Building Policies & FAQ
Q. What are the Harre Union’s hours of operation?
Hours of operation are as follows:
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday Closed
Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.– midnight
Saturday & Sunday: 8 a.m.– midnight
Q. Where should we park on the day of our event?
Visitor parking is available in lots 13 and 14, located directly north and northwest of the Union. For a large event (500+), the Valparaiso University Police Department will arrange for additional parking. Please visit valpo.edu/maps for a map of the University campus.
Q. Are there designated smoking areas on campus?
Valparaiso University is a tobacco-free environment. Smoking or tobacco use of any kind is not permitted on campus.
Q. We would like to use an outside caterer for our meeting, reception, dinner, etc. Is this allowed?
Outside catering is not permitted at events held on campus. If you have catering needs for your event, Parkhurst Dining Services will be happy to assist you. Additional information and menus are available upon request. When alcohol is served, an alcohol provider is needed. We have a list of accepted providers, and a provider from the list must be used.
Q. How do I find travel directions to Valparaiso University?
Visit valpo.edu/maps for directions.
Q. We’re planning a large event. Is security available?
Security is available through the Valparaiso University Police Department for an hourly rate. Please inquire for more details.
Q. Are decorations allowed in the rooms?
Decorations may be added to rooms provided they meet the following guidelines:
- Decorations may not be taped, tacked, nailed, pinned, or glued to the walls or ceilings.
- No glitter or confetti is permitted.
- Candles must have a glass covering and an appropriate base.
- A complete list of decorating guidelines is available upon request.
Q. Is our group allowed access to the Bell and Beacon area in the Harre Union?
There is an hourly rental rate for the use of this area. Please inquire for more details.
Q. Are on-campus housing facilities available?
On-campus housing facilities are available in the summer only. Inquire for more details.
Q. Can I hold my wedding ceremony on campus?
Valparaiso University offers the spectacular Chapel of the Resurrection and facilities in the Harre Union.