Oakland Center

Oakland Center, Suite 151
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3245

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The Oakland Center is a top destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni and off-campus guests; please refer to our policies and procedures to keep this prime destination running smoothly.

Hours of Operation and Event Hours
Hours of operation are based on standard hours during the Fall and Winter semesters. Hours may be subject to change.

Building Hours: Fall and Winter Semesters

Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Building Hours: Summer Terms (early May - late August)

Monday - Thursday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Open for events only

Holidays and Break Hours

During breaks in the academic term and between semesters the Oakland Center will be open Monday to Friday from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM and closed on weekends, unless otherwise posted.

The Oakland Center is closed for the following holidays:
New Year’s Day - January 1
Memorial Day - Last Monday in May
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - First Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday in November through the immediate following Sunday
December Recess - Dates vary and will be posted online and at Oakland Center entrances

Additional dates surrounding holidays may also be closed. For specific closures and hours of operation please visit the Oakland Center homepage.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday...8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The OC Administrative Offices are located in suite 151 in the Oakland Center.

Event Hours

Monday-Friday...8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday...8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Events may load-in as early as 7:00 AM and have until 11:00 PM to load-out. Please let your event manager know how early you will need access to the facility for events. Events or activities requesting the Oakland Center be open beyond standard hours may be subject to additional charges.
The meeting and event rooms in the Oakland Center are continually in use and require a timely schedule of cleaning and reset in each room.  The type of decorations used impact the turn over time of these rooms.  When decorating an Oakland Center meeting or event space do not cover the windows on room doors and side lights or cover "exit" signs. Stapling, tacking or adhering to any painted surfaces, brick walls, furniture, floors or glass is prohibited.  Restricted materials include hay, sand weights, confetti, rice, dance wax, powder, glitter, or similar materials. Groups will be assessed a fee for any extensive clean-up. Candles (or anything similar that produces fire and/or flames), pyrotechnics, fogging devices and decorations that "bleed" color when wet (i.e. crepe paper) are prohibited.  Groups that violate the decoration policies may be charged accordingly.
Distribution & Solicitation
Distribution of material and solicitation of any kind are not permitted on OU's campus without prior approval. In the Oakland Center, on- and off-campus groups and individuals can promote their products or services only at reserved information tables. To reserve a table in the OC, you must contact the Oakland Center Reservations Office, 151 Oakland Center, at (248) 370-3230. On- and off-campus groups and individuals wishing to solicit or distribute materials elsewhere on campus should follow Oakland University Policy 415 Distribution and Solicitation on Campus.
The Oakland Center is responsible for the administration of tabling within the building. All requests for tabling must be submitted through Grizz Orgs (student organizations) or by e-mailing [email protected]. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received. Tabling in the Oakland Center takes place every weekday, from 10am-4pm, in two hour blocks (10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, and 2pm-4pm). Tabling is not permitted during exam periods or breaks in the Academic Calendar. Oakland University affiliated groups, including departments and registered student organizations, may request the use of tables in the Oakland Center twice per week, for a maximum of four hours per week. The two blocks of time can be requested sequentially, allowing for one four hour block of time. Off-Campus groups may request the use of tables once per week, for up to the full six hour tabling period (if space is available). Two hour blocks will incur a $100 charge, with each additional two hour block incurring an additional $50 charge, up to a maximum of $200. The Oakland Center will provide one 6’ table and up to three chairs per request. Groups may not have more than three individuals operating a table at one time. In addition, all individuals operating a table must remain behind the table in order to maintain the safe and unimpeded flow of traffic through the building. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in the cancellation of the current reservation or the suspension of tabling reservations for the group. Prior approval from the Oakland Center is required for cash collection (sales and/or donations). Amplified sound is not allowed while tabling, and all promotional materials are limited to the space on the table and signs behind the table no greater than 8’ in width.
Posting Policy
University departments or organizations may post materials on any authorized bulletin board or display area. Off-campus groups or individuals must receive approval from the Center for Student Activities, 49 Oakland Center, before posting materials on campus. All posting regulations must be followed or materials will be removed. Table tents are not permitted in the Oakland Center.
Food Services/Catering
With the exception of the University campus store and vending machines all food and beverage sold or served in the Oakland Center must be provided by the Oakland Center in-house food service provider.  Groups are not permitted to bring food or beverage into the Oakland Center.  Potluck meals are not permitted. Violation of this policy may result in additional event charges and/or a suspension of facility scheduling privileges. Please consult with your event manager or contact the Oakland Center if you have any questions or concerns related to catering.
Donation Collection
The Oakland Center supports the community service efforts of student organizations at Oakland University. As part of this program, the OC offers the opportunity to collect non-monetary donations in the building. Donation Collection boxes can be placed in two designated locations for a maximum of two weeks. Once scheduled, please remember to stop by the OC Administrative Office, 151 Oakland Center, to have your containers approved. Containers may be placed at their locations the evening before the collection is to begin. You are also responsible for monitoring the containers with at least one pick-up every week. The Oakland Center reserves the right to cancel your collection at our discretion. Please fill out a Donation Collection Request form to reserve your space. There is a limit 3 collections that can be scheduled at one time and all request are on a first-come, first-served basis.