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Office for Student Involvement

Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2400
osi@oakland.edu

OSI Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OSI Service Window Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Office for Student Involvement

Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2400
osi@oakland.edu

OSI Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OSI Service Window Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Student Congress

Oakland University Student Congress strives to represent the student body and increase pride and unity on campus through dynamic leadership, a commitment to diversity, and an ongoing devotion to the quality of university life. We aim to meet the needs and address the concerns of our fellow students and encourage students to voice their ideas to help us create the best possible "Oakland experience."

Visit OUSC on GrizzOrgs at orgsync.com/34015/chapter.

Membership
Executive Board

headshot of Ryan Fox 

Ryan Fox
Student Body President
rmfox@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4294

Greetings Oakland University! I am proud to serve as the Student Body President during the 2018-2019 school year! I am a fifth-year student from Orion Township. I am a double major in Public Administration & Public Policy and German Language & Literature. I have been involved in student organizations such as Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and the Gay Straight Alliance. This is my fourth year of involvement in Student Congress, and I hope to use my experience to serve you as best as possible. I shall uphold the principles of the constitution and oath of office.

Office Hours:
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ; 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

headshot of Brittany Kleinschmidt 

Brittany Kleinschmidt
Student Body Vice President
bkleinschmidt@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4294

Hello OU! My name is Brittany Kleinschmidt and I am happy to serve as the Student Body Vice President for this upcoming school year. I am currently in my junior year studying Public Relations and Strategic Communication, one of the newest programs coming to OU this fall. During my time at Oakland I have been involved in countless organizations and offices around campus. Some of the main ones being Orientation and New Student Programs, Alternative Spring Break, and most importantly Student Congress. I served as the Student Services Director this past year and the Tailgate Chair before that. This year I am looking forward to tackling some of the larger issues on campus such as Financial Aid and accessibility; while also maintaining an open relationship with the students.

Office Hours:
Monday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 headshot of Tara Schmidt

Tara Schmidt
Administrative Assistant
tschmidt@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4291

Office Hours:
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Gabrielle Schwartz
Financial Affairs Director
gmschwartz@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4338

Office Hours:
Tuesday: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

headshot of Hunter Willis 

Hunter Willis
Student Activities Funding Board Chair
safb@oakland.edu (248) 370-4298

Office Hours:
Monday: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Mackenzie Hill
Student Services Director
mlhill@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4290

Office Hours:
Tuesday: 12:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Thursday: 12:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

 

Samantha Keefer
Legislative Affairs Director
smkeefer@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4291

Office Hours:
Monday: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Jeanette Handy
Visual Communications Director
jkhandy@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4338

Office Hours:
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 headshot of Olivia Braun

Olivia Braun
Marketing Director
oliviabraun@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4338

Office Hours:
Monday: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 headshot of Desitnee Rulee

Destinee Rule
Diversity & Inclusion Director
drule@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4290


Office Hours:
Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ; 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 headshot of Alex Bertges

Alex Bertges
Campus Health Director
albertges@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4291

Office Hours:
Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 headshot of Stephanie Jurva

Stephanie Jurva
OUSC Advisor
jurva@oakland.edu
Legislative Members

Austin Church
Senior Legislator
achurch@oakland.edu

Dayana Rodriguez
Legislator
drrodriguezguti@oakland.edu

Elijah Sanders
Legislator/Parliamentarian
emsanders@oakland.edu

Halle Haneckow
Legislator/Research & Review Chair
hallehaneckow@oakland.edu

Helen Thompson
Legislator/Steering Chair
helenthompson@pakland.edu

Julia Alexander
Legislator
juliaalexander@oakland.edu

Linda Khoury
Legislator
lkhoury@oakland.edu

Mena Ibrahim
Legislator/Scholarship Chair
menaibrahim@oakland.edu

Mina Wassef
Legislator
minawassef@oakland.edu

Richard Seeger
Legislator/Archivist
raseeger@oakland.edu

Ronald Yousif
Legislator
ronaldyousif@oakland.edu

Tyler Fox
Legislator/Judiciary Chair
tafox@oakland.edu

Tyler Parsons
Legislator/Graduate Council Chair
tmpasrsons@oakland.edu

Judicial Branch

Tyler Fox
Judiciary Chair
tafox@oakland.edu

The Judiciary Committee serves as the judicial branch of the congress. As such, it is responsible for making sure that the congress is following the rules and regulations outlined in our constitution and bylaws. Typically the committee convenes on a weekly basis to review any absences filed by legislators, and discuss the current happenings of the congress. When needed, the judiciary committee is responsible for bringing together the official court, which will pass judgment on issues regarding the constitution.

