Study Space Prioritization

Number: 
US12/13-08
Date of Notice: 
Wed, 11/07/2012
Legislation, Resolution, or Policy Adoption: 
Legislation
Current Status: 
Approved on 12/5/2012
Motion: 

Summary

This resolution expresses University Senate support for the prioritization of increased study space for the growing student population.

Section I

1.1 WHEREAS, the University of Oregon is an institution of higher education and has a “commitment to undergraduate education, with a goal of helping the individual learn to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.”; and

1.2 WHEREAS, the average credit hours in which students are enrolled are 15 credits per term. According to University of Oregon policies, one credit hour translates into approximately two hours of work outside of class and this expected time may come in the form of readings, studying, assignments, projects, etc.; and

1.3 WHEREAS, the average student is expected to spend approximately 30 hours each week outside of class on work directly pertaining to their academic course work; and

1.4 WHEREAS, the Knight Library is often regarded as an overcrowded and highly utilized study space and is the only study space consistently open after midnight; and

1.5 WHEREAS, the hours of the other libraries are as follows:

The AAA Library closes at 11:00pm Sunday-Thursday and at 6:00pm Friday-Saturday;

The Law Library closes at midnight Sunday-Thursday and at 9:00pm Friday- Saturday. (Additionally, from Week 8 until the end of the academic term, the Law Library has begun closing at 9:00pm for non JD, CRES, or LLM students);

The Math Library closes at 8:00pm Mondays and Wednesday, 6:00pm Tuesday Thursday, and 5:00pm Sunday Friday;

The Science Library closes at 11:00pm Sunday-Thursday and at 8:00pm Friday- Saturday. (Additionally, the Science Library will be open until 1:00 am during Dead Week and Finals Week.); and

1.6 WHEREAS, a safe, accessible place to study is critical to academic success; and

1.7 WHEREAS, the EMU Extended Hours Project has been largely successful in providing an alternative space for students to study; and

1.8 WHEREAS, capital construction projects are projected to cost $300 million.;

Section II

2.1 Be it hereby moved that, the University Senate in conjunction with the ASUO urges University Administration to prioritize the increase of available study space; and

2.2 Be it further moved that, the University Senate in conjunction with the ASUO request that the university administration “converts” the EMU Extended Hours Project into a permanent program on campus until an equivalent remedy for lack of study space is implemented and that administration reports on this matter at the Senate meeting on January 16, 2013; and

2.3 Be it further moved that, university administration works with students, faculty, and staff through a task force formed by the University Senate in order to determine the most appropriate pre-existing spaces to be utilized as additional study space, and that the findings of the task force be presented no later than the University Senate meeting on January 16, 2013.

DATE OF EFFECTIVENESS: Please see the timeline specified under Section II, Items 2.2 & 2.3.

Financial Impact: 
The formation of the Senate task force is cost neutral. The findings of the task force may involve costs that will be presented at the meetings specified within the timeline set out above under Section II, Item 2.3. The costs incurred by the EMU Extended Hours Project for one week of operation amounts to $2,712.
Sponsor: 

Harlan Mechling, ASUO Academic Affairs Director

Legislative History: 

Please see Section I in the body of the resolution.