Hall Council is the representative body of the residence hall you live in. It is the legislative voice of the residents. All hall councils operate under the rules and guidelines of the Undergraduate Student Government. Hall Council meetings are the best place to express opinions and views residents have on any issues regarding their residence hall community, or the campus community. Hall Council is a great way to find out if other residents are feeling the same way you are feeling about your community, and is a good starting point to make changes in it. The weekly meetings are a great way to find out what is happening in the building, and on campus. Hall council is your link to the rest of the campus.
All hall councils have a yearly budget. The funds come from the Student Activity fees that all students pay as part of their tuition. Typically, the funds are used for supplies for the building (pool equipment, vacuum, etc.), and various programs and events. Members of hall council vote on how the money will be spent. Since it is YOUR money that is being used, it is important to have a say in how that money is distributed. The only way to vote is to physically attend the meetings.
Every Hall Council has a full body, elected executive board, which consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two RHA representatives.Some hall council eboards will elect additional positions as they see fit (for example, many hall councils will have an advertising coordinator). The main responsibility of the eboard is to ensure that the Constitution of the Hall Council is upheld, maintain a sense of community within the residence hall community, disseminate information about what is happening in the building and on campus, and ensure that all residents’ voices are being heard. All residents are eligible to run for any of the positions, as long as they meet certain criteria.
Besides running the weekly meetings, the executive board will often have various programs and events throughout the year, both educational and social. Hall Council members often play a very important role in many Stony Brook traditions, such as building the Homecoming float, making banners for Spirit Week, and constructing boats for the Roth Regatta.
Hall Council eboard members often go onto bigger and better things, such as becoming an eboard member for the Undergraduate Student Government, becoming an RA or becoming eboard members of other clubs and organizations. It is a great stepping stone for people who want to develop their leadership skills!
How to Become a Member
Every residence hall has its own Hall Council. All the residents of the building are automatic members of Hall Council, and it is highly recommended that all residents attend the weekly meetings (usually on Tuesday nights).
Speak to your Hall Council eboard members to find out what topics will be discussed in the upcoming meetings. Topics are usually directly related to your residence hall or to the campus, and your vote is vital to making changes happen. The only way to vote on any topic or issue is to physically attend the meetings.
The length of the meetings vary in each building, but they typically last between an hour to two hours. On occasion, especially during a major event, meetings will be used as times to work on certain projects, like banners and floats. These meetings might last longer.
Benefits and Rewards
There are numerous advantages to joining Hall Council. These include:
Meeting people who are a part of your community
Having a say in how YOUR money gets spent
Finding out what is happening on campus, such as events and the latest news
Getting involved in other organizations on campus (such as RHA)
Being an important part in celebrating Stony Brook traditions
Voicing your ideas and plans to create a better community
Taking pride in being an active member of your community
If you would like more information on how to get involved in your Hall Council, feel free to speak to the executive board members of your hall council, or ask your RA or RHD of your building. And the best way to get more information is to attend the weekly meetings!!