Students and staff alike recognize the various residence hall student councils as program and policy development bodies for their specific areas. The student government structure in the freshman living area is integrated into the broader freshman housing program. Emphasis is on heavy student involvement in the governing processes.
A residence halls activities fee is included on your term bill and goes to fund the residential student governments. The elected members of these bodies work with the area staff to designate the expenditure of these funds within University and community standards.
Among the facilities and services created, purchased, or operated by the various governments are athletic equipment, music practice rooms, TV lounges, and study centers. The councils have also funded film series, coffeehouses, and numerous social programs.