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Security at Campus Events
Event Type  0-100  101-200  201-500  501-1000  1001-2000  2001-3000
Lectures 0 Officers 1 Officer 1 Officer & 1 Sergeant 2 Officers & 1 Sergeant 3 Officers & 1 Sergeant 4 Officers & 1 Sergeant
Fairs/Festivals 0 Officers 1 Officer 1 Officer & 1 Sergeant 2 Officers & 1 Sergeant 3 Officers & 1 Sergeant 4 Officers & 1 Sergeant
Dances/Parties Requires MSUPD Pre-Approval
(possibility of 1 Officer)
1 Officer 1 Officer & 1 Sergeant 2 Officers & 1 Sergeant 3 Officers & 1 Sergeant 5 Officers & 1 Sergeant
Live Concerts Requires MSUPD Pre-Approval
(possibility of 1 Officer)
1 Officer 1 Officer & 1 Sergeant 2 Officers & 1 Sergeant 4 Officers & 1 Sergeant 5 Officers & 2 Sergeant
Social Events Requires MSUPD Pre-Approval
(possibility of 1 Officer)
1 Officer 3 Officers & 1 Sergeant 4 Officers & 1 Sergeant 5 Officers & 2 Sergeants 6 Officers & 2 Sergeant
Events with Dignitaries
or other high security risks
1 Officer 1 Officer 2 Officers & 1 Sergeant 3 Officers & 1 Sergeant 4 Officers & 1 Sergeant 5 Officers & 2 Sergeant
5K Run/Walk 3 Officers

Events with 3000+ attendees: For every 500 attendees, 2 additional officers are required.

Costs: $40/hour per officer. For all events requiring security, organizers must meet with the University Police Department. Call 662.325.2121 to set up an appointment. Events not listed above that require the closure of streets must be reviewed directly with University Police to determine security needs.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS: Individual events determined to be high security risks will require additional police, and costs associated will be the responsibility of the sponsoring group. The number of officers providing security at events are assigned based on the actual number of people who are expected to attend the event. If the sponsoring group does not plan accordingly for the number of attendees who might actually show up to an event, the MSUPD reserves the right to turn attendees away in an effort to maintain a safe and secure environment. It is better to plan for more than not enough attendees due to how officers have to be scheduled in advance for events.

CANCELLATIONS: Events that are canceled without providing prior notification of at least 4 hours to MSUPD will still incur charges. DO NOT rely on canceling an event through Cowbell Connect as providing notification. Cancellations should be given by calling or texting 662.325.2121. Simply notify the Dispatcher of your event name, location, and that MSUPD was supposed to provide security but the event is canceled. They can in turn notify supervisors and officers of the cancellation. If your event is canceled and you do not notify MSUPD via phone, then the officer(s) will still report to the event, as they are scheduled in advance and do not receive alerts through Cowbell Connect, and the sponsoring group will be charged accordingly for their time. 

To Apply for Funding

With support from the Student Activity Fee, registered student organizations can request funds from the Student Association to cover security costs. To apply follow the steps below:

  1. Log into Cowbell Connect
  2. Go to the page of the organization in which you want to request funding (be sure to be an administrator for this page or have treasury access)
  3. Click "more" on the top bar menu, then select "treasury"
  4. Fill out a new budget request form
  5. For requesting security funds explicitly, add a line item under the category "Security," and describe the security requirements based upon the event type
  6. List the security costs.
  7. Submit the form
  8. The appropriations committee reviews requests every two weeks, please plan accordingly! Organizations will be notified as to the status of their requests.

For questions regarding appropriations, contact Tyler Dickerson jtd368@student.exchange.msstate.edu, the MSUSA Senate Appropriations Chairman.

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