Meeting Agendas

Student Life


December 5, 2017 Agenda

  1. Resolution regarding DACA students affected by potential changes in federal policy. This was the resolution that was proposed at the October meeting. It did not generate much discussion by email. –Kevin Harwell
  2. Time Management report progress. Working group meeting on November 29, 2017
  3. New Policy AD-2A Supplemental Policy for Speeches, Rallies, and Demonstrations.This is a newly created policy which the university administration rolled out, recently.
  4. Three or more mid-terms in one day. Item #4 from the committee charge. I’m working toward moving this forward. – Kevin Harwell

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October 17, 2017 Agenda

    1. Call to Order – Kevin Harwell
    2. Major projects
      1. Student Life Committee Report on Rush: passed at Senate Council on October 3rd and is on this afternoon’s Senate agenda.
      2. Status report: Report on dangerous drinking on college campuses.
      3. Status report (Harwell) Time Management report
      4. Status report: Report re: students who have three or more midterm exams in a single day.
    3. New Business
    4. Adjournment

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September 12, 2017 Agenda

        1. Call to Order – Kevin Harwell
        2. Welcome and Introductions
        3. Recruit members to work on major projects
          1. Consider drafting an advisory/consultative report recommending that the administration delay rush for a sorority or fraternity until students achieve sophomore standing.
          2. Draft an informational report outlining the nation-wide epidemic of dangerous drinking on college campuses. Consulting with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and other nation-wide academic organizations, provide recommendations for how colleges and universities can work together to combat drug use and dangerous drinking.
          3. In collaboration with the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, draft an informational “Time Management” report that could form the basis of an online guide to time management for undergraduate students. The report would mirror similar time-management materials provided to students involved in intercollegiate athletics.
          4. Jointly with Undergraduate Education, draft an informational report on best practices for aiding students who have three or more midterm exams in a single day. Consider making this a student-led report.
        4. Ideas for Invited Guests
        5. New Business
        6. Adjournment

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April 25, 2017 Agenda

          1. Call to Order
          2. “Opening Acts”: Today’s Act (Penn State Thespians)
          3. Discussion Items for today’s meeting:
            1. Updates on the Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task force
            2. Time Management Survey with Intercollegiate Athletics- Updates
            3. Selection of John White Graduate Fellowship Awards
          4. New Business
            1. New Student Leadership for the upcoming Academic Year – Overview of their Goals
            2. Committee Feedback and Discussion
            3. Recommendations for the Upcoming Academic Year
          5. Closing Comments
          6. Adjournment

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March 14, 2017 Agenda

          1. Call to Order
          2. “Opening Acts”: Today’s Act (Lion’s Pantry) and Final Meeting
          3. Discussion Items for today’s meeting:
            1. Conversation/Updates on the Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task force
            2. CAPS Funding passed by the University Park Student Fee Board
            3. Time Management Survey with Intercollegiate Athletics- Updates
          4. New Business
            1. John White Graduate Fellowship Awards
          5. Closing Comments
          6. Adjournment

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January 24, 2017 Agenda

          1. Call to Order
          2. “Opening Acts”: Today’s Act, March’s Meeting, and the Final Meeting
          3. Discussion Items for today’s meeting:
            1. Conversation on the Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task force
            2. CAPS Funding
          4. Remainder of the Semester:
            1. Time management survey with Intercollegiate Athletics
          5. New Business
          6. Closing Comments
          7. Adjournment

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December 6, 2016 Agenda

      1. Call to Order
      2. “Opening Acts”: Today’s Act and January’s Act
      3. Discussion Items for today’s meeting:
        1. UPUA Support for International Student Council Representation
        2. UPUA Support for ROTC Priority Scheduling
        3. Mental Health Fall Break
        4. Student Life CAPS Report
      4. Looking ahead to Spring Semester:
        1. Time management survey with Intercollegiate Athletics
      5. New Business:
        1. UPUA Support for International Student Council Representation
        2. Smoke Free Update
        3. Diversity and Inclusion Topics by the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments
      6. Closing Comments
      7. Adjournment
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        October 18, 2016 Agenda

          1. Call to Order
          2. “Opening Acts”: Today’s Act and future Acts
          3. Discussion Items for today’s meeting:
            1. Smoking Policy Resolution
            2. Mental health statement for syllabi
            3. Sponsor UPUA and CCSG Presidents to present their goals, make contact and arrangements
          4. Looking ahead to Spring Semester:
            1. Assessing CAPS and mental health services
            2. Examine desirability of drawing a two-day student break in October from Thanksgiving
            3. Time management survey with Intercollegiate Athletics
          5. New Business: Other issues that you would like to see addressed this year?
          6. Adjournment

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        September 6, 2016 Agenda

