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Advertising, Distributing, Selling on Campus


The Office of University Communications will not allow the advertisement, distribution or solicitation of any materials that are contrary, in appearance or content, to Biola’s Theological Positions, Community Standards and/or the Displays & Posting on Campus policy. The decision of the Vice President of Student Development, or his/her designee, on these issues will be final.

Commercial Ventures

All commercial ventures must receive approval to advertise or sell their products on campus. To ensure the safety and privacy of all students, solicitors for commercial ventures (including students) are not permitted to advertise or market any product on campus without prior approval from the Biola Store Manager at, which controls all commercial sales on campus. Solicitors are not allowed into residential facilities, including apartment complexes. The distribution of literature on motor vehicles parked on Biola property is prohibited.

All commercial ventures may advertise in the Chimes, on Biola radio and/or in the Biolan, at the discretion of those student-run organizations. These advertisements may be subject to fees.

The following agencies, organizations, or persons will not be allowed to advertise or solicit on the Biola campus through any means:

  • Day care services,
  • Credit card companies (except for those offered by banks during Welcome Week),
  • Political groups or organizations not sponsored by a Biola department or recognized Biola student group or club,
  • Religious or other groups not in accordance with the mission, purpose, and Biola’s Theological Positions.
  • Housing/rental opportunities: Due to potential liability risks, Biola does not allow any direct soliciting of off-campus housing by homeowners, landlords, managers, etc.

Advertising, Distributing, and Selling On Campus (for students)

Advertising or selling tickets for non-Biola sponsored events is not allowed without approval from the Office of University Communications.

All posted advertising that is for sales and events is subject to this handbook’s Displays and Posting policy. All in-person distribution and selling is defined as a university event and is subject to the University Events Scheduling Policy in the Activity and Travel Planning section of this handbook.

Items sold as part of fundraising for Biola departments or registered student clubs or organizations are allowed as long as university protocols are followed (see “Fundraising Projects”). However, food sales as fundraisers are limited. Health department regulations require that food sales either be pre-packaged or sold by a registered, approved food vendor.

Students may not operate multi-level marketing/businesses, sell merchandise or solicit subscriptions/services (i.e. MaryKay, Avon, Pampered Chef, etc.) anywhere on university property.

Policy for Student Use of Biola Branding

Individual students, or groups of students not recognized as official clubs or organizations by SGA or Student Development may not use Biola's name, address, logos, signatures, athletic logos, seal, any other university marks, letterhead or business cards.

Groups of students recognized as official clubs or organizations by SGA or Student Development may create their own letterhead, business cards and other identifying materials using the "Biola University" name only, not logo, in accordance with the university’s branding guidelines and their own logo.

These groups may use Biola's corporate letterhead when representing Biola in an official capacity, with prior permission and approval of the content of this communication, first from the SGA advisor in Student Development, and then from the Office of University Communications.

In all cases, the nature of the group must be apparent in the content and/or design of identifying materials.

In addition, student groups who wish to start a social media account representing the university will need to review the Social Media Policy and fill out an official application for a Biola social media account for approval.

Political Advertising

For additional information on political/partisan soliciting and posting, please see the Political Activity policy.