Student Center Operations

Connect to the University Center through the information desk on the first floor of Mary Graydon, open 8 a.m. - midnight 7 days a week, or contact the University Information Line, (202) 885-1000, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Student Center Directory

  • Megabytes
  • Einstein Bagels
  • Global Fresh
  • Freshii
  • Elevation Burger
  • POD Express
  • POD
  • Terrace Dining Hall
  • Campus Bookstore

Academic Support and Access Center
 - MGC 243
Center for Community Engagement and Service
 - MGC 273
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
 - MGC 202 & 201
Counseling Center
- 214
University Center
 - MGC 271
Career Center 
 - Butler 5th Floor Suite
Dean of Students 
 - Butler 4th Floor Suite
International Student Scholar Services
 - Butler 4th Floor Suite
Office of Campus Life 
 - Butler 4th Floor Suite

The Bridge Cafe

First floor TV lounge

First floor corner lounge

Second floor corner lounges

The Tavern

Student Center Policies

Catering is available but not required for campus events except for events in MGC 2-5, only campus catering may serve this space. However, there are simple restrictions on serving food on campus:
  • Food must be prepackaged or come from a vendor
  • Food cannot be distributed in the Tavern while eateries are open
American University recognizes and encourages the congregation of students on campus. However, all events and gatherings must not impede the accessibility to university buildings and services. If egress is blocked, groups will be asked to relocate so our building may comply with fire code. 

  • Please do not tape flyers or directional signage to the walls. This leaves residue that peels paint and must be cleaned. The information desk has directional arrows that can display your signage
  • Due to concerns for student allergies please do not bring any latex items to your events. This includes latex gloves and latex balloons.
  • Glitter is not allowed for any event

Darcy Frailey

Darcy Frailey is the Associate Director of Facilities & Event Services.

Campus Advertising Policies

All student organizations must have their advertisemetns approved first Email:

Approvals require:

  • Host organization name clearly displayed
  • Confirmed event reservation (for events on campus)
  • The following accessibility statement (for events on campus)
    • American University is committed to accessible programming and services. For accommodations please contact

Paper advertisements can be posted to the general boards in each building, each building reserves the right to remove posters at their discretion

  • Residence halls: bring flyers to the front desk to be distributed across the floors
  • University Center: bring flyers to the front desk to be placed in the elevator display cases
Digital Advertisements can be emailed to:

Tabling requires a 25Live reservation - link to 25Live website

Indoor space is restricted to allow egress, this is a fire code requirement

The name of the organizatio nthat made the tabling reservation must be prominently displayed and at least one member of the responsible organization must be present

ie Group A reserves a table to promote an event held by their good friends Group B. Group A must have a member present at the tabling reservation and display a sign that identifies "Group A" at the tabling location

Chalking must be done where it can be easily cleaned by natural rainfall. Chalking CANNOT be done in the follow locations:

  • Stairs and ramps
  • Building entryways
  • Sides of buildings and walls
  • The 9/11 memorial section of the road beside Kogod and Battelle

Banners can be hung in various locations around campus, please contact for details

American University Freedom of Expression

American University defends the right to free expression, including the freedom to express dissent, within the context of the law and responsibility for one's actions. The university also reserves the right to specify time, manner and place for the exercise of these freedoms, guided by factors that include safety, the rights of others and the normal functioning of the university.

Click here for the PDF version of American University's Freedom of Expression Policy