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  1. Add Sexual Offenses as an Honor Code Violation.

    For a school that holds its precious Honor Code with such high esteem, I find it beyond baffling and quite enraging that sexual offences are not included on the list of honor offences. On a daily basis, countless individuals get away with life-damaging assaults and further increase the societal notion that such heinous crimes are not only tolerated but acceptable. I've witnessed schools like Yale, Princeton, and the University of Virginia treat sexual assault victims, the very students who have given so much of their lives to their educational institutions, be treated as nothing more than a statistic, or worse,…

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      2 comments  ·  Honor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add More Bus Stops for the IRC

      Those who live at the IRC only have one bus route that runs in front of our dorm, the Green Route. In the beginning of the year, this was fine. For many of us, we had ample daylight to walk home and often enjoyed the fresh air. Now, as the weather starts to get cold and darkness begins to fall earlier, the lack of routes running by our dorm is of concern. It can be very uncomfortable to have to walk uphill to McCormick Road or to Central Grounds in hazardous weather. It can also be especially uncomfortable to have…

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        13 comments  ·  UTS/Transit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Expand Mirrored rehearsal spaces

        There are over 23 dance/performance organizations at UVA, and more CIOs are adding dance to their activities. Cultural CIOs also hold cultural showcases events twice a year, and these events require numerous amount of rehearsals. Combination of these two creates high demand for all academic and gym spaces that has mirrors for rehearsals. AFC, Forum, Slaughter, and Memorial gym multipurpose rooms are already saturated with dance and performance related activities, too much so that it is almost nearly impossible to find mirrored spaces unless you are a Club Sports. Northgrounds rec center usually has mirrored spaces available, but it is…

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          3 comments  ·  Student Arts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Student Council is working on a solution to this issue. I encourage any CIO leaders who are dealing with this issue to contact me so the Student Concerns Committee can get a better understanding of the situation and your needs!

          Caitlyn Veith
          cav3vn@virginia.edu
          10/8/2013
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          The two ideas were merged due to their similar goals.
          Klaus Dollhopf
          nmd3ey@virginia.edu
          9/17/13

        • More doors for Clemons

          I think there should be a door on the first floor of Clemons. Why can't we get in and out of the library easily???

          17 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Building and Grounds  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Open a student nap center like JMU's (but better!)

            JMU has recently begun the process of opening a "nap nook," which seeks to promote healthy sleep hygiene and education. Very cool idea and I think a lot of UVa students would benefit from this!

            http://www.revivethesleepdeprived.com/

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              2 comments  ·  Safety & Wellness  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Update 10/31/13:

              Members of the Student Council Building and Grounds Committee will be meeting in the PAC at noon this Sunday 11/3 to discuss logistics and form a plan for getting in touch with administration about hammocks and student relaxation spaces. Feel free to stop by to have your say or get in touch before then to have your ideas brought up!

              Thanks,

              Timothy Morris
              Architecture Rep
              Student Concerns Committee
              tjm5zc@virginia.edu


              Love the innovation of this idea! However, considering the rehearsal space debacle, it’s become particularly apparent this semester that UVa is currently experiencing a deficit of available student activity space. I’m proposing that we look into having portable hammocks (Google “eno hammocks” for an example) available to rent either through the Newcomb Game Room, Libraries, or perhaps the 21 Box on the Lawn (if it comes back this year). This option would allow us to nap where and when…

            • Decrease the necessary time to reserve a space through the Source

              The current status for all CIO's requesting a space is that they must put in a request for the exact space and time at least 10 business days before the event. This is a ridiculous amount of time necessary for the Source to reserve a single room, a process that in most cases takes less than 15 minutes.

              This requirement is prohibitive and absurd. Worst yet, the source will not contact you to let you know it can't be filled often until several days after the request was made. Considering some groups cannot secure a time for everyone to meet…

              35 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Community Affairs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Open PLSB!

                Ever since the bio-psych library closed last year, biology/chemistry students have no convenient place to study that it close to the chemistry building. PLSB is a beautiful, light, inviting space with whiteboards (super necessary for science classes) and plenty of room for studying, but it is not accessible after hours! If administrators are concerned about the safety of labs, they are already locked, so allowing students access to the building at night should pose no safety risk. Commerce students get to swipe into their own building; let science students do that as well! Having PLSB open at night would make…

                14 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Building and Grounds  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add electrical outlets to the outdoor area that has tables and chairs right outside of Clemons Library

                  It would be nice to work outside all day when it gets nice again, but a lot of the time people need to charge laptops/phones/etc... Anyway we could get some outlets out there?

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                    0 comments  ·  Building and Grounds  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Start adding standing desks at the back of classrooms

                    Studies have shown that sitting down all day is detrimental to our health. It would be great to install some standing desks at the back of a few classrooms as pilot programs. It might encourage more people to be more healthy and to pay attention more in class.

                    4 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Safety & Wellness  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Keep the UTS busses running on game days.

