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Moore College Student Governance

This initial student governance model will be in place for 2014-2015 at Moore colleges. In mid spring 2015, Moore College will hold a referendum on the governance model to be used the following year, 2015-2016. The initial model is intended to give structure to student life in year one, but without introducing top-heavy resistance to student-driven change. This model is informed by the four town hall meetings in spring 2014.

The initial governance structure will be finalized in September of 2014. The tentative structure is:

  • In year one, each hall (of each college) will be represented by 3 students, one per class (SO, JR, SR).
  • For each hall, the three representative students (a SO, a JR, a SR) will be selected by the FD and AC from (a) those nominated by at least one other student in Moore College; and (b) those nominated who submit an application for the position. Students making a nomination will provide a statement of between 100- 300 words that speaks to the qualifications of the student being nominated.
  • Each group of 3 hall reps will be convened and moderated regularly by the hall’s GF and HR, though the GF and HR will not be voting members.
  • For college-level governance, each hall will send three representatives to participate in a college level consultative body that also includes the 2 GFs and 2 HRs (10 total). The 10-person consultative body meets with the FD at least once monthly.

The mission of the Rice Council (of 3 students) and the Smith Council (of 3 students), is to collect and represent the sentiments of their respective halls regarding (a) goals for and ideas about hall and college programming; (b) recommendations for assessing the quality of Moore College programming; and (c) recommending guidelines for use of hall resources (e.g., policies regarding kitchen and study areas, mechanisms for vetting and funding student proposals for programs).

The mission of the Moore College Executive Board (2 graduate fellows, 2 head residents, and 6 representative students) is to merge and elaborate the recommendations of the two councils on programming, policy, and assessment, to decide on some of these matters; and to make recommendations on others to the faculty director, the area coordinator, and their supervisors.