Winthrop University: Cultural Events - Sponsors - Approval Process

Cultural Events

Approval Process

Each semester, event organizers who wish to have their events considered for approval as Cultural Events must submit a request to the Cultural Events Committee. The committee is responsible for reviewing event proposals and determining whether they meet the criteria for Cultural Events and Global Learning Initiative (GLI) Events.

Approval of events sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts and its various divisions is automatic. If your event is being sponsored by the, please click here. A calendar of these events is provided by the Dean’s Office each semester.

Submitting an Event Proposal

When requesting Cultural Event status for an event, please complete the following steps:

 Step 1. 

Review the guidelines for events and submission examples.

 Step 2. 

Find a University faculty/staff member to sponsor the event.

 Step 3. 

If the event will be taking place on campus, make a space request through the campus space reservation system (note: the space request does not need to be approved before an event proposal is submitted).

 Step 4. 

Submit an event proposal. Event proposals are reviewed by the Cultural Events Committee, which meets twice a month during the fall and spring semesters. To ensure timely review, event proposals should be submitted at least 4-6 weeks prior to the event.

Submission Deadlines

In order to be guaranteed review at the next committee meeting, event proposals must be submitted by the upcoming deadline. The committee meeting dates for Fall 2022 can be found below:

    Tuesday, September 6

    (Submission Deadline: Friday, September 2 at 5:00 p.m.)

    Tuesday, September 20

    (Submission Deadline: Friday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m.)

    Tuesday, October 4

    (Submission Deadline: Friday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m.)

    Tuesday, October 18

    (Submission Deadline: Friday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m.)

    Tuesday, November 1

    (Submission Deadline: Friday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m.)

    Tuesday, November 15

    (Submission Deadline: Friday, November 11 at 5:00 p.m.)

    Tuesday, November 29

    (Submission Deadline: Friday, November 25 at 5:00 p.m.)

    Thursday, December 15

    (Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m.)


Notice of Decision

Once the committee has reviewed the event proposal, the Cultural Events Coordinator will notify the event sponsor of the committee’s decision. Four decisions are possible. (1) The committee may approve the event proposal as written. (2) The committee may put its decision on hold pending submission of additional information (if the event proposal is unclear or missing information). (3) The committee may deny the event. (4) Or the committee may allow the event sponsor to revise and resubmit the event proposal, detailing the specific changes that would bring the event into compliance with the guidelines.

      Once an event is approved, it will be added to the Cultural Events calendar. This calendar is updated on a regular basis during the fall and spring semesters as new events are added. Event organizers can contact us to request calendar edits as needed.

      Change in Time, Date, or Location

      If a change is made to the time, date, or location of the event, or if the event is canceled, the organizers and sponsor must notify the Cultural Events Coordinator so that the events calendar can be updated. In the event of a last-minute cancellation, the event organizer must post a notice sign outside of the event area. This is especially important for times when it is unlikely that news of the cancellation will reach students by any other means.

      Modification to Program

      If a change is made to the event program itself such as a new topic of discussion or a speaker/panel different from that listed on the event proposal, the event organizer and sponsor must notify the Cultural Events Coordinator immediately, as the event may require reapproval by the Cultural Events Committee.

      Once the event is approved, the event organizers may use the Cultural Events logo for marketing purposes. The logo is available for download on Communications and Marketing website. The logo may only be used for events that are listed on the events calendar.

      The sponsor of the event is encouraged to contact fellow faculty and staff members, those who teach courses on topics related to the event, and relevant student organizations, to inform them of the event. It is hoped that such information may be used by the faculty and students to enhance their course curricula and learning, thus making the event a more enriching experience for students.

      Attendance Monitoring

      A record of students present at each Cultural Event must be made.

      Students' attendance at on-campus Cultural Events is tracked by the Cultural Events Coordinator. A Cultural Event Monitor will arrive at the event area approximately 30 minutes prior to the event to begin scanning students in. In order to receive credit, students must scan in and out of the event with their Winthrop ID cards. Event organizers are encouraged to make an announcement 15 minutes prior to the start of the event reminding students to check in.

      For off-campus, the faculty/staff sponsor shall be responsible for maintaining a record of all students in attendance. This is to be provided to the Cultural Events Coordinator within two business days following the event.

      Click here to view the Attendance Policy for students.

      Event organizers will have the following responsibilities:

      • They will be in attendance for the entire event.

      • They will notify the Cultural Events Coordinator immediately of any changes to the event, including changes in time, date, location, or duration, as well as event cancellation.

      • They will handle any discipline issues that arise at the event.

      • They will supervise the limiting of crowd size to prevent overcrowding

    The decision to deny an event does not reflect the importance of the event nor the committee's support for the program being offered, only its adherence to the guidelines set forth by the Winthrop faculty.

    Event sponsors who wish to appeal this decision may submit a letter of appeal. This must be submitted directly by the event sponsor to the Cultural Events Coordinator. The appeal will be reviewed and a final decision made by the Office of the Provost. The Assistant Provost will notify the event sponsor of the decision.

    Note: Appeals submitted through the improper channels will not be considered. For questions regarding the appeals process or to check on the status of an appeal, please email


Last Updated: 9/13/22