Student Center



Building hours are posted at each entrance and by the elevators on each floor, and online at

Requests for a modification to the building hours for an event can be requested via email at If the building is open past normal operating hours, a custodian or an SMU PD officer must remain on duty to ensure building security. The client is responsible for assuming any related costs.

SMU staff with an office in HTSC are granted 24-hour access to the building. After-hours access may be granted to individuals without offices for business or event reasons upon approval via the HTSC After-Hours Access Form.


HTSC meeting spaces are reserved through the Programs and Events Coordinator. Priority is given to SMU chartered student organizations and departments. Reservations may not be made for any regularly scheduled academic class.

Charges and Rate Classifications

Clients reserving space in HTSC are assigned one of two rate categories: SMU Student Organizations/Departments and External Groups.

SMU Student Organizations are defined as chartered student organizations, temporarily chartered student organizations, Greek chapters, and Campus Ministry Organizations. SMU Departments are any academic or administrative group. All other clients are considered External Groups.

External Groups that have secured sponsorship by an SMU student organization or department will be charged the External Group rate for rooms and equipment.

Charges and rental rates are published online. If a fee is charged to event attendees, the event will be charged according to External Group rates, regardless of any SMU affiliation.

Failure to pay on time may result in the loss of Student Center reservation privileges.

SMU student organizations and departments can reserve space through Reserve SMU. External groups can reserve space by filling out the Reservation Request Form.

Student Center Event Fees

Fees may be charged to all clients under the following situations:

  • Failure to reset a room after using the space.
  • When a group’s meeting requires excessive housekeeping to clean up.
  • When equipment or rooms are requested late.
  • When a group fails to show up to their reservation.

Room Deposit

Reservations incurring a cost require a non-refundable deposit for the full room charge amount, which must be received in advance to confirm the reservation. Payment in full is expected at the conclusion of the event.


All spaces must be returned to their original condition. Individuals or groups reserving space will be charged to repair or replace any damages to the HTSC facility and/or its equipment. Damages may result in the loss of HTSC reservation privileges.

Cancellation of Room Reservations

Clients should notify us as soon as possible when a group will not use a space that has been reserved.

If two bookings within the same reservation, or two separate reservations made by the same group are not canceled during any one semester, the reserving group's contact will receive a written warning. The second time may result in loss of privileges to reserve space in the Student Center.

Cancellation of reservations made by External Groups must be made at least five business days in advance of the reservation. Failure to cancel within five business days will result in a room reservation charge at the full day rate for each day's reservation not canceled. Repeat violations of the cancellation procedure may result in the loss of HTSC reservation privileges.

Copyright and Showing Movies

If a group wishes to watch a movie as a part of a meeting or event, the appropriate rights must be purchased. Please note educational copyrights only apply for classes, and do not apply for events.

More information about Digital Rights Management and Copyright Law at SMU can be found here and here.

Many departments and organizations purchase film rights with Swank, a licensing company.

Loss of Privileges

Violation of University or HTSC procedures may result in the loss of the privilege to use the facility and/or referral through the University conduct system.


Acknowledging that some traditional events and programs should have precedence on the calendar, Priority Program reservations have priority scheduling status. Priority Programs remain constant from year to year, and dates change according to the University calendar. The HTSC Reservations calendar will open for Priority Programs in early February as soon as the official football schedule is released.

Priority Programs meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The event is historically significant or otherwise important to the entire University community;
  • HTSC has unique resources that cannot be found in other areas on campus;
  • The program requires significant operations resources;
  • The program must be offered annually at a specified time of year by an SMU department or a chartered student organization;
  • Attendees are primarily from the SMU Community (current SMU student, faculty, or staff);
  • The program aids in student recruitment and retention efforts.


  • Food and beverages are allowed unless otherwise stated.
  • The maximum length of any one reservation is seven (7) days.
  • Permission is required to hang banners, signs, or advertisements in meeting rooms and in the common areas and hallways of the building.
  • HTSC does not provide storage and assumes no liability for materials left in the building.


The Crossing
Spaces may be reserved by one group for a maximum of three (3) consecutive days, twice a semester. The space behind the counter area is divided into three sections for use by groups using the corresponding booth. The size of each section is 3'6" x 2'2". Signs may be hung in front of the designated space or the bar behind the counter; do not hang signs or banners on the back wall.

Student Organizations and SMU Departments can reserve the Crossing on Reserve SMU. For External Groups, find pricing and reservation information for the Crossing here.

The West Lobby and West Bridge
The West Lobby is used as a rain location for West Bridge tables. Chartered student organizations wishing to decorate the lobby area and the West Bridge Windows can make arrangements to do so through the Programs and Events Coordinator.