Committees

If you are interested in getting involved with Oakland University's Student Congress for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact us at ousc@oakland.edu for more information. If you are interested in joining a specific committee, contact the person named at the end of each committee posting.

Elections Commission
The Elections commission is a group of students working with the Administrative Assistant during the election season. The Commission is responsible for various tasks related to the candidates throughout the elections in addition to events such as the Elections Kickoff, and the President and Vice President debates. Contact Tara Schmidt at tschmidt@oakland.edu.

Scholarship Committee
The scholarship committee is a group of creative and motivated individuals creating new scholarships and awards for OU students. These scholarships can help a graduating senior get their bachelor's degree or help a new freshman out financially. These scholarships include academics, athletics, financial hardships, leaderships, and many more! Be more involved around campus and join the Scholarship Committee. This is your chance to give back! Contact Mena Ibrahim at menaibrahim@oakland.edu.

Judiciary Committee
The Judiciary Committee serves as the judicial branch of the congress. As such, it is responsible for making sure that the congress is following the rules and regulations outlined in our constitution and bylaws. Typically the committee convenes on a weekly basis to review any absences filed by legislators, and discuss the current happenings of the congress. When needed, the judiciary committee is responsible for bringing together the official court, which will pass judgment on issues regarding the constitution. Contact Tyler Fox at tafox@oakland.edu.

Research and Review Committee
The Research and Review Committee looks into problems or issues that the Legislature brings forth to it, can pass issues to other committees where the topic pertains, submits feedback and reports on various issues or researched initiatives, and assists the Student Body President in assigning legislators to any University-wide committees. Contact Halle Haneckow at hallehaneckow@oakland.edu.

Legislative Affairs Committee
Interested in politics? As a committee member, you would have the opportunity to research student issues for lobbying efforts as well as take part in vote registration drives. This committee can also meet and work with Student Governments at the state and federal level. Contact Sam Keefer at smkeefer@oakland.edu.

Marketing Committee
As a committee member, you would assist the Marketing Director in brainstorming different promotions, post fliers throughout campus, and pass out promotions in the Oakland Center when OUSC has events coming up. Contact Olivia Braun at oliviabraun@oakland.edu.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Oakland University accepts and celebrates all students of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and ethnicity. As a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, you would be engaged in actively representing every student group on campus while pursuing University-wide policy change and initiatives that are aimed at transforming Oakland University. If you want to push your university forward and be a part of change on campus, the DID Committee welcomes you with open arms and mind. Contact Destinee Rulee at drule@oakland.edu.

Student Services Committee
As a member of this committee you will work alongside the Student Services Director to resolve any concerns students may have during their time here at Oakland. At the meetings, committee initiatives are discussed, project liaisons give updates, and the members propose new initiative ideas. If you have a desire to make a lasting impact with your time here at Oakland University, this committee invites you to help us bring about positive change. Contact Mackenzie Hill at mlhill@oakland.edu.

Tailgate Committee
The Tailgate Committee is perfect for anyone who has an interest in sports or planning events! As a member, you are the main source of success for the tailgates. You decide the food and activities, as well as different promotional items that will be used. Members are also involved in running the tailgates and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Contact Morgan Sumpter at mesumpter@oakland.edu.

Campus Health Committee
The Environmental, Health and Wellness Committee gives students a chance to advocate for healthy living and environmentally awareness. Members of the EHW Committee can engage in committee meetings, participate in committee events, and get involved with various initiatives. Contact Alex Bertges at albertges@oakland.edu.

Visual Communications Committee
The Visual Communications Committee is a group of talented graphic designers that aid the Visual Communications Director with the execution of promotional materials and more for OUSC. Working as a team of creative minds, the VCC is a great way for students to meet other graphic designers, gain valuable design experience, and expand their portfolio work! Contact Jeanette Handy at jkhandy@oakland.edu.

