April 26, 2010
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Committee on University Student Life
SL.10.02 2009-10 Annual Report
The following report summarizes the activities of the Senate Committee on University Student Life (USL) during the 2009-2010 academic year. The Committee met six times: October 15, November 19, December 10, February 24, March 16, and April 12. One of USL’s primary functions is to serve as a liaison between Senate 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, Vice-Chancellor Renee Romano brought information to USL on new programs and student affairs issues. USL Co-Vice Chairs Yusif Al-Rawi and Leslie Cornell reported on activities of the Student Senate. Assistant Provost Domonic Cobb kept the committee informed on activities in the Provost’s office of interest to the committee.
A number of topics have been explored and addressed during the year including:
- Dr. Robert Palinkas described the campus preparations and health strategy for the H1N1 flu pandemic, as well as the campus status as of Oct. 15, 2009.
- Esther Patt, Coordinator of the Tenant Union addressed the committee on general issues that impact students living off-campus. Theses challenges include negotiation of leases, the early date of re-signing leases, “fall only” leases, as well as generally educating students regarding their rights with regard to rental housing. Ms. Pratt also mentioned MTD bus service as a critical limitation to where students can live off campus. She empathized the importance of student participation in the US Census this year, pointing out the nearly every issue related to student life would be positively impacted by a complete student count in our community.
- SL.10.01, Resolution on the Participation of University of Illinois Students, Faculty, and Staff in the 2010 Census of the United State of America
- Lt. Skip Frost of the University Police Department, briefed the committee on the “Unofficial” event held March 5. He characterized this event as evolving from a bar event to a private party event, in which participants from outside the campus have a major impact.
- Brad Bridges from the University Bookstore met with the committee to describe textbook issues and approaches for keeping prices down.
Other potential issues that were not addressed this year but were considered important include the experiences of international students and the impact of MTD bus routes on students.
In general, 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 as well as other changes to the University.
COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY STUDENT LIFE
Kent Choquette, Chair
Amy L. MacNeill
Kenneth T. Ballom, Ex officio
Domonic Cobb, Ex officio
Rae-Anne Montague, Ex officio
Renee Romano, Ex officio
Bradley Tran, Ex officio