CMU Hall/Community Councils exist as governing units within building communities. The council is a place where residents have a voice in the policies and happenings of the hall. Through their reserved powers of establishing quiet hours for the building, setting hours during which solicitation is permitted, and controlling any expenditures from the social account, residents of the building have a true and powerful voice in the community's administration. They also play a critical role in planning community building and other events where residents can enhance their leadership development, learn about themselves and others, become connected to each other, CMU and the broader community. Resulting from this voice and involvement is a sense of ownership in the hall and belonging on campus. Achieving feelings of ownership and belonging is essential to developing community. In addition, these rights reserve for residents an opportunity to determine some of the primary elements of their community and sculpt it to meet their own ideals and needs as students.
Each council receives $4.00 per resident based on occupancy at the beginning of each semester which creates the community's social account. This money is controlled by the council as directed by the Council Constitution. This is often used to support intramural teams, programming, socials, equipment, etc. The council is expected to be fiscally responsible in the use of student dollars.
Hall/Community council executive board members and residents facilitate social events, participate in community service and philanthropy activities (e.g. active service and fundraising), participate in leadership development activities and conferences (e.g. retreats, Get Hyped, Connections, Dream, etc.), get involved in CMU activities (e.g. Homecoming, Legends of the Dark, sporting events, theatre and musical offerings, etc.), learn more about Residence Life, and increase their knowledge of CMU resources and opportunities.
Each group has an advisor, which is a Resident Director (RD), Residence Hall Director (RHD), and in some cases a Hall Council Advisor, an upperclass student working under the direction of an RHD. The advisor will transition power and responsibility to the president and group as they gain knowledge, confidence and ability.
Most councils meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis with the executive boards meeting weekly or bi-weekly as well.
Hall/community council and e-board members may gain a wide range of learning outcomes from their involvement and be able to:
- Create new insights about leadership using experiences and resources
- Discuss their personal strengths and improvements
- Articulate their rights and responsibilities for living in a community
- Work effectively with diverse individuals toward a common goal
- Engage in service/volunteer activities characterized by reciprocity