Students' Union to collaborate with University of Alberta administration on Residence Life Task Force

News Staff - Fri Apr 22, 2016

Earlier this month, many students took to social media platforms to express their disappointment and frustrations with University of Alberta residences. Student leaders and residents voiced many long-held concerns about the living conditions and management of University-operated residences. In response, the University administration has agreed to create a Residence Life Task Force in cooperation with the Students’ Union.

Over the course of the next eight months, the task force will work alongside the Provost and newly appointed Dean of Students to create a list of actionable recommendations to improve how University residences are operated and maintained. The Students’ Union welcomes this opportunity to make students have the best possible experience in residence.

The Students’ Union has also succeeded in securing eight rooms in Lister for SU-appointed representatives for the next academic year. While the Lister Hall Students’ Association will not be replaced for the 2016-17 school year, these appointed representatives will help lay the groundwork for the LHSA to return for 2017-18 and ensure that student voices are heard in the absence of a representative organization in that residence.

The Students’ Union would like to sincerely thank everyone who spoke up with concerns about campus residences. Your voices made these next steps possible.

Read SU President Navneet Khinda’s comment regarding the Residence Life Task force here. For more information, you can also read the Provost’s statement.

The SU is the official body that represents the nearly 30,000 undergraduate students at the University of Alberta. It acts as a strong advocate for students both on campus and at all levels of government.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Alix Kemp
External Communications & Media Advisor

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