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Inauguration Weekend Policies, Public Safety & Security

The University of Virginia respects and encourages free expressive activity by its students, faculty, and staff. At the same time, consistent with its educational mission, the University has established reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on such activities on University Grounds to assure that such activities are undertaken in ways that avoid disruption of University operations, and are consistent with its educational, employment, and safety responsibilities to its students, faculty, and staff. For an overview of the University’s policy on protests, demonstrations, and other expressive activities during inauguration events, visit the Policy Directory.

Prohibited Items at the Inauguration

For the safety of participants, the following items are prohibited during inauguration events:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Balls, Frisbees, and similar items
  • Flasks
  • Folding chairs or stools
  • Laser pointers
  • Sticks and poles (including sports equipment)
  • Tents*
  • Unmanned aircraft systems (including drones)
  • Weapons, fireworks, and explosives**
  • * Only tents (including pop-up tents) arranged by the University are allowed on Central Grounds during inauguration events.
  • ** Inauguration events are "educational activities” at which these items are prohibited for members of the University community, general public, and visitors in accordance with University Policy and Regulation.

Strollers: Umbrella strollers are encouraged due to the lack of space on the Lawn to accommodate large strollers. Strollers are not allowed at the rain location (John Paul Jones Arena).

In addition to the list above, backpacks, large bags, coolers, and balloons are prohibited in John Paul Jones Arena for all inauguration events. The arena is a smoke-free building (including e-cigarettes).
The University of Virginia reserves the right to prohibit any item deemed hazardous or disruptive to the ceremony or that interferes in the enjoyment of the event by others.