Steering Committee
Most public governing bodies have a steering committee. It is the duty of the Steering Committee to compile the agenda that is used for all University Student Congress General Body Meetings. Members of the committee would decide whether or not proposed items (such as bills, proposals and member approvals) should be placed on the upcoming agenda based on bylaws, constitution, etc. Contact Helen Thompson at helenthompson@oakland.edu.

Archival Committee
The Archival Committee of the Oakland University Student Congress was originally established in 2005 under the direction of Former Student Body President Michael McGuinness for the purpose of maintaining the paper trail of Student Government records for each administration. The committee is also responsible for preserving all student government history and maintaining a connection between the current administration and alumni of the Student Government. Contact Richard Seeger at raseeger@oakland.edu.

Ad-Hoc Committees

Bear Bus Reform Committee

The Bear Bus Committee is focused on working with Bear Bus to launch common sense reforms to public transit at OU. Contact Mina Wassef at minawassef@oakland.edu for more details. 

International Student Advocacy Committee

This committee is focused on pushing reforms focused on the needs of International Students at OU. This includes issues related to transportation and housing. For more information, contact Chairman Fawaz Alkhudhayr at faalkhudhayr@oakland.edu and Maxime Colen at mcolen@oakland.edu.

Student Veteran Advocacy Committee

This committee tackles the needs of Veterans on OU's campus. This includes providing support for them, as well as making sure administration recognizes the value of student Veterans. For more information, contact the Chair, Justin Kellner at jkellner@oakland.edu.

Administration Primary Goals

Fixing Financial Aid

The financial aid department at Oakland is disorganized and underfunded. They also have policies that actively hurt Oakland Students. Ryan and Brittany want to work with the financial aid department on enacting common sense reforms, and reduce unnecessary regulations. They intend to do this by:

  1. Changing the organization of the financial aid department. One complaint many students have with financial aid, is that it is impersonal. A student that visits the department many days in a row will be sent to a different adviser every time. Ryan and Brittany want to see to it that the department takes each individual case seriously by creating a system in which advisers have specific sections of the student body assigned to them. That will ensure that when a student goes into the office for advising, they always meet the same adviser who has a better understanding of their specific case.
  2. Repealing policies that discriminate against lower income students. Under current Oakland University policy, students are being punished for winning prizes provided by student organizations. If the prize they win is over $75 in value, that money can be deducted from that student's financial aid. That means if you win one of the great prizes offered by the Student Congress or the Student Program Board, you can be forced to pay out of pocket for that prize. This policy discourages students that rely on financial aid from engaging in student life on campus and favors students that do not receive financial aid. Ryan and Brittany will see this policy removed so that every Oakland Student is free to be as involved on campus as they wish.
  3. Extending scholarships provided by Financial Aid to better reflect the student body. The average time it takes for most students to graduate from Oakland is five and a half years. That is right around the national average of 6 years. This can be tricky for students that receive financial aid from the University, as many scholarships only last 8 semesters. That means a student can lose financial aid not because of merit, but simply due to time. Ryan and Brittany want to see those scholarships extended to up to 12 semesters, so students can get the financial aid that they have earned for as long as they need.

Fixing Food on Campus

There are many issues with the way that food is served on campus. Limited options, high prices, and low food quality plague residents and commuters who are looking for a bite to eat. Ryan and Brittany will work to address issues that are pertinent to eating on campus by:

  1. Increasing communication channels between students and Chartwells. Residents have dealt with many inconveniences over the past several years. The food served in the Vandenburg Cafe is infamous for its poor quality and to top it off, the school discontinued transfer meals to the Oakland Center. Ryan and Brittany want to see transfer meals reinstated, and we want to make sure Chartwells is listening to their consumers. Chartwells should regularly survey students, and make it easier for students to be able to report issues with food quality. If the Administration is going to allow Chartwells a monopoly on our campus, Ryan and Brittany are going to make sure that they earn it.
  2. Residents and commuters that come to Oakland on the weekends, food options are very limited. Only one or two stores in the Oakland Center are open Saturday and Sunday, which means students have very few options when it comes to food and pricing. Ryan and Brittany want to negotiate opening the Bear Cave on Saturdays, along with other restaurants within the Oakland Center and across campus. Providing options will ensure  that students will have access to food they enjoy at prices they can afford.
  3. Repealing the ban on gift cards in the Oakland Center. Considering that Chartwells has a completely monopoly on food on this campus, it is absurd that Chartwells stores in the Oakland Center, such as Subway or Panda Express, do not accept gift cards for their respective chains. This policy adversely affects students on this campus regardless of their socioeconomic status, as we have all received gifts cards as presents from friends or relatives. Limiting students in this way creates a burden, and Ryan and Brittany will work to see this policy repealed as soon as possible.
  4. Expanding options for non-traditional eaters. As vegetarians, Ryan and Brittany understand how expensive being a non-traditional eater can be on campus. Vegetarians, vegans, students with dietary restrictions, and students with food allergies, all struggle to find quality options on this campus. Whether you are gluten free, only eat halal food, or are allergic to a specific food dye, you should be able to eat on this campus. Ryan and Brittany will fight to make sure all food choices are taken into consideration as Chartwells makes their menus, and will work to create specific plans for students with dietary needs.

