General Assembly 10/26
General Assembly Minutes
October 26, 2021
Executive Board Reports:
Secretary - Lisette Guzman:
Just send an email if you are gone at firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer -Lindsey Rajala:
Nothing to Report
EAC Chair - Carter Viner:
In person office hours are also online on the GA link.
PAC Chair - Emily Hilderbrand:
Send her an email if you need to contact her
PRC Chair - Mya Severson:
If you are not in the group for group me text her
Buckets hats are available
Tech. Coordinator- Maddie Swanson:
Stop by office hours to chat about anything
Rep headshots this week and next week
SOC Chair - Makayla Geroge:
Soc has found a day to meet as a committee
BER Chair - Nidhi Jawala:
Work on your project and update her on the process.
Email her if you are gonna be gone for BER.
External President - Raina Meyer:
Feed your brain meeting coming up
Food and chat every week during GA and co hosting next Tuesday.
HUSC Barbecue coming up.
Municipal elections are next Tuesday November, 2nd.
Resolution or two about budgeting
Internal President - Ruben Dominguez:
Following GA is cancelled and instead co-hosting food and chat
Google Calendar will be sent for retreat soon. Email Ruben if you have any questions.
Freshman Reps - Nothing to report
Sophomore Reps - Nothing to report
Junior Reps - Pho Pastor is not closing.
Senior Reps - Concerned about humanities major and art students, etc.
Student Athletic Advisory Rep - Nothing to report
Multicultural Rep - Nothing to Report
At large Reps - Nothing to Report
Advocacy Rep - Concern about racial things happening on campus.
Hall Reps - Nothing to Report
Commuter Rep - Nothing to Report
Notice to everyone. Everyone using HUSC p-card please return receipt to SALD office instead of Linsdey.
Email coming out about Halloween and appropriation of costumes.
Campus alert came out about the incident that happened on the weekend. Mel followed up with the officer and is sure an arrest will happen.
Community gathering on Thursday with speakers about incidents and safety around campus and how to record those pieces.
None this week
Disability reps- Jay! Welcome!
Voting for Apartment Rep. Jennifer Martinex Badillo
Motion to vote by unanimous consent. Motion Passes. New apartment Rep
Conversation about SAS
Lynette Wahl- Financial aid office is where they do loans and counseling for the financial aid process.
Brett Reichter- Manage all tuition and fee assessment. Manage any payments onto the accounts. Help answer questions of different loan options.
Opening the floor to students on any corners or questions. Students can go to the office to answer any questions. Students are sometimes hesentaited to go into the office but are encouraged to go in.
Can students negotiate their offers?
Yes, it depends on the student's situation. Office is willing to document what is happening at the moment. It is different in any situation the student can come in and talk about what is happening in their lives.
If the circumstances happen in the middle of the semester can the financial package be changed?
It can happen at any time. There are time limits to review things. If there is a major change like the death of a parent something will negotiate the rest of the year.
How does financial aid work during j-term?
J-term is part of spring term. Student account billing purposes and individually billed. J-Terms credits and spring credits added. State grant is by credit terms. Any additional tuition cost can be helped by loan or scholarships.
How does free housing work?
Those decisions are done by admission criteria then just sent to accounts.
If you take one class during j-term and three classes during spring term how does it work?
If you are taking 12 credits in the spring semester you are still charged the full tuition rate. Separate in parts of the credits.
State grant is added together from j-term and spring semester and it pumps up if you take extra credits during the semester.
Does SAS raise tuition?
Tuition is set by administrators and gone through the board of trustees.
People who take j-terms and don’t have a state grant or federal grant, is there any help?
Currently there is a student loan availability increase to help students. No hamline funded sources for scholarships. Outside agencies for additional scholarship funding.
J-terms and winter term are the same thing
Outreach prior to late penalty taking place. If there is a Registration hold for classes, the office will reach out to the student. Looking to help students and trying to be proactive and find a way for students to cover their account.
Why is the cashier open for a limited amount of time?
Positions that got eliminated because of Hamline cuts. Great to hear feedback and advocate for the subject. Cashier window was not being utilized as much as the office would like. Direct deposit is always an option and encouraged.
Can a student email the office if they would rather pick up at another time?
If someone has scholarships that are a Pell grant but they can not exceed tuition. The outside scholarship will reduce work eligibility but will cap hamline grant and pell grant.
Is there a way to waive parking fees or decrease to match financial need.
Parking fee is a different department and just put on student accounts. Something a student body can bring up to administration to influence and parking.
Negotiation for scholarship. Is the neotion power the same as before coming to hamline.
Not concerned with a negotiation more like a decision. Once enrolled there has to be a special circumstance to change the financial packet.
Is there a chance to extend certain days for cashier?
Challenge is they have a small team. Continue to revisit to look for a longer time at the cashier.
Sometimes students take more than 18 credits. Are there certain classes to exempt students for the extra charge?
One is a music and honors seminar. Student leadership classes are also exempt.
J-term classes were free and then they were not free. Is it possible to be more discounted?
It was a financial decision for the school. Very rare that j-term is free at other universities. It can be brought up as a concern and want it to be at an affordable price. It was a big expense for the university.
Pass fail option went back to normal as choosing in the first 2 weeks. Tried to do it now but there is a charge.
Late registration fee is $50. Office just assesses the fee. Registration records.
Email them for any further questions.
All Campus Events:
Empowering Reads: We should all be feminists
Tues, October 26 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Trick or Treat Trivia
Wed, October 27 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Haunted Hallway RHA
Wed, October 27 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Government and Nonprofit Career fair
Fri, October 29 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota
*registration closes tomorrow!
Step Up! Training
MonFri, November 1 5:00pm - 6:00pm