Amplified Sound Policy


Carolina Union: Amplified Sound Policy



To ensure sound in the Pit does not negatively impact libraries and classroom buildings during academic instruction times, and to provide a process for requesting amplified sound in advance with the Carolina Union. 

Scope of Applicability

This policy applies to all students, staff, faculty, and guests in the Pit.


Policy Statement

  • Amplified sound is permitted outdoors on Fridays between 5pm - 10pm, Saturdays from 8am - 10pm, and Sundays from 8am - 7pm. 

  • Events with amplified events are prohibited outdoors during class hours, regardless of the time of day with the exception of Monday through Friday between 12pm - 1pm in the Pit, Plaza, and SASB Courtyard. 

  • All outdoor events are subject to the noise provision of the Town of Chapel Hill Code of Ordinances (Chapter 11, Article III). 

  • Organizations seeking to have events outdoors that involve sound must be explicit about their intent when making a reservation with Event Services.  

  • If asked by Carolina Union Staff to lower the sound level, you must do so immediately and without question. Failure to do so could result in the cancellation of your reservations for the balance of the semester and/or academic year. 

  • Amplified sound in the Pit, other than from personal systems such as “boom boxes” or pc speakers, is prohibited due to the proximity of libraries and classroom buildings. Any other sound system must be arranged in advance with Event Services and/or staffed by Carolina Union staff at an hourly cost to the client. 

  • The sound level is not to exceed acceptable levels as decided by the Carolina Union staff. 

  • This policy follows the UNC-CH Facilities Use Policy. 


Exceptions to the Amplified Sound policy must be submitted and approved by the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. Approved exceptions should be communicated to Event Services in writing. 

Related Requirements

External Regulations and Consequences

University Policies, Standards, and Procedures

Contact Information

3103 FPG Student Union
Corner of South & Raleigh Road
209 South Road, CB # 5210
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5210

Carolina Union Guest Services
(919) 962-2285

Hearing Impaired
T-711 (NC Relay)


Article ID: 132438
Thu 4/8/21 9:31 PM
Tue 10/31/23 1:18 PM
Effective Date
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02/23/2022 12:00 AM
Issuing Officer
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Issuing Officer Title
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Director, Event Services
Last Review
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07/20/2023 10:50 AM
Last Revised
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07/20/2023 10:50 AM
Next Review
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04/26/2024 12:00 AM
Date on which the original version of this document was first made official.
08/01/2012 12:00 AM
Responsible Unit
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Carolina Union