Guaranteeing that OU is Accessible

Ryan has been on the congress for three years, and he has always been a strong advocate for those who are physically disabled. He was the co-chair of the accessibility committee, and helped former President Zachary Thomas fight to repaint crosswalk lines and advocate for automatic bathroom doors in the Oakland Center. Brittany, serving as the Student Services Director, has continued efforts to increase communication about accessibility issues on campus. As your president and vice president, Ryan and Brittany will fight for access on campus through:

  1. Shifting the administration’s focus away from expansion and toward renovation. Oakland’s Administration in recent years has been very focused on expansion. However many of our current buildings are inaccessible and inconvenient for physically disabled students. Ryan and Brittany want to make sure that buildings like Varner Hall are renovated, and given updated elevators. Buildings like Dodge and Hannah Hall need comprehensive renovations in order to be ADA compliant, and almost every automatic door on campus has issues with staying open long enough for students who need them to get through safely. Ryan and Brittany will push for a commitment from Oakland's Upper administration to renovate these buildings before they focus on building new ones.
  2. Creating communication channels between students and Facilities Management. There is currently no easy way for students to speak directly to maintenance about broken doors, broken bathroom stalls, or broken street lights. This is a burden on not only disabled students, but the entire student body. Ryan and Brittany will work to establish a direct line of communication between maintenance and students, so that problems are fixed quickly and Facilities Management is held accountable.
  3. Focusing renovations on pressing issues for students with accessibility needs. Going to the bathroom is an incredibly personal thing. For many disabled students however, it cannot be. A student who does not have complete functioning of their arms cannot open the heavy wooden doors in the Oakland Center, and are sometimes forced to ask for help. It is absurd that administration has not installed automatic doors in the bathrooms in the Oakland Center, and that is something Ryan and Brittany will fight hard to see done.

Standing Up for Student Employees

Oakland University offers hundreds of on-campus jobs that students can take advantage of. For many students it is there sole source of income. Student employees on this campus have a number of unique issues that they need addressed, and Ryan and Brittany will take efforts to improve their situation by:

  1. Increasing the campus minimum wage to $9.75 an hour. It is time that student employees on this campus receive a raise, especially considering that Oakland’s current minimum wage of $9.25 is on par with the State of Michigan’s. Considering that Michigan has one of the lowest minimum wage in the country, this is not something that OU should be emulating. Ryan and Brittany will fight to ensure that student employees are properly compensated for their work.
  2. Clearing the fog surrounding student employees and issues with faculty supervisors. Whether they are working in a lab or in an office setting, student employees are often unclear of how to address issues with faculty that supervise them. This can lead to harmful situations where a faculty member abuses their power and takes advantage of students. It is time that Oakland made it very clear that they stand with their student employees, and the first step is clearly informing students of where they can go if they need help.
  3. Working to increase stipends for all Graduate and Doctoral Student Employees. Not only is the campus not compensating hourly student employees at an adequate level, graduate students who are paid based on stipends are not given enough to get by. Once stipends are broken down, there are students on this campus that receive below the State’s minimum wage. These students face the added challenge of often not being allowed to get jobs off of campus, due to contracts signed with the University. Ryan and Brittany will work to make sure that a higher amount of research grant money is given to graduate students, so that they can support themselves.
  4. Establishing healthcare benefits for Graduate and Doctoral Student Employees. Graduate and Doctoral Students are often underpaid for their work, and thus cannot afford decent healthcare plans. This is a huge financial burden, and the University should take priority in helping these students. Many other Universities provide healthcare plans for their Graduate and Doctoral Student Employees, and Ryan and Brittany want to fight to bring a similar program to Oakland.

