Facility Rules & Guidelines

Houston Hall is loaded with historic beauty and Perelman Quad and VPUL facilities aim to preserve the space for future Penn generations. As such the following rules and guidelines will be enforced inside the building. These Rules and Guidelines affect general visitors of Perelman Quad spaces, for policies regarding events with Perelman Quadrangle as well as links to forms click here.


The University of Pennsylvania is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, work-ing and living environment for all members and guests of our community. It therefore is the policy of the University of Pennsylvania that all smoking and tobacco use (including the use of smokeless tobacco) is prohibited in all University buildings and facilities, including but not limited to any meeting rooms, community areas, performance venues and private residential space within University of Pennsylvania housing. Smoking and tobacco use is also prohibited in all University of Pennsylvania vehicles (owned or leased), regardless of location. Finally, smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited on any University of Pennsylvania property, including but not limited to outdoor spaces (such as College Green, Shoemaker Green, Locust Walk, etc.), as well as parking lots, paths, fields, sports/recreational areas, and stadiums. Where University of Pennsylvania buildings are adjacent to public sidewalks or streets, smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited on those public sidewalks and streets within twenty (20) feet of the entrance to the building. The tobacco policy covers all smoking methods, including but not limited to the use of electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes) and hookah-smoked products.

Posting Materials (flyers, posters, etc.)

Notices (flyers, posters, etc.) may not be posted on walls, doors, or woodwork. Materials posted on building surfaces will be removed and thrown out. There is are approved bulletin boards on the 1st and 3rd floor of the buildings. Easels may be obtained from the Perelman Quadrangle and VPUL Performing Arts Facilities for posting notices pertaining to events taking place on the premises.


Consumption of Alcohol in University buildings is prohibited without prior approval from the AOD Office. More info on how to receive approval can be found here

Bikes and Scooters

Pedestrian Bikes are not Permitted in the building and must be locked up outside on a bike rack. Bikes cannot be locked to railings or other equipment. Any bike locked to a railing for more than 24 hours will be removed by Campus Security. Scooters and other recreational modes of transport cannot be ridden inside the building.

Late Night

After 8pm all doors to Houston Hall are locked except for the center door facing Penn Commons. After 9pm, all guests inside the building and all guests who enter the building will need to show their PennCard or state their reason for entering. Non PennCard holders will only be allowed into the building if they are attending an event or are purchasing something from Insomnia Cookies