The Academic Affairs Committee is responsible for the advocacy of student academic life concerns, such as: student's rights, University academic policy, and quality of education. Advocacy is intersectional, multifaceted, and can entail both policy change advocacy and student facing events. This committee works closely with UConn administrators and provides boundless opportunities to make changes to students' academic lives that will last far beyond any single student's tenure. This year, the committee will continue to pursue: the institution of the Anti-Black Racism course into the mandatory curriculum, educating UConn faculty and administrators on the student experience, increasing student awareness of academic rights, as well as any other initiatives that students feel passionately about.
What the Academic Affairs Committee has accomplished the last few years:
- Passed legislation through the University Senate that will allow all freshmen to use Pass/Fail starting in the year 2023.
- Bought a year-long New York Times subscription for all UConn undergraduate students for the year 2022-2023.
- Paid for some free printing for students through the HuskyPrint Initiative.
- Handed out bi-annual finals care fair packages to uplift student morale and bring attention to student mental and physical health during finals week.
- Extended dining hall hours during finals week.
- Funded Student Life Awards to honor and support exemplary UConn undergraduates.
- Passed legislation that prompted the Center for Students with Disabilities to clarify their policy allowing students with undiagnosed disabilities to receive accommodations while they are unable to access a diagnosis.
What the Academic Affairs Committee hopes to accomplish in the following years:
- Continue working with the USG Office of the President and University Senate Executive Committee to institute a mandate of the Anti-Black Racism course for all UConn freshmen or sophomores.
- Make students aware of their academic rights according to UConn policy, especially regarding: academic probation, finals rescheduling, allegations of academic misconduct, and access to reasonable accommodations for students with both diagnosed and undiagnosed disabilities.
- Brighten up students’ days during finals week with Finals Care Packages.
- Educate UConn faculty about students’ perceptions of their experiences in the classroom to enhance students’ quality of education.
“Membership on the Academic Affairs Committee and attendance at meetings is open to ALL STUDENTS. We love to see new faces at our meetings and are open to all ideas. Our goal is to make your vision happen.”
Thursdays @6PM, SOC Conference room