Campus Affairs Committee
2010-2011 Activity Report
The CA committee appointed a new chair (Pilhuj).
The CA committee this year reviewed its responsibilities as per the committee’s charter and devoted two meetings to exploring possible issues in regards to campus practices to report to the appropriate people.
Concerns discussed during the first meeting in the Fall semester:
Any plans for the empty housing closest to alumni center.
How much campus parking is allocated to students; how much to faculty/staff
Painting directional arrows in the lanes that converge outside the canteen/Jenkins Hall; additional lighting (on the Ave. of Remembrance by the library, by housing on the outer edges of campus near the river, by Quarters One); make intersection by Bond, Capers Hall, main guard shack into four-way stop; enforce traffic laws for golf carts; post and enforce speed limits (especially Wednesday nights) on back road behind barracks that also passes WLI Field and Boathouse.
Provide online a calendar of all campus events, both school and non-school related; provide a list of times when additional gates (like the Summerall Gate) will be open to traffic; remind and enforce parking rules in front of barracks; supply more recycling bins in classroom buildings.
Plans made and projects discussed at Spring meeting:
Reports on Campus Housing Policy (as discussed by Pilhuj, from former committee member Livingstone)
1. Administration is not following it’s own guidelines for housing assignment, often direct assigning many units. Present committee noted that there seems to be a change in this, as just that day 3 new units were advertised on that same day, in addition to at least three others advertised over the past semester.
2. Previous committee report also noted the decline in housing given to faculty (only 39.2% as of the fall 2009 report). This practice goes against the stated policy of awarding units to those who, like faculty, have “an operational requirement to reside on campus.” Present committee would like Yeatts to reaffirm the university’s commitment to provinding faculty with housing in order to compensate for lack of other resources available to those professors (2009 report noted that housing was most often given (in fiscal year 07) to non-faculty members, including those making over $120,000 a year in base salary). The possibility of campus housing can be and has been a powerful recruiting tool for highly qualified faculty who may otherwise accept higher-paying jobs elsewhere. The university needs to ensure that departments can follow through on these promises to new junior faculty.
3. The university’s “Master Plan Charrette Report” calls for the razing of all junior-level housing units and the eventual privitization of all campus housing. The administration’s continued interest in this plan was again expressed by Dewey Yeatts at a late fall 2010 campus residents’ meeting. While the committee noted that the possibility of this action remainsquite probably in the distant future, KP and other interested on-campus faculty would like to take advantage of that time to emphasize to the administration why privitization would ultimately be detrimental to the college. KP will try to get the recent survey results on campus housing that the administration appears to want to use in order to justify this plan.
4. Previous committee also wanted to get all on-campus residents on a “maintenance plan” wherein workers would periodically check in on the housing units to see if repairs were needed to any interior structures or fixtures. Such a plan would ultimately save on the often major renovation costs needed when residents move out, as minor repairs would prevent the need for major ones in the future, which often drain the housing budget. Committee will present this suggestion to Yeatts, with the plan perhaps that new residents would have to agree to the plan, while current ones could opt in.
Committee determined that most important issue for this semester was parking, especially in light of the recent parking restrictions enacted in the Hampton Parkneighborhood.Finding parking has become increasingly difficult as well due to an increase in day students. Committee will try to find out if and when parking garage will be built.In lieu of the garage, Fernald volunteered to find out procedure and placement of current parking assignments to see if committee could make suggestions for improvement in parking, in particular for faculty (whose duties require longer stays on campus, bringing heavy books and supplies to campus, etc.)