There are 9 Banner Pole loations on the Diag, which are avaiable on a week-to-week basis. Student organizations and university departments can rent Diag Banner Poles to advertise for their events; they are not available to unaffiliated businesses or individuals. During "Lottery Week," advertisers complete a contract with SORC for up to four weeks per semester. SORC drivers place all banners; group members may not place banners themselves.

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

Due to high demand for Diag banners, a lottery is conducted each semester. Contact SORC staff for more information about the lottery or you can get on the mailing list.

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Reservation Periods

Each organization can reserve as many as 4 banner spaces per reservation period, not to exceed 1 space per week. There are three reservation periods each year:

  • The Fall period goes from mid-September through mid-January
  • The Winter period goes from mid-January through early May
  • The Spring-Summer period goes from early May through mid-September

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: Deadlines & Placement

Diag banners are due at SORC by 3:00PM on Monday (the day they're scheduled to go up). During the academic year, you can submit banners as late as 5:00PM Thursday, but a $10.00 late fee applies for each item. This late placement option is not available between May 1 and August 31.