Other issues Ryan and Brittany want to address during their term:

  • Increase the number of gender neutral bathrooms on campus
  • Address maintenance and safety concerns in Greek Housing
  • Meet with the cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills to address traffic
  • Continue lobbying efforts for an increase in higher education funding
  • Make sure the new arena is built without raising tuition
  • Make campus more sustainable through expanded recycling and composting   systems
  • Work to increase cooperation and communication between SAFAC organizations
  • Encourage student health with informative PSA’s
  • Continue to advocate for more transparency in upper administration
  • Encourage political unity by working with the Center for Civic Engagement
  • Push for universal voter registration on campus
  • Work to increase the speed of shoveling on campus

Rapid Fire Goals:

  • Increase the number of gender neutral bathrooms on campus
  • Address maintenance and safety concerns in Greek Housing
  • Meet with the cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills to address traffic
  • Continue lobbying efforts for an increase in higher education funding
  • Ensure that the new arena is built without raising tuition
  • Make campus more sustainable through expanded recycling and composting  systems
  • Work to increase cooperation and communication between SAFAC organizations
  • Encourage student health with informative PSA’s
  • Continue to advocate for more transparency in upper administration
  • Grow political unity on campus by working with the Center for Civic Engagement
  • Push for universal voter registration on campus
  • Shorten the time taken to shovel sidewalks on campus

Key Points

  • Fight to make sure administration is transparent and fair.
  • Make Financial Aid more user friendly.
  • Improve the quality of food on campus.
  • Ensure that campus is accessible to everyone.
  • Stand up for Student Employees.
Current Services

Free Scantrons:
As of summer 2012, a Scantron machine is available in the lower level of the Oakland Center across from the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. This Scantron vending machine offers school supplies such as pencils, note cards, headphones, and much more.

In the fall of 2014, Student Congress has expanded this initiative and began offering free Scantrons to students. We ask that to receive a Scantron, students follow us on social media sites (Grizz Orgs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) so they see our updates. Students who come to the Student Congress office can receive two Scantrons for free, everyday. If our office is closed, our Scantron machine is right down the hall! We offer the following types of scantrons for free:

  • 882-E (long green scantron)
  • 815-E (short green scantron)
  • Blue Books

Grizz Art:
Grizz Art is a program partnered with the Kresge Library to display student artwork for Oakland University campus to see and appreciate. The purpose of this initiative is to get student artwork displayed on campus and to get students recognized for their talent. The program also serves as a contest where the first place and second place winners will receive awesome prizes! More information and applications can be found in the OUSC office.

Hammocks:
The hammocks you see scattered throughout campus are a part of the OUSC outdoor initiative, which includes picnic tables, benches, information kiosk and hammocks. Hammocks offer relaxation to students and yet another location for students to spend time on campus. These hammocks can currently be found around Bear Lake.

During the winter season, these hammocks are taken indoors so they don't get damaged in the harsh weather. Be sure to enjoy them in the fall, spring and summer!

Readership Program:
The Readership Program is a complimentary OUSC initiative that offers Oakland University students the opportunity to read several different local and national newspapers at no cost. USA Today and New York Times or the Detroit Free Press are located in other buildings on campus as well, the locations include Kresge Library, Hamlin Hall, Vandenberg Hall.

Student of the Month:
The purpose of the Student of the Month Award is to recognize students who have shown an outstanding dedication through campus involvement to the Oakland University community. The Student of the Month award is given through an application. Students can retrieve an application at the Student Congress office, OUSC promotion tables, online through OUSC website and/or on the OUSC Student of the Month parking spot.

  • Method
    • All students interested to become SOM must complete an application.
    • Applications can be picked up at OUSC desk, any promotions table sponsored by OUSC, and on SOM parking stands. Students must complete application in its entirety. One application per student per academic semester will be accepted.
  • Rewards
    • Student of the month winners will be featured on the OUSC webpage and social media
    • Student of the Month winners will be nominated for the Wilson and Human Relations awards (depending on if individual meets criteria for each award)
    • Student of the Month winners will receive a crewneck, a reserved parking spot in Parking Lot 2, and other surprise giveaways!
Successes

