Residence Hall Councils

The Hall Council applications for Fall 2014 are available here!

 

What is a Hall Council?

Hall Council is a group of students who are elected by members of the residence halls to represent the community by:

  • keeping the residents informed of residence hall, campus, and student senate activities and issues;
  • seeking information from residents to relay to hall council and Student Senate;
  • coordinating the planning and implementation of educational, social, cultural and recreational activities within the residence hall;
  • legislating, with the guidance of the Area Coordinator, individual residence hall policies regarding noise control, damage, and other mutual concerns;
  • assisting the Area Coordinator in matters pertaining to the physical condition of the hall;
  • encouraging concern for the quality of life and community development in the residence hall.

Hall Councils will be in all of our residence halls in 2014-2015. Each Hall Council is advised by an Area Coordinator or a Community Coordinator. Each Hall Council will have a budget with which to work in order to provide events and activities in the halls, purchase supplies and equipment and to use for general hall improvements. (*Note: North, Sorensen and Gibbs Halls comprise the Complex, which will have one Hall Council. Arbor View/Chapel View/College View will be combined into one Hall Council).

Each Hall Council has five executive positions elected by the residence hall during fall elections. In addition, each council has floor/section representatives that are selected/elected by individual floors/sections. The executive positions are President, Vice President, Council Recorder, Treasurer, and Senator.

Elections will be held in mid-September. Please see the entire fall timeline HERE.

 

Hall Council Offices and Position Descriptions

President

Hall Council

  • is open to learning leadership skills through the position
  • schedules, plans and conducts Hall Council meetings
  • establishes agenda with input of the council, hall and advisor
  • maintains a thorough knowledge of Hall Council constitution (if applicable), policies and procedures
  • insures all council events and decisions are within college policies

Residence Hall

  • facilitates communication among the executive board, the council, hall and advisor
  • motivates participation in the organization and its events
  • promotes involvement of residents in community living through structure of committees and planned activities
  • works cooperatively with the residence hall staff
  • meets with the advisor weekly

Campus Community

  • serves as the spokesperson for the Hall Council
  • serves as a member of and represents the hall at the retreats and regular meetings of the campus-wide InterHall Council (the 13 Hall Council Presidents comprise the InterHall Council)

Vice President

Hall Council

  • is open to learning leadership skills through the position
  • assumes the responsibilities of the President in his/her absence
  • serves as the Hall Council parliamentarian
  • organize discussions and sub-committees

Residence Hall

  • Assists with communication between residents and the council regarding issues and concerns in the hall.

Council Recorder/Secretary

Hall Council

  • is open to learning leadership skills through the position
  • distributes agendas to all council members
  • promptly issues minutes after each meeting
  • records and keeps a permanent file of minutes for all meetings (submitted at the end of each year)
  • keeps attendance records

Residence Hall

  • keeps the hall informed of weekly meetings of hall council
  • Assists with communication of Hall Council activities to residents

Campus Community

  • coordinates communication of activities within the residence hall and across campus (when appropriate)
  • notifies Student Activities of large hall activities for inclusion in campus calendar of events

Treasurer

Hall Council

  • is open to learning leadership skills through the position
  • disburses funds for expenditures approved by the Hall Council
  • keeps financial records for the Council (following Residential Life guidelines and procedures)
  • prepares budget for Hall Council approval
  • submits weekly financial reports to Hall Council
  • insures that all disbursements adhere to council, college, state and federal guidelines
  • meets monthly with the Assistant Director of Residential Life

Hall Senator (*position only available via Student Senate elections)

Hall Council

  • is open to learning leadership skills through the position
  • reports to the Hall Council all Student Senate activities relating to hall and campus
  • seeks concerns of the hall to relay to Student Senate and represents the hall’s views on issues

Residence Hall

  • communicates Student Senate activities to hall (via bulletin board, email, etc)
  • seeks information from residents about Senate issues
  • surveys
  • tabling and/or door-to-door visits
  • attending floor/section community meetings

Student Senate

  • obligations TBD by Senate

Floor/Section Representative

Hall Council

  • is open to learning leadership skills through the position
  • reports floor/section activities and concerns relating to hall and campus
  • seeks concerns to relay to floor/section
  • attends Hall Council retreats and training programs
  • serves on Hall Council committees as necessary

Residence Hall

  • serves as communication link
  • assesses/surveys the needs of floor/section members
  • seeks ideas/concerns
  • communicates with constituents on Hall Council issues
  • door-to-door visits
  • bulletin board in section/on floor
  • regular email contact with floor/section
  • knows floor/section members

Election Timeline for Fall 2014

By Friday, August 29                Hall Council Applications available on Residential Life website

Sunday, September 7               Hall Council Information Meetings in each Residence Hall

Wednesday, September 10        Online applications submitted by 12:00 p.m. (noon)

September 10 - 16                    Hall Council Candidate Campaigning (Campaigning follows the guidlines used by Student Senate. For more information please go here and read Article IV of the Student Senate Bylaws.)

Tue. Sept 16 & Wed. Sept 17   Elections for all Executive positions are held online

Thursday, September 18           Hall Council Election results are posted

Friday, September 19             Selection of floor/section representatives completed by CF

Sunday, September 21           First Interhall Council (Presidents Only) and Hall Council Meeting (In Your Hall)

Wednesday, September 24     All-Campus Hall Council Training 6:30-9:00 p.m.