There are 8 Banner Pole loations on the Diag, which are available on a week-to-week basis. Student organizations and university departments can rent these spaces to advertise for campus events; they are not available to unaffiliated businesses or individuals. 

Advertisers may reserve Diag Banner Pole locations on a week-by-week basis during the academic year (month-by-month in summer). Advertisers must submit their printed banner to SORC staff before the deadline, and SORC drivers place banners on the steel poles.

Due to high demand for Diag banners, we accept applications and schedule appointments on a designated week each semester. Contact SORC staff for more information about this or you can get on the mailing list.

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Reservation Periods

Each organization can reserve as many as 3 banner spaces per reservation period, not to exceed 1 space per week, during the initial round of reservations.  After first-round appointments have been completed, organizations may reserve more spaces if they are available.

There are three reservation periods each year:

  • The Fall period goes from late August through early January
  • The Winter period goes from early January through late April
  • The Summer period goes from early May through late August

Tree Banners

Banners are not allowed in the trees on the Diag or anywhere on the University of Michigan grounds. It is dangerous to climb trees in order to hang a banner, not to mention harmful to the trees.

Diag Banner

Diag Banners: Terms of Contract

Terms of your Diag banner reservation contract

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) agrees to render services as stated on the contract; the Advertiser agrees to pay for services as stated on the contract and abide by the following terms.


Payment and Cancellation

Diag Banners: Retrieving Your Ad

Retrieving Your Diag Banner

Once SORC drivers have taken a banner down, it will be held at SORC for two weeks, during which you can pick it up. 

After two weeks, it becomes property of SORC and one of two things could happen:

Diag Banners: Request space

How you request Diag Banner Pole spaces depends entirely on when you visit this page.

If an application period is currently OPEN, you will find the applications here:

Diag Banners: Fallen/Damaged

Although SORC drivers make periodic checks, reporting vandalism is your organization's responsibility. Drivers will make unscheduled repairs if a Diag banner is not readable, has fallen down, has been vandalized, or presents a safety hazard. 

As soon as you see it, inform SORC staff; we will respond accordingly.

Diag Banners: Content

All basic content requirements established by SORC apply, most importantly:

  • The full name of the student organization or department must be visible on all Banners. Letters identifying this information must be at least 2" tall. Acronyms do not fulfill this requirement. 

  • Multiple student organizations or department names may be included, but at a minimum, the name of the organization that reserved the space must appear.