University Council Business: Summary of Progress

Submit a topic for consideration.

TermTopicSummary of Result
Fall 2017 Age Friendly University President Wilson recommended adoption of the initiative.
Spring 2017 Zipmail (e-newsletter for students) University Communications and Marketing made changes to Zipmail to make it work better on mobile devices.
Spring 2017 Redesign of an Updated Mobile Application Consultations will be held with Purchasing and the VP of Finance and Administration to determine feasibility of moving forward.
Spring 2017 Strategic Planning and Budgeting Process President Wilson recommended adoption and implementation of this process.
Fall 2016 Principal Investigator (PI) IDC Funds The PI - IDC carryover amounts were fully released to the Principal Investigators by December 23, 2016.
Spring 2016 Tobacco Free Policy
The University became a tobacco- and  nicotine-free campus on July 1, 2017.
Spring 2016 University Capital Request University Council endorsed the capitol request that was submitted to the Ohio Board of Regents.
Fall 2015 University Wellness Statement President Scarborough endorsed the statement as an overarching philosophy.
Fall 2015 Fee Remission for Part-time Staff Dependents
Rule 3359-26-02 was revised on August 16, 2016 to permit part-time staff members the ability to transfer their unused fee remission benefit for credit courses to part-time staff member's eligible dependent.
Spring 2015 E-Cigarettes The College of Health Professions has implemented a non-smoking policy (which includes e-cigarettes) for areas that are within the sole control of the college.  The college policy does not extend to common areas used by more than one department.
Spring 2015 Leave Bank Policy The University Council sent a recommendation to President Scarborough in support of creating a leave bank for non-bargaining unit employees.
Spring 2015 Smoking A communication is sent to the campus community at the beginning of each semester asking smokers to comply with Ohio's Smoke Free Workplace Law.  UA forbids smoking in any enclosed area, including buildings, parking decks and University Vehicles.  No smoking is permitted within 25 feet of an entranceway, window or ventilation system of any University building or enclosed area.
Fall 2014 UA Completion Plan The Completion Plan was endorsed by the Board of Trustees
Fall 2014 Prayer Room on Campus All student groups have an opportunity to request space at multiple locations across campus.
Spring 2014 Nursing Mother's Location The University currently has two room available for nursing mothers at the Recreation and Wellness Center and at the School of Law.  The Director of Campus Planning and Space Utilization will review Bierce Library and the Student Union to identify additional locations in the central part of campus.
Spring 2014 Folk Hall Repairs Vice President Ted Curtis and Assistant Vice President of Physical Facilities Joe Gregor addressed the concerns.
Spring 2014
Building Upkeep: Schrank Hall and Mary Gladwin Hall Vice President Ted Curtis and Assistant Vice President of Physical Facilities Joe Gregor addressed the concerns.
Spring 2014 Internet Connectivity: A question about internet access. Students, faculty, staff and those with UA credentials should only access the Rootown and UARH (residence hall) networks.  The UAguest network is intended for use by guests and information has been restricted to protect copyrighted and licensed material.
Spring 2013 Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC): A request to open the SRWC during home football games. The SRWC will be open on home football game days for the 2013 football season.
Spring 2013 Customized Text Books: A request to investigate if customized textbooks are necessary because of the high cost to  students. Standard textbooks are less expensive than a custom version; standard textbooks can be resold but custom cannot.  The deans have been asked to share these findings with their faculty to see if they might consider other options.
Fall 2012
Student Family Housing and Day Care: A proposal to request family housing and day care services on campus for students with children The Student Engagement and Success Committee provided the following information: UA does not offer family housing on campus due to cost and liability issues.  UA relies on providers near campus to provide family housing (i.e., Fir Hill Towers, Ellis Properties and Summit County Job and Family Services).  UA's Child Development Center provides day care options.
Fall 2012 Fee Remission for Part-Time Staff Dependents:  A request to offer fee remission to dependents of part-time staff The Budget and Finance Committee and the Talent Development and Human Resources Committee jointly determined that in the current financial situation, they could not recommend that the existing benefits package be expanded to include dependents of part-time staff. 
Fall 2012 Environmental Sustainability: An idea to put solar panels and wind turbines on campus to save money and reduce student fees UA's Board of Trustees approved a proposal to install solar panels on the roof of the Louis & Freda Stile Athletics Field House.  It is conservatively estimated that this project will save UA at least $1 million over the next 20 years.  While student fees will not be reduced, future risk of escalating fees have been directly mitigated because of this project.  A study done by the VP of Capital Planning concluded that generating energy through the use of wind turbines was too costly and physically obtrusive. 
Fall 2012 University Administration Hiring: A request to study the impact of reducing the number of administrators The Talent Development and Human Resources Committee looked at UA Staffing from 1997-present and created a report that includes the following components:  historical comparison, context for growth, and comparison with national and Ohio peers.
Fall 2012 Faculty/Staff Hiring: A request to hold discussions related to faculty, contract professional and staff hiring The Talent Development and Human Resources Committee looked at UA Staffing from 1997-present and created a report that includes the following components:  historical comparison, context for growth, and comparison with national and Ohio peers.
Spring 2012 Recognition of Service on University Council: A request to document and recognize service as a Talent Development initiative UC Steering Committee sent annual recognition letters to UC members; this will be done on an annual basis.
Spring 2012 Budget Information Request: A request for budget allocations and expenditures for each campus unit for the last ten (10) years University leaders held three campus forums to present a comprehensive budget analysis of the last ten years, including plans for the FY13 budget. 
Spring 2012 Interdisciplinary Symposium: A proposal to hold an annual symposium each fall to promote interdisciplinary discourse and scholarship on campus The Budget and Finance Committee recommended that the University members interested in this activity seek funding from external sources (i.e., corporate sponsors, The University of Akron Research Foundation, The National Science Foundation and other agencies).
Summer 2012 Part-time Employees: A proposal to consider providing health-care benefits to part-time (non-teaching) employees The Talent Development and Human Resources Standing Committee provided the following information: UA employs 159 part-time regular (non-teaching) employees and 239 temporary part-time employees. When part-time employees are hired, it is made clear that the position is part-time and there is no indication that it will become full-time in the future. Health insurance is offered to part-time employees that work at least half time; 100% of the cost is paid by the employee.

Note: University Council convened its initial organizational meeting on November 22, 2011