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
www.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. The following regulations reflect that even as we provide time for special events, recitals, memorial services, weddings, meetings, lectures, concerts, etc.

The Chapel will be opened during the September - May academic year as follows:

  • 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Ball game Saturdays only (because of scheduled weddings)
  • 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sundays
  1. 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 and Sundays at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Chapel is closed to the public on most Saturdays. The Chapel will be closed on all national holidays and on certain Sundays when students are on break.
  2. During the fall and spring semesters, the Chapel is reserved for private meditation, or "Quiet Hours." Unless otherwise approved, the Chapel may not be scheduled during Quiet Hours, which are designated as follows:

    Monday through Friday from
    7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    4:00 - 6:00 p.m., except on Fridays

  3. Two prayer/meditation rooms are available for small group meditation or study groups. The rooms may be reserved by going to the Chapel and signing up for a specific time slot each week. Reservations for each room may not exceeded one hour.
  4. University departments and recognized student organizations may schedule the Chapel (except during Quiet Hours) for regular meetings, special events, or memorial services not to exceed two hours by using an electronic reservation form located at the web site www.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 by using an electronic reservation form located at www.olemiss.edu/chapel . Use of the Chapel requires a fee and may be used in accordance with the terms of the University's Contract for using the Paris-Yates Chapel for weddings, also located at the same Web address or per attachment. 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 www.olemiss.edu/chapel on a first come, first-served basis, except that:
    1. Regularly scheduled meetings (monthly or more frequent) may only be scheduled one semester at a time, beginning 60 days before the start of each semester; and
    2. Regularly scheduled meetings may be pre-empted by other special events with 60 days' notice.
    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 e-mail 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 near the podium.
  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. Tents may not be used on the Chapel grounds. Parties must provide an alternative site for use of the Chapel grounds in case of inclement weather.
  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 www.olemiss.edu/chapel