The 2016-2017 OUSC Administration is striving for big changes on Oakland University campus this upcoming year. We aim to make students more aware of what is happening on campus and how it impacts their Oakland experience. In order to show what the 2016-2017 Administration is accomplishing, we'll be regularly updating this page to show our successes in improving the Oakland University experience. Listed below are some of these accomplishments:

Increased Minimum Wage for Student Employees
Immediately after becoming aware of OU's return to its established student-employment policy, which is a maximum of 20 hours per week for on-campus jobs during the fall and winter, and of 40 hours per week in the summer, Student Body President Zachary Thomas brought the impending changes to the attention of our Student Congress at a public meeting. We were then, as an organization, keen and persistent on making sure the money that would be lost be returned to the students in some way, shape, or form. We met with dozens of administrators and had several speak at our General Body Meetings. Thomas was eventually able to sit down with key administrators like Glenn McIntosh and George Hynd to together resolve the situation by increasing the University minimum wage from $8.50 to $9.25 — well above the state minimum. We could not be happier to have worked with administration to successfully represent the students on this issue!

On-Campus Accessibility Enhancements
Over the summer, OUSC worked to improve Oakland University campus accessibility. Some of the enhancements accomplished include a new sidewalk along Pioneer Drive, fixing the crosswalk issue on Meadowbrook Dr. between Oak View Hall and Vandenberg Hall, repairing the crater on Bear Lake Bridge, repairing on-campus sidewalk craters, and the assurance of accessible bathroom doors, ramps, and new elevators in the upcoming Oakland Center expansion.

Preferred Name Policy on Oakland University Campus
It is the mission of your University Student Congress to challenge inequality and help to foster the best "Oakland experience" for each and every student at our institution. Accordingly, since its founding in 1957, Oakland University had lacked a Preferred Name Policy for students identifying as 1) transgender or gender-nonconforming 2) an international student wishing to officially adopt an English name for campus matters, and 3) sexual assault or stalking survivors wishing to go by an alternate name for safety. What this meant was that students were being "outed" in classrooms or on the graduation stage, were facing discomfort when experiencing faculty, staff, and fellow students struggle with their name, or potentially dangerous situations, respectively. Accordingly, this is why your University Student Congress advocated and helped design a Preferred Name Policy, which became active on August 17, 2016, and which allows students identifying under the aforementioned three categories to go by their preferred name for most campus matters, including but not limited to class rosters, OU email, and walking at graduation. In doing so, we believe we have helped Oakland University make great strides in fostering campus equality, comfort, and safety.

Tuition Equality on Oakland University Campus
The University Student Congress seeks to increase access of our university for all types of incoming students. Until now, Oakland University had been missing a Tuition Equality Policy for DACA immigrants. Accordingly, this means that children of undocumented immigrants who have spent considerable time living in Michigan would not have been able to pay in-state tuition. Because of the Tuition Equality Policy that we implemented, if the prospective student has attended Michigan high schools for at least 3 years and graduated from a Michigan high school, they are able to pay in-state tuition. We believe it 1) makes fiscal sense, 2) is fair, and 3) welcomes prospective students aspiring to rise. Moreover, there are a plethora of DACA students in the Metro Detroit area, and because of our Tuition Equality policy we have opened a new door to higher education for these students who live in Oakland University's backyard.

Voter Registration of Oakland University Students
In their campaign for Student Body President and Vice President, Zack and Anders promised to lead the University Student Congress to double-down on voter registration efforts this Fall Semester in order to best amplify the student voice. Meeting and exceeding that promise, the University Student Congress registered 525 students successfully this Fall (beating last Fall's numbers by a factor of seven) and nearly doubling previous OUSC administrations' election year numbers. This process was executed successfully with the effective oversight and outstanding dedication of Legislative Affairs Director Sophia Polsinelli and her Legislative Affairs Committee.

Several OUSC initiatives have been so successful that they have been permanently absorbed by other departments. They include:

Public Documents

OUSC Constitution

OU Student Congress Bylaws

Election Bylaws

Student Activity Fund Assessment Committee Bylaws

Student Activities Funding Board Bylaws

Judicial Hearing Guidelines

Agendas and Minutes
To request meeting agendas and/or minutes, please email your requests to Tara Schmidt at tschmidt@oakland.edu.

Budget Sheets
To request budget sheets, please email your requests to Gabrielle Schwartz at gmschwartz@oakland.edu.