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Residence Hall Council Overview

Hall Council allows students to become actively involved in addressing issues, as well as planning events at the hall level. Involvement in Hall Council also provides great opportunities for developing leadership skills.

Hall Council is an opportunity to join a community of leaders and influence where you are living. Help to make the SPU residential community feel welcoming to approximately 1,300 residents across five residence halls! The hall council in each residence hall is made up of students elected by their peers to provide effective leadership within the hall.

Hall councils provide leadership in the halls by

  • working with other hall student leaders (RAs and SMCs) and professional staff to identify and respond to the specific needs of students;
  • interacting with their peers to promote a living and learning environment that supports healthy community;
  • planning hall and campus wide programs and activities that emphasize spiritual, intellectual, and social growth;
  • displaying and modeling the attributes of a healthy and balanced lifestyle in accordance with University expectations; and
  • practicing good stewardship in the allocation and management of residence hall resources with which they are entrusted.

Hall Council Positions:

Each residence hall council elects the following positions:

  • President : The hall president is the chief executive of the Hall Council with ultimate responsibility for its duties and actions. The president will preside over all Hall Council meetings, special sessions and meetings of the executive officers and will administer Hall Council in an official capacity.
  • Vice-President of Finance & Administration: The hall vice-president of finance and administration shares with the president in the leadership of the hall council and is in charge of the hall’s finances. The vice-president for finance and administration is responsible for representing the needs and concerns of the hall to the Residence Hall Coordinating Committee and to the Office of Residence Life.
  • Residential Advocacy Director/Senator: The hall residential advocacy director/senator (hereafter RAD/Senator) shall fulfill the duties of an ASSP senator per the ASSP constitution and will report the activities of the ASSP Senate to the Hall Council. The RAD/Senator shall be responsible for representing the needs and concerns of the hall to, the ORL, ASSP and the broader SPU community.
  • Public Relations Director : The hall public relations director shall advertise and inform residents, and the general SPU public, of upcoming Hall and campus events.
  • Social Justice Director/Intercultural Coordinator: The social justice director/intercultural coordinator (hereafter SJD/IC) shall initiate, facilitate, and coordinate diversity and social justice efforts within the hall and will serve as a resource for residents and Hall Council, providing connections, support, and diversity resources in conjunction with Residence Life and ASSP. The SJD/IC shall be responsible for creating a collaborative relationship between the Hall Councils and ASSP on the topic of diversity, generating awareness about inclusive programming and leadership on campus, providing educational opportunities for students to engage in the University’s diversity initiative, and bringing a multicultural perspective to residence hall programming that celebrates all members of the SPU community.
  • Events and Programming Director: The events and programming director plans and coordinates events for the Hall. While they are not responsible for planning all events sponsored by Hall Council, this person is intended to be a resource for the whole council and for residents on the event planning and implementation process. They will also organize the Hall calendar and ensure that Hall programming and events meet the needs of all residents.

Learn more
Attend an information meeting on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Each Hall Council will be hosting informational meetings about the election process. Ask your local hall council member for the time and location!

Hall Council Election Application:

2016-2017 Hall Council Election Application

Minimum Requirements to run for Hall Council:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5*
  • Full-time student status
  • Supportive of SPU’s Christian faith (Hall Council members are not required to have a Christian faith statement, but must be supportive of the commitment to the Christian community being developed at SPU)
  • Exemplify commitment to SPU Lifestyle Expectations*
  • Request a reference from your current RA and SMC

Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Monday, April 11. A portion of these responses will be available for public view.

By submitting your application, you are giving Residence Life the permission to check your GPA and disciplinary record in order to assess your eligibility as a candidate.*

Election Timeline:

Tuesday, March 29: Applications available online.

Tuesday, April 5: Information sessions hosted by each Hall Council. See your local hall council for time and location.

Monday, April 11 : Applications due by 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13 – Candidates will receive an e-mail by 5:00 pm confirming that they have been cleared to campaign.

Thursday, April 14 – Candidates can start campaigning in their residence halls after 12:00 pm. Please refer to your halls campaign guidelines.

Tuesday, April 26 – Candidates open forum – time set by each hall council.

Wednesday, April 27 – Elections held via Banner.

Hall Council Dates for Spring 2016 and Fall 2016:

Please note that students elected to Hall Council will be required to attend trainings throughout Spring Quarter 2016:

Thursday, April 28: SLDC Training 7:00 PM-9:00 pm (All current and new ASSP and ORL leaders)

Tuesday, May 3: Hall Council Training #1 8:00 PM-10:00 PM

Tuesday, May 10: Hall Council Training #2 8:00 PM-10:00 PM

Saturday, May 14: Leadership Kickoff (ASSP and Res Life Leadership for 2016-2017) 5:00 pm -10:00 pm

Hall Council members are also expected to return before the start of the academic year. HC members take part in Hall Council training with the Office of Residence Life and participate in the Leadership Conference along with other campus leadership. HC members also take part in the activities during Welcome Week – welcoming the new and returning residents to each living area:

Hall Council Training – Thursday, September 15, 2016

Leadership Conference – Friday, September 16 – Monday, September 19, 2016

Welcome Week – Tuesday, September 20-Sunday, September 25, 2016


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