April 24, 2006
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Committee on University Student Life
SL.06.01 2005-06 Annual Report
The following report summarizes the activities of the Senate Committee on University Student Life (USL) during the 2005-2006 academic year. The Committee met five times to date (September 28, October 26, February 7, March 7 and April 4) and has one additional meeting scheduled on May 2. One of USL’s primary functions is to serve as a liaison between students and the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs. Another is to raise, discuss, and act on issues of particular concern to student life.
Throughout the year, Interim Vice-Chancellor Riley brought information to USL on new programs and student affairs issues, among them, the Student Affairs Annual Report, the plan for the Champaign Residence Halls, the campus strategic plan, the student code, student fees, and enrollment numbers and trends.
A number of issues have been raised and addressed during the year through invited presentations, site visits, and discussion. USL discussion has provided some useful suggestions and has resulted in ideas for action. The main items USL focused on this year were the following:
Housing Options for Freshmen
University Housing Projects
Campus Recreation Center use patterns
“Unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day
McKinley Health Center
Campus Safety – Pedestrians and Crosswalks
Changes in Freshman Orientation – University 101
Celebratory Violence Associated with Athletic Success
Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE) Completion
USL urges that student input be solicited through as many Senate committees as possible. The Committee especially urges that USL be included in all Senate deliberations in which university student life is or may be affected. This will be particularly important as campus leaders consider allocation of future budgets.
COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY STUDENT LIFE
William Simmons, Chair
Ruth McCauley, ex officio
Bill Riley, ex officio
Ryan Ruzic, ex officio