University departments, chartered student organizations, and temporary student organizations may reserve a table in the West Bridge through Reserve SMU. Typical uses of tables include:

  1. Promotion of an upcoming event/activity sponsored by the department or organization;
  2. Membership recruitment;
  3. An event such as a contest, prize give away etc...

Non-Reserveable Spaces

Commuter Lounge
The Commuter Lounge is generally not a reserveable space but exceptions may be granted by the Meeting and Events Coordinator on a case-by-case basis.

Commuter Lounge Lockers

  1. The lockers in the Commuter Lounge are made available to students only on a first-come, first serve basis. No reservations are required.
  2. All items must be removed from the locker at the end of the semester.
  3. Lockers will be cleaned out the week after finals every semester. Items not removed from the locker by 4:00pm the first day after finals week concludes will be removed and donated.

Commuter Lounge Kitchenette
The Commuter lounge has a kitchenette with a microwave, sink, and refrigerator with a freezer available for students to use. Students are trusted to maintain the area and clean up after themselves. The kitchenette and all contents in the refrigerator will be emptied the week after finals.



The Student Center partners with the Office of Information Technology to provide audio-visual equipment and trained technicians for meetings and events. Outside audio-visual equipment is not allowed in the Student Center without prior approval.

General Guidelines and Procedures

  1. The Student Center audio-visual equipment may not be moved or operated except by or under the direction of an AV technician. Violation of this rule may result in the revoking of reservation privileges and/or charges in accordance with any damage caused.
  2. You may reserve equipment in HTSC through Reserve SMU or the reservations form. Reservations must be made or confirmed with the reservations office at least five (5) business days prior to the event.
    • Fees for use of equipment will be structured based on the equipment used and the personnel required to operate equipment. Every effort will be made to honor a last-minute request for A/V equipment, however, a late-fee will be assessed. HTSC has a limited amount of equipment and staff available, so please plan ahead and let us know your needs so we can accommodate you.
  3. For more information on renting audio-visual equipment outside of the Student Center please see OIT’s official policy and request form here.

Please Note

Groups are charged (at the appropriate rate schedule) for equipment that is requested and delivered, whether or not the equipment is actually used. Please be sure you need the equipment before ordering it to avoid unwanted charges.


All clients hosting a meeting or event in HTSC are responsible for making arrangements for catering services, and providing linens, if needed. The department and/or organization is responsible for following University policy which requires that the outside food service provider has appropriate health certificate and certificate of insurance filed with the Office of Risk Management.


Decorations for Events

Our goal is to create a vibrant student center. To create a safe environment, everyone using HTSC is expected to adhere to the following:

  • Decorations/displays must be free standing and leave 18 inches from the ceiling to meet fire code. Please do not use nails, pins, or tape of any kind to place signs on painted surfaces or woodwork.
  • Do not hang materials from the fire sprinkler system, light fixtures, draperies, or the ceiling.
  • T-pins may be used to hang light banners and paper decorations to the Ballroom fabric walls only.
  • Candles, incense, grills, open flames, smoke or fog machines, and glitter are prohibited in the building.
  • Keep doorways, halls, and stairs unobstructed by decorations and equipment so that everyone can exit safely.
  • The sponsoring organization will be charged for any repair costs resulting from the use of decorations that damage the building.
  • Arrangements for special equipment or decorations provided by a vendor must be approved in advance with the Meeting and Events Coordinator or, in the case of audio-visual decorations, the OIT Director of AV Services.
  • All decorations and materials must be removed by the reservation end time listed on your estimate. Anything left behind will be disposed of, and a clean-up charge may be assessed.


The sale of goods and services not related to an SMU program may only be conducted from the Crossing.

Vendors seeking to co-sponsor a sale with a student organization must pay the appropriate fee for the use of the Crossing. Vendors cannot be sponsored to table at the West Bridge.


General Guidelines and Procedures for Leased Spaces

The Student Center has a limited number of spaces leased to tenants to provide services to the University community. Groups wishing to be considered to be a leased tenant must contact the Executive Director for Student Involvement.

General Guidelines and Procedures for Student Organizations

Student organizations interested in having office space in Suite 300 may apply with the Student Senate Student Center Governing Committee. Contact Student Senate for more information.


Newspaper and Magazine Distribution

Student organizations or SMU departments seeking to distribute materials in HTSC can do so after approval by the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Lost and Found

The Student Center is not liable for items lost in the building. Found items should be taken to the Student Involvement office during business hours. All found items are turned over to the SMU Police Department in Patterson Hall. Any items found after business hours can be turned in directly to Patterson Hall.


Persons or groups who wish to display plaques shall make a proposal to the Executive Director for Student Involvement. If approved, the requesters will be responsible for all costs associated with hanging, maintaining, and updating the plaques.