The purpose of the Funding at Columbia University (F@CU or
FaCU) is to facilitate, support, and enrich student development in the
form of student activities of campus. FaCU strives to support student
development on campus, through fair and transparent allocation of the
Student Activities Fee, based upon the needs of each student group.
The FaCU Committee is composed of the incoming and outgoing Presidents and Treasurers of each undergraduate Student Council, for a total of 16 members. This committee meets during reading week at the end of the Spring semester each year to determine the governing board allocations for the following year, after reviewing the allocation application packets submitted and presentations made by the various governing boards.
Allocations listed to the right indicate only the additional contribution to the budgets of the five governing boards and any special allocations that will be made by the four undergraduate Councils for the academic year indicated. The actual budgets of each of these governing bodies will consist of these allocations and also include any surplus that may exist from the previous year's allocation and/or revenue, or from any funding source external to the undergraduate Student Councils.
Listed are the allocations made to each of Columbia's five undergraduate governing boards and any special allocations as determined by the members of the FaCU Committee and ratified by each of the four Student Councils in May of each year for the following academic year. Depending on the governing board, either three or four of the Student Councils make contributions toward each allocation according to a ratio determined by relative student enrollment among the schools.
In addition, FaCU also provides a framework for continued financial collaboration between the individual student councils through agreements like the Facilities and Security Fund, and the Inter-Council Agreement. These documents are explained briefly below, and can be found under the "Related Documents" heading in the left column.
Note for media: The FaCU Committee recognizes the importance of maintaining openess and clarity in the FaCU process. This year, the entire FaCU meeting and all subsequent discussions will be open to the public. However, we respectfully request that the FaCU meeting remain "off-the-record" due to the complexity of the issues and great potential for misrepresentation of comments when taken out of the context. If you have questions or comments, please email the FaCU Committee. (Contact information in sidebar)
Facilities and Security FundThe Facilities and Security Fund represents an effort by the student councils to streamline and simplify the bulk of recurring required facility rental and security staff costs associated with some student-initiated event programming on Columbia's campus. These two funds shift financial responsibility for these costs to the Councils, reducing the burden on individual students and student groups, but in doing so, also reducing the funds allocated to student groups.
Inter-Council AgreementThe Inter-Council Agreement serves to foster collaborative efforts among the four undergraduate student councils at Columbia University. In working together, CCSC, ESC, GSSC, and SGA strive to better serve the Columbia & Barnard community. This document, then, contains guidelines for equitable distribution and definition of contributions from involved Councils in all events, policies and other initiatives.
Tues, April 12 FaCU Allocation Application Packets available Fri, April 29
FaCU Allocation Packets Due at 5pm Tues, May 3
FaCU Presentations - Lerner 569
(Breakfast for Committee Provided by CCSC/ESC)
(Lunch for Committee Provided by GSSC)
9:00-10:30a Community Impact
10:30a-12:00p Activities Board at Columbia
1:00-2:30p Club Sports Governing board
2:30-4:00p Student Governing Board
4:00-5:30p InterGreek Council
FaCU Committee Members
|Learned Foote||CCSC||President||Aki Terasaki
|Brandon Christophe||CCSC||VP Funding||Kevin Zhai
|Christopher Elizondo||ESC||President||Nate Levick
|Narayan Subramanian||ESC||VP Intergroup||Frank Yin
|Jacqueline Thong||GSSC||President||Jacqueline Thong||GSSC||President-elect|
|Daniel Lagana||GSSC||VP Finance||Josh Lewin-Jacus
|Lara Avsar||SGA||President||Jessica Blake
|Priyata Patel||SGA||VP Finance||Camila Daniels
|Sue Yang||CCSC||President||Learned Foote||CCSC||President-elect|
|Nuriel Moghavem||CCSC||VP Funding||Brandon Christophe||CCSC||VP Funding-elect|
|Whitney Green||ESC||President||Christopher Elizondo||ESC||President-elect|
|Gunnar Aasen||ESC||VP Intergroup||Narayan Subramanian||ESC||VP Intergroup-elect|
|Katherine Edwards||GSSC||President||Jacqueline Thong||GSSC||President-elect|
|Jacqueline Thong||GSSC||Treasurer||Daniel Lagana||GSSC||Treasurer-elect|
|Katie Palillo||SGA||President||Lara Avsar||SGA||President-elect|
|Sharmin Ahmed||SGA||VP Finance||Priyata Patel||SGA||VP Finance-elect|
||CCSC||VP Funding||Nuriel Moghavem||CCSC||VP Funding-elect|
||ESC||VP Intergroup||Gunnar Aasen||ESC||VP Intergroup-elect|
|Brody Berg||GSSC||President||Katherine Edwards||GSSC||President-elect|
|Eleanor Colley||GSSC||Treasurer||Jacqueline Thong||GSSC||Treasurer-elect|
|Sarah Besnoff||SGA||President||Katie Palillo||SGA||President-elect|
|Amy Chen||SGA||VP Finance||Sharmin Ahmed||SGA||VP Finance-elect|