Harkness Chapel Rules for Use

This historic and valuable building should be treated with the utmost respect. Disregarding regulations and any resulting damages will be billed to the individual or group separately. Furthermore, the individual or group may not be permitted to use Harkness Chapel in the future. 

Responsible Party

Department of Music facilities should be utilized for activities, meetings, gatherings, and functions consistent with the registered purpose of the organization. Any unauthorized use of space is prohibited. Under no circumstances can music equipment be transported or used outside of the facility. All persons using space or equipment shall be responsible for their own safety and shall be solely responsible for anticipating, knowing, and taking all necessary precautions relative to working with such equipment. All appropriate measures and usage practices must be followed, including, but not limited to policies and procedures, general housekeeping rules, or any manufacturer guidelines. The Responsible Party assumes all risk of property damage and liability for any and all costs associated with any claims, actions, or damage(s). 

The Responsible Party agrees to adhere to the following:

  • No food or beverage is allowed in the main performance hall. Alcohol is prohibited. Absolutely no smoking or vaping anywhere on the premises.
  • Space is generally not available for storing equipment prior to or during an event.
  • The venue is not available for special setup (i.e. equipment or decorations that require construction in the building or on its property, use of ladders, etc.).
  • No outdoor setup of any kind (i.e. tables, tents, booths, etc.) may be placed on campus grounds.
  • The Department of Music must be advised in advance of any rented equipment supplied by outside vendors. 
  • All items must be removed at the end of the event (i.e. programs, flowers, aisle runners, equipment, decorations, etc.).
  • Keep all rooms clean from garbage and ensure the room is left in a good state. Extra trash bags can be provided by request.
  • Keep doors closed – doors should never be propped open. If you see a door propped open, please close it. Make sure to secure everything before leaving.
  • We strongly recommend that you do not keep personal belongings, particularly those of value, in any unlocked room unless you are actively working that space. CWRU is not responsible for any items left behind or stolen.
  • Do not place anything on top of the keyboard instruments.
  • The piano is available for use by professional musicians. The harpsichords and organ are not to be touched and cannot be removed from the stage.
  • Be very careful when moving around equipment and instruments.
  • Tossing/dropping rice, birdseed, confetti, or live flower petals is not permitted. Faux flower petals (interior) and bubbles (exterior) are permitted. 
  • No candles permitted.
  • Tape, nails, staples, and glue cannot be used on any surface (walls, floors, woodwork, glass, bronze, stone, etc.).
  • Electrical outlets are limited in number, please plan in advance. Two are located on the stage and along the wall where the chairs/stands are stacked.
  • No pets or animals are permitted in the venue.
  • Lost and Found – please give items to student event staff or take items to the music office (Haydn Hall, 103) during business hours
  • University Quiet Hours begin at 11:00 PM. Activities will not be scheduled past 10:00 PM.
  • Report any issues ASAP – continue below for reporting repairs and maintenance or event security and emergencies

Student Event Staff

Members of our student event staff will be assigned to work all external events in Harkness Chapel at the rate of $20/hour. Staffing is only provided during the academic year and depends on the availability of our team members. Student operations staff members are often on-site to monitor building operations; regard for their authority is expected. 


  • Food inside the building is expressly prohibited without the direct permission from the Department of Music.
  • If permission is granted, small receptions can be set up inside the main foyer on hard floors.
  • No food or beverages (except sealed water bottles) allowed in the main performance hall; absolutely no alcohol permitted.
  • Event hosts may bring their own refreshments, but before exiting the venue, all trash must be thrown away with the garbage bags placed outside in a designated area. Otherwise, custodial fees will be charged in the amount of $60/hour.
  • For special services, please contact Nicholas Strawn, Performance and Operations Assistant.

Before Leaving the Venue

  • Return instruments to the original location.
  • DO NOT leave keyboard instruments over the stage air vents.
  • Lock and cover the piano. Return it to stage right and parallel to the wall (do not block the backstage door).
  • Neatly rack music stands/chairs and return them to the side vestibule.
  • Dispose of all trash in the proper receptacles. Food waste should be cleaned up. Check both the lobby and audience areas.
  • Classroom: dispose of all trash and return desks or chairs to their original location.
  • Turn off all the lights.
  • Shut and lock the internal doors and windows.

Reporting Repairs and Maintenance

Routine Requests:
For Department of Music Facilities, service requests, building access (card swipe), room reservations, instrumental lockers, practice rooms, secure rooms or storage areas (lockbox access), and event logistics. Email music+facilities@case.edu or call 216.368.2297Include photos when possible.

In the event of a safety or medical emergency:
Call the Campus Security emergency line at 216.368.3333 and report to music+facilities@case.edu or call 216.368.2297.

Locked building or classroom:
During regular office hours in Haydn Hall, find a music staff member for assistance. For Denison Hall or special events in Harkness Chapel call 216.368.2297. After-hours, call the Campus Security non-emergency line at 216.368.3300 and present your Network ID (CWRU affiliates) and reservation ID or course details.

Facilities Services and emergency maintenance:
(plumbing, electrical, HVAC)
You may contact Facilities Services through the Customer Service Center at 216.368.2580. After-hours, all calls get forwarded to Public Safety dispatch with only true emergencies addressed. Anytime you make a services request, please report it to  music+facilities@case.edu or call 216.368.2297

Event Security

The Department of Music will notify Division of Public Safety about the opening and closing times for an event. Student operations staff are assigned and required for all external events to assist with unlocking doors, piano access, lighting, stage managing, and greeting guests. Event security is strongly recommended for events of more that 50 guests.

The Case Western Reserve University Division of Public Safety is dedicated to providing quality service, safety, and a positive educational experience for the campus community.

Contact CWRU Police

  • Emergency: 216.368.3333
  • Non-emergency: 216.368.3300
  • Tip Line: 216.368.3331
  • Non-Emergency Questions: publicsafety@case.edu

Safe Ride Program: These vehicles operate between 6:00 PM and 3:00 AM and can be requested via a free app (visit saferide.case.edu; call 216.368.3000, or download "CWRU Spartan Ride" from the iPhone App Store or Google Play). 

Walking Escorts: Request a walking or vehicle escort 24/7 (any time day or night) by calling 216.368.3300. 

Spartan Safe: (formally Rave Guardian) This safety app offers easy access to critical resources that you need the most. The free app—created through Rave Mobile Safety, which the university already uses to send emergency alerts via platforms such as email and text—provides a number of safety tools designed to keep you safe. Download Spartan Safe from the iPhone App Store or Google Play.

Safety Protocols: University Health and Counseling Services is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our campus community. Find the most current guidelines and resources on the (UH&CS) COVID Information page.