Posting Policy


In order to meet the information dissemination and posting needs of the Cooper Union community, the Posting Policy has been updated.  The new policy is listed below.  The Foundation Building is an official national and city landmark. The City's Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Department of Buildings have rules and regulations regarding posting materials and/or hanging signage and banners.  Landmarks, in particular, has regulations for postings on the exterior of the building that are strictly enforced and require staff review.  The Department of Building's regulations and permits relate to size and placement that might cause unsafe or blocked sight lines for people inside the building.  The policies of both agencies can be accessed on Regulations also cover any alteration to the facade of the Foundation Building and prohibit invading the exterior building stone when mounting materials.

Posting Policy


Posters, fliers and other communications may be posted only in the following Community Posting Spaces:

Foundation Building:

  • One designated kiosk in the 1st floor lobby
  • Designated area of pinup board at end of 3rd floor hallway
  • Pinup boards in the hallways of the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors
  • Pinup board next to student mailboxes on 2nd floor
  • Pinup board in the 4th floor lobby

41 Cooper Square:

  • Framed cloth covered bulletin boards next to express elevators on each floor
  • Above trash & recycling areas on each floor
  • Framed cloth covered bulletin boards throughout the building unless a label at the top of the board indicates that it is used for a particular academic department or administrative office.
  • The kiosk in the 41 Cooper Square lobby, and two of the kiosks in the Foundation Building lobby, are reserved for promoting official events organized or sponsored by the institution.

With the exception of special posting needs as deemed necessary by official school offices, nothing may be posted in areas not in compliance with this policy such as on walls without pinup boards, or on structural columns, windows, doors, floors, ceilings, elevators, and furniture.


Posters and fliers must not violate any other institutional policies, such as the Cooper Union Non Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policies.

In accordance with the Federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, posters and fliers may not endorse the consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs.


Things posted in Community Posting Spaces may be up for a maximum of 14 days or until the advertised event has ended - whichever occurs first.  Once a posting has expired, the person who posted it should remove it.


Items should be posted using thumbtacks, pushpins, staples, scotch tape, masking tape, or other light-duty tape.  Glues, heavy-duty adhesive tapes, nails and other methods may not be used. 


Displays outside of the classroom for class critique must be approved in advance by the appropriate school's main office.

Approval of the Dean of the School, as well as the necessary city permits, is required to display anything outside of the building.

Other artwork installations must be approved in advance through official exhibition planning, or Temporary Installation request procedures.


Postings which are in obvious violation of any of these rules are subject to immediate removal by any member of the Cooper Union faculty, staff, or administration. 

Any member of the Cooper Union community may report what they feel may be an inappropriate posting to a Dean or Associate Dean of the school.  Likewise, anyone who feels that their posting was unjustly removed by the school may appeal to their Dean or Associate Dean.

Updated from the 2010 posting policy:

"The tall kiosk in the lobby of the Foundation Building (by the round elevator) can be used to advertise only major lectures and events sponsored by The Cooper Union.  Advertisements for all other events must be posted on approved bulletin boards designated by the academic and administrative units. Except in extraordinary circumstances, posters and flyers must be no larger than 11 ½ by 17 inches or they will be removed. Posters and flyers may not remain posted for more than two weeks. If you have any questions, please consult with your respective dean's office.  Flyers or advertisements posted in areas other than approved areas will be removed."

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.