Elevated Risk & High Risk Events

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Q.  Is my event considered “elevated risk or high risk?”

A.  Answering “yes” to any of the queries below indicates your event may be considered elevated or high risk, and you must file an Event Registration Form.  These questions are intended to be interpreted broadly.  Consider people involved, topics, as well as other factors.

  • Has a similar event caused any form of disruption at Cornell in the past?
  • Has a similar event caused any form of disruption on another campus?
  • Has a similar event been characterized as elevated or high risk, or problematic by any media?
  • Are there historic reasons why there may be opposition to the event?
  • Has there been litigation, including a Supreme Court case, connected to the topics of the event?
  • Does your gut tell you this event might be elevated or high risk?

Events might be a high risk for a variety of reasons.  The University Events Team (UET) works with groups to mitigate risk when possible; some events are just too risky to hold.  If your event has any of the following components, it may be considered risky and you must file an Event Registration Form.

  • Flames, whether burning a dragon or using a propane tank or matches;
  • Large crowds expected;
  • Similar events have had problems at Cornell or on other campuses;
  • Renting equipment such as inflatables or tents;
  • Sponsoring an event that is open to the public and/or may include guests under the age of 18;
  • Events that continue past 11:00 pm (i.e. late night events);

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