Special Event Services


Each year, Bowling Green State University hosts a number of special events within various venues across campus. The safety and security of those who host and attend these events is of utmost importance.  In an effort to ensure a safe and successful event while on the campus of Bowling Green State University, the BGSU Police Department provides security for many special events such as sporting events, concerts, student events, banquets, and special speakers to name a few. These assigned officers will provide crowd control, traffic control, and perform any other needed security measures.

Planning any event can be challenging and may involve many different departments and/or people.  Planning for the potential risks and hazards associated with an event is essential to the event's success. There are also other steps to planning a successful event such as reserving the proper space/venue, getting the proper permits, and securing the necessary University approvals. Please look at the below links for planning tips and event resources.

Bowling Green State University is a popular spot for 5K runs. The beautiful campus scenery, flat running areas, and central location make this campus an ideal place to hold a race. This link will provide you with the approved 5K and 5 Mile routes. *Only in rare instances will custom courses be permitted. All 5K runs will require a parade permit from the Bowling Green City Administration.

According to the Bowling Green State University Handbook, a sponsored public event must have police officers present at all times, hired by the sponsoring group. The Chief of Police or his/her designee will determine the required number of officers present. If you have any questions you may contact Lieutenant Derrick Hillat at 419-372-2346 or email derrich@bgsu.edu.

To request officers for your event please fill out the form below.

Please note:  Notification of an event and request for officers for special events must be made three weeks prior to the event date.  Late notice could result in your event being postponed or canceled.

Event Planning Questions and Resources


BGSU Policies

Updated: 03/23/2023 12:33PM