              1. Call to Order -Mary Miles and Alex Shockley
              2. Welcome and Introductions
              3. “Opening Acts” -Brainstorm ideas and making contact
              4. Recruit members to work on major projects
                1. Smoking Policy Forensic Report (October)
                2. “What we do” committee informational report (October)
                3. Mental health statement for syllabi, examples attached (October)
                4. Sponsor UPUA and CCSG Presidents to present their goals, makecontact and arrangements (October)
                  1. Smoking Policy Forensic Report (October)
                  2. “What we do” committee informational report (October)
                  3. Mental health statement for syllabi, examples attached(October)
                  4. Sponsor UPUA and CCSG Presidents to present their goals,make contact and arrangements (October)
              5. Question: Should student activity fees be collapsed into a singlefee?
              6. Looking Ahead to Spring Semester
                1. Assessing CAPS and mental health services
                2. Examine desirability of drawing a two-day student break in October from Thanksgiving
                3. Time management survey with Intercollegiate Athletics
              7. Ideas for Invited Guests
              8. New Business
                • Issues that you would like to see addressed this coming year?
              9. Adjournment

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        April 19, 2016 Agenda

        Opening words and Introductions
        Approval of Minutes from last Student Life Committee meeting.
        Items for This Meeting
        1. Student Life Committee members to sub committees

        • A1 Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Task Force – Mark Brennan
          -Plans for Fall 2016-2017 report
        • A2 LGBTQ Resources for Students at Penn State- Azita Ranjbar
          -Plans for Fall 2016-2017 report
        • A3 Mental Health resources and accessibility for PSU students- José A. Guerrero, Samantha Geisinger
          -Plans for Fall 2016-2017 report
        • A6 Drugs and Alcohol issues- Kevin Harwell
          -Plans for Fall 2016-2017 report

        Suggestions for Initiatives for Student Life Committee in 2016-2017

        • Compile priority and secondary topics

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        January 26, 2016 Agenda

        -Opening words and Introductions

        -Approval of Minutes from last Student Life Committee meeting.

                1. Student Life Committee members to sub committees

        A1  Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Task Force – Mark Brennan

        -March

        A2 LGBTQ Resources for Students at Penn State- Azita Ranjbar

        -March

        A3 Mental Health resources and accessibility for PSU students- José A. Guerrero,  Samantha Geisinger

        -March

        A6 Drugs and Alcohol issues- Kevin Harwell

        -February

                1. Relevant topics, concerns, and updates.
                1. Updates from other Student related activities
                  1. Sorority and Fraternity Life Task Force – Mark
                1. Rob Loeb. Collaborations with the LGBTQ Committee
                1. Suggestions for Initiatives for Student Life Committee in 2016-2017

        Document number of grad and undergrad students on committee

         4.New or additional Business

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        December 8, 2015 Agenda

                1. Opening words and Introductions
                2. Approval of minutes from last Student Life Committee meeting
                3. Student Life Committee members to subcommittees
                • A1 Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Task Force – Mark Brennan
                • A2 LGBTQ Resources for Students at Penn State- Azita Ranjbar
                • A3 Mental Health resources and accessibility for PSU students- José A. Guerrero, Samantha Geisinger
                • A6 Drugs and Alcohol issues- Kevin Harwell
                1. Relevant topics, concerns, and updates
                  1. Graduate Student Issues.
                2. Suggestions for Initiatives for Student Life Committee in 2016-2017
                3. New or additional Business

        October 27, 2015 Agenda

                1. Opening words and Introductions
                2. Approval of minutes from last Student Life Committee meeting
                3. Summary of Each Sub- Committee’s activities and due dates:
                • A1 Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Task Force – Mark Brennan
                • A2 LGBTQ Resources for Students at Penn State- Azita Ranjbar
                • A3 Mental Health resources and accessibility for PSU students- José A. Guerrero, Samantha Geisinger
                • A6 Drugs and Alcohol issues- Kevin Harwell
                1. Review & Approval Sought for the First Year Students’ Well-being and Safety Joint Special Committee Questions to Senate- José
                2. Other
                3. Next Scheduled Meeting

        September 15, 2015 Agenda

            1. Welcome and Introductions
            2. Approval of Minutes of April 28, 2015 IRC committee meeting.
            3. Priority Items for 2015-2016 and Creation of Subcommittees
              1. Follow-up and advisory/consultative report on Report from Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Task Force, with focus on sexual and gender based violence
              2. Follow-up on the 2012 LGBTQ Resources for Students at Penn State report
              3. Jointly with the Committee on Undergraduate Education, Prepare an Informational Report
              4. Deliberate on instructor obligations pertaining to letters from Counseling and Psychological Services
              5. Provide feedback on the Committee on Outreach on the uses of online technology and other technologies for delivering General Education
              6. Sponsor an Informational Report, prepared by the Office of Student Affairs, on topics such as Drugs and Alcohol.
              7. Coordinate with the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics on Informational Report on Student-Athlete Free time away from Athletics
            1. Discussion of other items that committee members are interested in taking on this year.
            2. Old Business
            3. New Business
            4. Adjournment