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 University Policy Manual
 California State University, Sacramento
Policy Title: Amplified Sound Policy

Policy Administrator: Vice President for Student Affairs
Effective Date: March 7, 1996 
Updated: July 2, 2008
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The purpose of the amplified sound policy is to regulate outdoor amplified sound so that it is unlikely to interfere with instruction or other University events or activities. Amplified sound may be approved for locations where such interference is not likely to occur.

The sponsoring organization or department is responsible for notifying three days in advance any faculty who are teaching classes that may be able to hear the sounds coming from the proposed activity. 

The volume of outdoor amplified sound for events held in locations such as the stadium must be controlled to sound levels and within time periods that are in compliance with this policy, city ordinances, and with consideration for neighboring communities.

The President has delegated policy oversight to the Vice President for Student Affairs who in turn has delegated the administration of the policy to the Director of Student Activities.

Approval Process

Student organizations must obtain approval for using amplified sound from the Office of Student Activities.  Campus departments and community groups must obtain approval from the Office of Student Activities after space is reserved and amplified sound request is disclosed through Space Management. The approval process for a large amplified sound program may take up to three weeks, so advance planning is necessary. 

This policy does not extend to the outdoor spaces that are managed by the University Union.


Student organizations, campus departments and community organizations are responsible for the acquisition and setup of equipment to facilitate their approved amplified sound program.

Sound Limits

The University reserves the right to identify a maximum permissible sound level, as measured by a sound meter or otherwise determined, that must be maintained (but not exceeded) for any approved event.

Complaint Process

Complaints about the noise emanating from approved events should be forwarded to the Office of Student Activities.


Approved by Alexander Gonzalez, President
October 2, 2008