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Filming Guidelines

Guidelines for filming on campus

For the News Media

The University of Dayton, as a Catholic, Marianist university, encourages an open environment where people can engage in community, discussion and freedom of expression.

Restrictions on news media access to campus are limited. However, to ensure our students, faculty, staff, visitors and campus facilities are respected, news media representatives must observe these guidelines:

  • Notify the Office of News and Communications at 937-229-3257 or prior to arriving on campus and to request permission for parking.
  • Filming or interviewing inside residence halls, academic buildings and classrooms is prohibited without prior approval by the Office of News and Communications. News media must be accompanied by an escort from media relations or other designated University representative.
  • The Office of News and Communications will assist news media with filming and interviews on campus, including location set up and coordinating permission and access to restricted areas.
  • Credentialed news media may use a drone to obtain coverage with advance notice provided to the UD Office of News and Communications, so it can check with the appropriate office(s) whether it is safe to do so. You may be asked to show a certificate of insurance or a license to operate a drone.
  • The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception is a sacred place of worship on campus and is generally closed to members of the media while on assignment. Please contact the Office of News and Communications to request access for all stories involving the chapel.

In the event of an emergency or other special circumstances, other restrictions may apply without advance notice.

For non-news photography and filming

Anyone who would like to use the University for external photography or video projects for commercial or other non-news purposes must coordinate their plans with the Office of News and Communications.

A written letter of intent must be submitted to the Office of News and Communications before permission is granted.

The letter must include a detailed description of the project and its intended use as well as information on the requested location, dates, times, people to be involved in the project and any equipment needs. The Office of News and Communications may request additional information depending upon the nature of the project. The requester may be required to submit a certificate of insurance and appropriate release forms.

A request may be denied if it is not considered compatible with the University of Dayton's mission, reflects negatively on the University, creates an undue burden on the campus community or for other reasons.

The University of Dayton name, identifiable logos and structures may not be used, mentioned or credited without permission.