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Student Programming Allocation Committee (SPAC)

The Student Programming Allocation Committee (SPAC) allocates the portion of the SPSF that goes to student-organized programming.

The chancellor determines the number of members of the SPAC. The majority of its members are nonstudent university employees appointed by the chancellor, with at least 40 percent of the membership consisting of students appointed by the vice chancellor for student life based on recommendations of the Student Government Association.

Allocation Request Evaluation Criteria

When evaluating allocation requests, the SPAC considers the following criteria:

  1. Whether the program advances the university’s educational mission by promoting student satisfaction and retention or by promoting the intellectual, physical, emotional, social, cultural, or leadership development of students
  2. Whether the request complies with established procedures and deadlines
  3. Whether the program will be held on campus and easily accessible to students
  4. The clarity of the request
  5. The amount of the request
  6. The total amount of SPSF funds available for allocation
  7. Whether anticipated costs seem to have been carefully determined
  8. Whether the proposal is fiscally responsible
  9. (if applicable) How effectively and efficiently the requesting organization has used SPSF funds in the past
  10. (if applicable) Whether the requesting organization has complied with university policies concerning SPSF funds in the past
  11. (if the request is made by a student organization) Whether the program is relevant to the organization’s purpose
  12. Whether the program is substantially similar to one held within the past two years
  13. Whether the program duplicates services or programs offered by other student organizations (except in the case of joint requests)
  14. Whether the program duplicates services or programs offered by a department or division of the university

The viewpoint of a registered student organization or of any speakers included in a proposed program is not considered in funding decisions.

Programs must be open to attendance by all students who have authorized the allocation of a portion of their SPSF funds for student-organized programming (that is, who have opted in) or who are exempt from payment of the fee.

Decision Appeal Process

A requesting organization can appeal a decision to deny funding. Submit appeals in writing to the vice chancellor for student life within five business days of being informed of the denial.

There are only two grounds for appealing a decision of the SPAC:

  1. The SPAC denied funding based on the viewpoint of the student organization or speakers.
  2. The SPAC failed to follow its procedures in making the funding decision.

The vice chancellor for student life decides the appeal within 10 days. The decision cannot be appealed.

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