources.

19.3.2.3.3 All External Events must be open to members of the University community.

19.3.2.3.4 Unless by unusual exception, no fee for the use of the University facilities for externally organized and/or funded Events will be charged; however, the Events must be cost neutral to the University.

19.3.2.4 Public Use of University “Common Spaces”

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the University campus.  Access is open to the entrance gallery, center court, cafeteria, restaurant space, and the village zone. Access to laboratory buildings, however, is restricted to authorized University personnel. The general public can also use the University facilities for meetings and certain other events. Please see Chapter 21 for the details of reservation.

 

19.3.3 Catering and Other Special Services

Any disbursements associated with catering and running of Conferences, Workshops and Courses (including travel for guests and other hospitality) must contact either the Procurement Section or Travel Expense Team of Accounting Section in the office of the Vice President for Financial Management, depending on the contents.

19.3.3.1 Catering

The University will enter into an annual contract based on cost per meal with an outside caterer to supply food and beverage during Events. This contract however is not exclusive and conference organizers are free to choose different caterers.

19.3.3.2  Accommodations

An annual contract based on cost per room will be entered into with a local hotel to provide accommodation during Events. This contract however is not exclusive and conference organizers are free to choose different hotels.

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