Office of housing returns to old move-out inspection policy

first_imgThis year, preliminary end-of-the-year student room inspections took place in some residence halls the Sunday before the final week of classes. This change is a transition back to the policy of prior years; last year was the only year in which inspections took place during finals week.Karen Kennedy, Director of Housing, said the “change” in procedure is actually a reversion back to the procedure that was observed for more than a decade.“The practice of requiring all student rooms to be inspection-ready by 10 p.m. on the Sunday before the last week of classes has been long standing at the University,” she said. “Last year’s move-out process was handled differently and, because those changes did not produce positive results, it was decided to return to the previous time line for readiness for room inspections.”Kennedy said there are two goals for student rooms to be ready for inspection by Sunday at 10 p.m.“One is to provide for the University to be able to inspect rooms for critical repairs that must be made as soon as students move out, and the other is to confine the noises associated with furniture moving and assembling/disassembling prior to the start of study days and finals,” she said.Kennedy said the procedure benefits students as they study and rest for finals.The transition back to the old policy is a direct result of the negative feedback and logistical issues created from the change last year, Kennedy said.“We received feedback from both students and hall staff that the procedures implemented last year provided for additional noise throughout finals week and also made room inspections more challenging, resulting in untimely damage billing charges and other challenges in preparing the halls for Commencement and summer guests,” Kennedy said.Kennedy said students who fail to comply with move-out procedures may be subject to a fine.“These fines help ensure compliance and, when applicable, cover the costs of repairs, undue cleaning and lost keys,” Kennedy said.Kennedy said elevated beds, which are permitted to be constructed in residence halls without modular furniture, have been required to be down by 10 p.m. the Sunday before the last week of classes for at least a decade.“Students who choose to construct elevated beds are notified of and agree to this when they sign the elevated agreement form at the beginning of the year,” Kennedy said.Kennedy said this procedures are always being revised according to feedback received from individuals throughout the Notre Dame community.“I understand and appreciate the concerns shared with me by students, and will take student feedback into consideration when looking toward how move-out and room inspections will be handled in future years,” Kennedy said.Tags: Housing, move-out, Office of Housinglast_img read more

Good Governance: The importance of a truly independent supervisory committee

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We’ve seen an important trend relevant to a good number of state credit unions nationwide. It’s one of those quiet trends that we believe could—in the long run—have significant governance consequences, perhaps for the entire credit union community. It is the transition of a good number of supervisory committees to the form of an audit committee. And with more state regulations allowing such a transition, more and more credit unions are taking the opportunity to make it.While federally chartered credit unions are still required to maintain a supervisory committee, many state regulators have allowed the credit unions they regulate to operate with an audit committee made up entirely of board members, and the number of states (and credit unions) moving in this direction is growing. Further, some federally chartered credit unions, for various strategic reasons, are converting to state charters, thereby opening up the door to even more credit unions making the shift to an audit committee.The difference between supervisory committees and audit committees can at times be significant, and those differences often come down to two key factors:last_img read more

Grand Fond Road made wider and safer

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 15 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Grand Fond Road made wider and safer by: – June 19, 2012 Share A section of the Grand Fond roadWidening work on the Grand Fond road is now at an advanced stage with the promise of a much more comfortable road for motorists and pedestrians alike upon the project’s completion.Work on that road project commenced in April of this year, following heavy rains last November which resulted in significant road edge failure to what used to be a very narrow stretch of road.Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Fond Constituency Hon. Ivor Stephenson, Public Works Minister Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore and a representative from Offshore Civil and Marine incorporated, the contracting local company engaged on the project paid a visit to the project site on Friday June 15, 2012.Hon. Ivor Stephenson is pleased with the extent of work done so far and is convinced that when the project is complete the road will be much safer for road users. Hon. Stephenson admits that the road has been a hindrance for several years.“People who have been going to Grand Fond would know that this is a very narrow strip of road. It would basically scare people, it was not safe and it was very possible to have accidents”.The parliamentary representative says the project is being done in three critical areas.“In the “vava” area and below the “tomiel” to” kabwit “area we had massive excavation works being done”.Section of the Grand Fond road. Public Works Minister Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore says so far over five hundred thousand dollars have been spent on this important road project. “Immediately after we had the effects of the rain last year we spent one hundred and fifty thousand dollars (E.C $150,000.00) to do initial excavation work. We are currently spending over four hundred thousand dollars (E.C $400,000.00) to do this aspect of the project”.The Minister says the next phase of the project will include the construction of storm drains and resurfacing works.“The intention in terms of the quantum of work to be done going forward is to have three hundred meters of road work and three hundred meters of concrete drains. We are going to have slipper drains and storm drains” he added. The Minister says these road improvement will be a significant improvement to what previously obtained.“The intention is to have two- way traffic throughout the length of the road”.The rehabilitation of the Grand Fond road is a further manifestation of Government’s commitment to improve the country’s road network by 2015.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

Video: The Black Stars fabulous comeback against Tunisia

first_imgWatch the Black Stars comeback against Tunisia in an international friendly on Sunday ahead of the start of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.last_img

NCAA allows Division I coaches to spend more virtual time with athletes

first_imgCoaches can only spend eight virtual hours a week with student-athletes, according to a press release from the NCAA. They must only participate in “nonphysical countable activities” which can include film review, chalk talks and team meetings, according to the same press release.  “This change not only allows coaches to continue to educate their student-athletes but also fosters the connectivity that comes with team-based activities,” said M. Grace Calhoun, the Council chair and athletic director at Penn.  On Thursday, the NCAA announced its Council Coordination Committee voted to allow Division I coaches in all sports to have more virtual connection with their teams. This policy will take effect starting on Monday, April 20 and last until May 31. center_img The NCAA is also requiring student-athletes to be given at least one day a week off without any nonphysical countable activities.last_img read more