Impacts on Campus
The following is a condensed collection of changes, projects, programs, and/or new initiatives that were “spurred on” as a result of student input or student representation. Inter Residence Hall Government, the Residence Hall Councils, and Apartment Councils are the residence hall student’s voice on campus and, as the examples show, they make Creighton a unique place to live & learn.
(Listed in reverse chronological order.)
• In the 2012-2013 school year, the Check-In Times Committee within IRHG worked to allow students to check into a residence hall other than their own at 8:00 PM rather than 7:00 PM in order to cover the dinner hour on-campus.
• In the 2012-2013 school year, the Library Hours Committee within IRHG worked to allow student I.D. card access to the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library Commons 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• In the 2011-2013 school years, the Apartment Living Committee within IRHG worked to establish a Guest Hosting Policy which allows Junior and Senior residents of Davis and Opus halls the freedom to host their own guests in the hall without checking them in at the front desk. This change grants residents greater responsibility and ownership of their communities.
• In 2011-2013 school years, the Laundry Campus Action Committee within IRHG worked to help bring high-efficiency front-loading washers and dryers to campus.
• In 2007-2008 school year, the Creighton Students' Union and IRHG worked together for a comprehensive recycling program for the campus.
• Gender-Neutral Bathroom Initiative (Spring 2008). IRHG took a stance at converting gender-specific-single-stalled bathrooms in Residence Halls to gender-neutral-single-stalled bathrooms in order to make the campus more inclusive.
• Sense of the Body Resolution (Spring 2007). IRHG passed the Sense of the Body Resolution which added the Diversity Statement to the IRHG Constitution. This resolution made IRHG an allied organization.
• Identity Protection (Spring 2003). IRHG hosted a town hall meeting for students, faculty, and staff to learn of the university’s efforts in protecting students’ identities from theft and how the university was working to modify the system to no longer use the student’s SSN as the primary identifier.
• Library Archives (Spring 2003). IRHG requested that the university make efforts to protect the Library archives and preserve Creighton’s 125 years of history by making this a priority.
• Billy the Bluejay Statue (Fall 2002). IRHG, along with CSU, requested the administration consider the possibility of constructing a mascot statue in front of the new soccer complex. With the efforts of these two organizations, this statue will serve to promote school spirit and foster new traditions on the Creighton campus for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
• All types of potato chips available at Blimpies to accompany the Meal Exchange Plan (Fall 2000). Provided Student Service Advisory Committee with the proposal and recommended that all types of potato chips be allowed to accompany the Meal Exchange Plan. This proposal was accepted and was put in place for the Fall of 2000.
• Smoking Prohibited in ALL Residence Halls (Spring 2000). IRHG forwarded a proposal to the University Committee on Student Life and Policy to recommend that ALL residence halls are 100% non-smoking facilities starting with the 2000-2001 academic year. This proposal was accepted and was put in place for the Fall of 2000.
• ID Card Replacement (Spring 2000) . IRHG forwarded a proposal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs suggesting that the cost of replacing a Creighton ID that has stopped working be changed from $15.00 to $5.00. This proposal was accepted and enacted the Fall of 2000.
• JavaJay (Fall 1998). The name, the concept, the decorations, and the menu of this uniquely Creighton favorite all came from student feedback and input during the McGloin Hall construction.
• McGloin Residence Hall (Spring 1997). The very name of this hall was dedicated by the work of former Creighton students. Current residence hall leaders helped give input to shape the lobby, the need for a coffeehouse and students recommended that the suite-style building MUST include having students “live together” so as to learn from one another.
• Christmas Tree Blessing & Mall Lighting (Fall 1986). Students came forward from hall organizations and with residence life staff members to begin an annual tradition to kick off the season.