Accessibility Navigation:

Use of Campus for Commercial Photography Policy


Davidson College's campus consists of many historic and visually aesthetic settings. In addition, the public has unimpeded access to the campus grounds. Thus, it may be considered as a site for commercial photography sets.


This policy informs the public of Davidson College's policy on the use of the campus by non-college commercial photographers.


Commercial photography may be accommodated only in limited circumstances when scheduled by an appropriate college employee.

Administration of Policy

The Director of College Communications and manager of Guest Services shall oversee this policy and review it at least once every two years. Changes to this policy shall be made in accordance with the college's Policy on Policies.

All commercial photography requests shall be first reviewed by College Communications to protect college landmarks from being used inappropriately. Following approval from College Communications, the standard selection criteria for assessing Non-College Groups' requests shall be followed.

Commercial photography sessions such as wedding portraits (or any other personal portrait or still life photography) will be accommodated at no charge for the following:

  • Alumni/ae and their immediate family
  • Faculty and staff and their immediate families
  • Members of Davidson College Presbyterian Church
  • Wedding parties using Davidson College Presbyterian Church

These requests must be scheduled through the Guest Services Office, and the photographer and subject/s must complete Hold Harmless Agreements prior to the shoot. The Guest Services Manager shall identify locations on campus for these photography sessions that do not interfere inappropriately with the life of the college.

Unscheduled portrait and still life photography of a commercial nature is not allowed on the campus. Campus Police will ask photographers without a scheduled appointment to leave campus. If an unscheduled commercial portrait sitting is in progress, the subject would otherwise be approved, and there is no competing campus activity, Campus Police may issue a warning but should not disrupt the shoot. If the session is competing with a campus event, it should stop immediately and be rescheduled.

Commercial photography requests of a business nature will be considered according to the policy governing Non-College Activity.

Last Reviewed: Summer 2010​