                      Not everyone goes to the football games, and some even have classes/university commitments on game days. Coming from someone that lives fairly far off grounds, but just within then Outer/Inner Bus Loops, and has such commitments, I would much appreciate the buses running on game days. It seems unfair to disrupt the schedules of those not attending the games.

                      43 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  UTS/Transit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make Clarke a 24/7 library!

                        Devote more resources to keeping Clarke a 24/7 library. It has a much better studying environment than Clemons.

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                          0 comments  ·  Library  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • What do you want to see in UVA's dining contract?

                          UVA's dining contract is up for renewal, and StudCo Sustainability is interested to hear what you think should be part of it. Some current ideas include: expansion of local and fresh options available, expansion of the composting program, expansion of the reusable to-go container program, etc.

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                            3 comments  ·  Dining & Food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hey U.Va.! Don’t wait! If you are interested in Green Dining we need to hear your voice right away, please email me at nj7p to get more information on attending our Green Dining group meetings. Also, we are HIRING MORE Sustainability Interns to move our program forward and support the entire Grounds community with advocacy and resources. Starting pay is $10.65 an hour with a very flexible working schedule. We are also hiring Dining Educators to serve as stewards of the dining program as a whole.

                            If you have any questions, or need to speak to someone at U.Va. Dining – please reach out. We need to hear from you to make the changes you would like to see in your dining program. Email me directly at nj7p. Thanks!

                          • Install a Redbox at CVS on the Corner

                            Situated in Barracks, the nearest Redbox locations are not a convenient walking distance from Grounds. Unfortunately, Redbox has a policy against planting machines at universities (Newcomb and O-Hill would otherwise be prime locations). CVS is a nearby alternative with frequent enough traffic to support a Redbox that would provide students with access to current entertainment.

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                              0 comments  ·  Student Life  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add more majors and minors.

                              Why isn't there a journalism major or a business major or minor? I find it messed up that people have to apply for majors and minors, for example like Human Biology, Neuroscience, and Global Development Studies. I understand that there may be a lack of space due to resources, but it seems like money is not the issue at UVA, since people are able to apply for grants and earn them easily. You guys are discouraging kids from pursuing their dreams by putting an application on everything. I have had enough with these dumb applications. Not every single thing needs…

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                                0 comments  ·  Academic Affairs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Extend the Drop Deadline

                                As of right now, only the School of Engineering allows students to drop without a W after the first two weeks of classes. I think at least certain schools should extend the drop deadline to when the engineering school's cut-off date is, as by that time, most people have taken their first midterm or turned in their first paper and know where they stand in the class. The first two weeks are usually spent going over basics and don't give students enough time to know how much time they will need to put into the class or if they have…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Academic Affairs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Have libraries open Friday and Saturday nights (past midnight).

                                  Lots of students have take home exams or essays due over the weekend so why not open the library up to them? It promotes studying, and sometimes, studying at the dorm/apartment isn't idea due to weekend noise.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Eliminate UTS Extended Bus Stops

                                    I understand the concept of having buses wait at certain stops to "stay on schedule" but it defeats the purpose of trying to stay on schedule. If the buses were to continuously run and not stop at certain stops for up to 10 minutes at a time there would be a constant flow of buses so students wouldn't have to worry about missing one. Here is a scenario:

                                    You walking up to the stop across the street from Clark Hall. A bus pulls up. You sprint up to the stop but to no avail, the bus has already left. You…

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                                      2 comments  ·  UTS/Transit  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Re-open bio-psych library/study space

                                      To those of us who spend most our time in Gilmer/Chem building and don't travel to Central Grounds much, closing down this library was totally unfair. It was convenient, huge, and quiet. They say they are replacing it with a "study space" but where is it?

                                      The printing station at the Chemistry library is hard to use and let's face it, the Chemistry library is just way too small and hard to get to.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Building and Grounds  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for your comment. The Biology and Psychology departments occupy Gilmer Hall and have plans to repurpose the space. We know the reading room is popular and Anna Towns, the Director of Space Planning & Management, has said that the reading room and study space will be reopened but that it may not be until Fall 2014. I updated your suggestion to Building and Grounds so that you can get updates directly from the source!

                                        Printing remains a concern for the Library as well as for the students. Printing and Copying Services maintains and updates the equipment across grounds – I’m sure they’d like to know students are having trouble printing!

                                      • Free Landry. Doing Laundry costs so much!

                                        I an a transfer student. The school I was in has no fee on laundry. Probably yes, but it has been added into the housing fee.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Housing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Place a printer in the South Lawn

                                          It would be extremely convenient, especially considering how many classes in the South Lawn require papers, to have a printing center in the South Lawn. Preferably this would have a setup similar to Alderman rather than the Music Library since the printing keypad is really frustrating. Could you please consider having some printers? It would be very much appreciated.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Technology  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            StudCo is working on making this happen! Please stay tuned for more updates as we identify possible sources for funding. Share comments on the best/most convenient location for such a printer in the South Lawn Complex.

                                            Thanks, Michael Promisel
                                            1/27/14

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