Business Affairs

The Committee on Business Affairs (BA) influences every facet of the student experience, from housing and dining to campus businesses and security. We represent the voices of the undergraduate student body and work hard to advocate for students with businesses and administration.

Chair: Richard Hoffberg (Statement of Intent)
Meeting Time: Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 PM in CUC 333

This semester, we are investigating:

  • Collecting students’ issues and advocating on their behalf. There is currently no institutionalized mechanism for students to voice their issues to the Senate or campus entities. We will establish a site where students may submit comments or concerns, research the problems, and work with the relevant parties in business and administration to promote solutions.
  • Understanding the pricing of campus businesses. We have crowd sourced complaints and discovered that some campus businesses seem more expensive than they should be. We are inquiring why this is and how we can help explain the situation to other students or find a way to reduce costs.
  • Working with the Center of Career and Professional Development to compromise on a later job offer deadline. Our school has an earlier job offer deadline than our peer institutions and many other schools. We are working to extend it so that our students have more time to decide on which job or internship offer they should accept.
  • Meeting with Campus Businesses to understand practices and prices. Students often find that businesses such as FMS and the bookstore are very expensive. We would like to investigate why the prices are so high and ways to either lower prices or work around them.

Current Initiatives

  • DineX at Chipotle
  • CMU Escort Service Investigation
  • CPDC Offer Policy Reform
  • Inquiring FMS costs
  • Inquiring bookstore costs
  • Improving the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year experiences