The University of Mississippi
Paris-Yates Chapel & Peddle Bell Tower

Policy for General Use of Paris-Yates Chapel

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
E-mail: chapel@olemiss.edu
olemiss.edu/chapel
Voice Mail: 662-915-6915


The central purpose of the Paris-Yates Chapel is to provide a place of quiet and meditation for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University, as well as a facility for campus events of all types, such as special events, recitals, memorial services, weddings, meetings, lectures, concerts, etc.

  1. The Chapel will be opened during the academic year August - May as follows:
    Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  2. The Chapel will be closed when the University is closed. During student breaks and the summer sessions, the hours of operation will maintain a shorter schedule:

    Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Varies

    The Chapel is closed to the public on Saturdays. The Chapel will be closed on all national holidays and on certain Sundays when students are on break.

  3. Two prayer/meditation rooms are available for small group meditation or study groups. The rooms may be reserved by going to the Chapel website olemiss.edu/chapel and filling out the electronic form to request a time to meet. Reservations for each room may not exceed one hour.
  4. University departments and recognized student organizations may schedule the Chapel for regular meetings, special events, or memorial services by using an electronic reservation form located at the web site olemiss.edu/chapel . Please contact Dr. Linda Spargo at chapel@olemiss.edu if you have questions.
  5. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the University may schedule the Chapel for wedding services, memorial services, Christenings, etc., by using an electronic reservation form located at olemiss.edu/chapel. Please contact Dr. Linda Spargo at chapel@olemiss.edu if you have questions.
  6. Attendance for any organization, special event, or wedding may not exceed 200 people, which is in accordance with state fire codes.
  7. All scheduling of the Chapel shall be made by using the electronic reservation form located at olemiss.edu/chapel on a first come, first-served basis, except:
    1. Regularly scheduled meetings (monthly or more frequent) may be scheduled for the academic year.
    2. Regularly scheduled meetings may be pre-empted by other special events.
    3. Regularly scheduled meetings shall not interfere with prescribed Quiet Hours.
  8. The list of approved organists can be obtained by contacting Dr. Linda Spargo by email at chapel@olemiss.edu .
  9. Nothing shall be hung from the walls. No handouts shall be left in the Chapel.
  10. Food and beverages are prohibited in the Chapel. No alcoholic beverages may be served on the Chapel grounds.
  11. No candles are allowed except ceremonial candles on the altar table.
  12. Only ribbons may be used to secure any decorations to the pews. Tape may not be used. Care will be taken to avoid marring the finish of the pews.
  13. No tape of any kind can be used on the floors.
  14. THE CHAPEL MUST BE LEFT AS IT WAS FOUND – CLEAN AND IN ORDER.
  15. Interpretation of the regulations and their adjustment to special circumstances shall be the prerogative of Dr. Linda Spargo, Director of the Paris-Yates Chapel.
  16. Parties violating policies of the Paris-Yates Chapel may lose privilege to use the Chapel.
  17. Cancellation of reservations can be made by electronic cancellation form located at olemiss.edu/chapel
  18. There is no visitor parking at the Chapel. Parking passes should be purchased from the Welcome Hut on University Avenue/Grove or online through Parking and Transportation Services http://olemiss.edu/parking/visitors.html . Parking after 5:00 p.m. is permitted, but any parking in that area prior to 5:00 p.m. can result in receiving a parking ticket.
  19. There is no charge for faculty, staff, students, or sanctioned campus organizations to use the Chapel for campus events; this does not include weddings. However, each of these groups is expected to take care of the Chapel and leave it as they found it – clean and in order.