Camping Policy


The University of Kansas has an interest in controlling and maintaining its property to safeguard the health and safety of individuals, ensure its property is used for its designed purposes, and promote and support its educational mission.  

Applies to: 

All KU students, faculty and staff, student organizations, and visitors.

Policy Statement: 

Except as stated below, camping on University of Kansas (KU) property is prohibited. Camping may be permitted:

  1. As a part of tailgating activities that are undertaken in conjunction with a University sporting event;
  2. By students, faculty, or staff in connection with approved University events which require overnight occupancy at the site of the activity, if approved in advance by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, or designee, pursuant to the Lawrence Campus Policy on Public Assembly and procedures and KU Edwards Public Assembly policy and procedures -- such approval shall be granted when the use is consistent with KU’s educational and/or business mission, will not disrupt other University activities or damage University property, and will not be detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of event participants or the campus community.
  3. By students, faculty, or staff with temporary hammocks or other sleeping or lounging devices used while engaging in recreation or studying activities outdoors between sunrise and sundown.


  1. “Camping,” is defined as any of the following:
  1. Sleeping outdoors, any time between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., with or without camp paraphernalia;
  2. Establishing or maintaining outdoors, anytime between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., a temporary or permanent place for sleeping or cooking by setting up any camp paraphernalia;
  3. Establishing, or attempting to establish, temporary or permanent living quarters on University property other than residence halls, apartments, or other student housing;
  4. Sleeping in, on, or under any parked vehicle; or
  5. Establishing or maintaining outdoors, in or under any structure not designated for human occupancy, at any time during the day or night, a temporary or permanent place for cooking, storing personal belongings, or sleeping by setting up any bedding, sleeping bag, mattress, tent, or other sleeping equipment, or by setting up any cooking equipment.
  1. “Camp paraphernalia” includes, but is not limited to, tents, tarps, sleeping bags, beds and bedding, cots, mattresses, hammocks, cooking or warming equipment, or any temporary outdoor shelter.
  2. “University property” includes all outdoor areas owned, leased, or controlled by KU, and all buildings and permanent structures owned, leased, or controlled by KU.
  3. “KU” means the University of Kansas and all controlled affiliate corporations, including Kansas Athletics, Inc.

Students and employees violating this policy may face disciplinary action. Visitors may be asked to leave the campus. Repeated violators may be removed and banned from campus.


(785) 864-4771

KU Police Department
(785) 864-5900

Student Affairs
(785) 864-4060

Approved by: 
Vice Provost for Operations
Approved on: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Effective on: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
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Change History: 

02/27/2024: New Policy published in the Policy Library.

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