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History of Second Floor

Interested in learning more about the history of Second Floor? Check out this video to learn more.

Space Allocation Review History (Fall 2010 - Spring 2011)

The Board of Governors approved the following for the 2012-2013 academic year:

In 2011, BOG agreed to maintain SFAC for another Academic Year

SFAC remained intact to continue working on several of the recommendations proposed by the Board. It was maintained that each member of SFAC would be a current fee-paying student at the University of Minnesota, registered for a minimum of 6 credits per semester or if a graduate student, would be making progress towards a degree as defined by their department. Recommended membership included:

  • One representative from each of the nine cultural centers.
  • One representative from STLF and SELF each.
  • One representative from MSA and GAPSA each.
  • One representative from the Commuter Connection.
  • Three representatives from the SOAC.
  • Three representatives from non-represented groups.

Continued work by SFAC was agreed to be aligned with the original goal statement and three pillars: flexibility, visibility, and accessibility. The goal of the Second Floor Advisory Committee was to create an everlasting design that would strengthen community and be inclusive of ALL students’ needs.

Each representative was selected by their group and was not designated by the Board. Any current member of SFAC had the choice and was encouraged to keep his or her seat on the committee. The Board maintained the right to appoint any new members from outside the listed groups who were currently residing on the second floor.

Lease Agreements were extended for the 2012-2013 Academic Year

Leases were extended for tenants on the second floor in 2012-2013. They continue to be evaluated each year.

Board of Govenors Open Forums (October 2010)

The Board of Governors hosted two open forums including a presentation on the current student group space allocation process and what space allocation practices are at other institutions nationally.

Video: Space Allocation Public Hearing, October 18, 2010

Video: Space Allocation Public Hearing, October 19, 2010

Board of Governors Voted on Preliminary Recommendations for Coffman’s Second Floor (November 2010)

Space Allocation Process Review Documents

Preliminary Space Allocation Recommendation

Board of Governors Open Forum (March 2011)

Presentation of historical background, summary from surveys, ad-hoc committee ideas and recommendations.

Open Forum Presentation

Video: Space Allocation Public Hearing, March 29, 2011

Board of Governors Final Recommendation for Coffman Union's Second Floor (April 2011)


Proposed Timeline

Board of Governers Open Forum Q&A (April 2011)

A Q&A to present the new student group space recommendation and gather feedback.

Video: Space Allocation Public Hearing, April 12, 2011

Board of Governors Voted on Final Recommendation (April 2011)

Recommendation and Timeline

May 2011

Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Jerry Rinehart, approved BOG recommendation

Space Allocation Research

In 2010, Student Unions & Activities staff called 48 colleges and universities from across the nation to determine their space allocation processes for student group office space. Information was also obtained on whether or not campuses provided resource centers for student groups and general information about each campus’ student union facility and student group population.

Office Space Research Summary

Office Space Research Questions