“Hello PLU Lutes,
My name is AJ Moore, and I am the Associated Students of PLU Finance Director this school year. I’m so excited to be serving you in this role. One part of my work includes overseeing the implementation of the Student Activities and Resource Fee (SARF). SARF is a semesterly fee that all students voted for in the 2017-2018 school year, and now it’s time to distribute! However, your timely feedback is needed so the SARF committee can start distributing funds as soon as this spring.
In order to ensure this fund is distributed in a way that meets the needs of the student body, myself along with the rest of the SARF Planning invite you to provide your impressions and feedback in this brief, 5-minute survey. Responses will be accepted until 11:59 PM on February 21st, 2021! Please contact myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kassi McNeilly at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
PLU ’21 Economics and Music
ASPLU Finance Director”
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SARF?
SARF is the Student Activities and Resource Fee voted in by the student body during the 2017-2018 school year. You will have seen this on your bill during the 2019-2020 school year, as well as this year.
What happened with SARF money from 2019-2020?
Some of the fee was used at the behest of a student group in Spring 2020 to renovate the Rieke Lobby. The rest has rolled over to this year, and any excess funding in future years will be rolled over to the next year to be utilized then. The lack of return to the student body in the past year and a half of the fee being in effect is what has pushed this Planning Group to come up with a long-term distribution plan for returning SARF money back to students. This feedback survey is one step in the process of ensuring that the distribution plan is informed by and crafted by student experience.
This year as Finance Director, AJ made it his number one priority to ensure that SARF funding gets back to students before the term ends. Seniors who graduated last year paid into this pot and it was not fully utilized by the time they left PLU. The Planning Group wants to ensure that everyone who is paying this fee currently will see some benefit from it by the time they leave PLU, so that they can feel good about their contributions to the University student body.
I haven’t even heard about this multi-pot plan yet.
Neither has most of the student body! This is a new plan, the first one to apply to SARF since the implementation of the fee. The survey asking for feedback is so that our Planning Group has the best understanding possible of what other students value and want to see from a distribution plan for this fund.
Who makes up the SARF Planning Group?
Our group consists of members of staff and students, who represent a variety of departments academically and professionally. In particular, we have representation from groups such as Prism, ASPLU, Student Media, Student Engagement, SAAC, Residential Life, and more. This group academically is similarly wide-ranging, with studies in social science, music, humanities, business, and more.
What exactly is the multi-pot proposal?
This is a rough draft of what distributing the funding may look like. Details have not been fleshed out yet, and there will be additional space for input when the plan is closer to finalization. Right now, the Planning Group is simply looking for feedback on whether this is a good direction to go with a distribution method for this funding.
How does this relate to ASPLU?
SARF was proposed by ASPLU, and then voted on by the student body. While ASPLU is at the helm of this, as with any other student fees voted in, ASPLU programs, events, and advocacy does not relate to the usage of the funds beyond having ASPLU representation at the table when discussing the distribution method of SARF.
I already pay tuition to the university, why do I have to pay more?
This fee has already been in effect since being voted in by the student body in the 2017-2018 school year. This proposal is simply the rough draft for the distribution method of money that is already being charged to students. This fee has no effect on PLU tuition and does not draw from tuition money for funding. Additionally, money gained by this fee does not return to the University in any way currently – this proposal is a way to ensure that this money goes back to students, rather than just sitting in an account. Students also pay other fees to the University, such as the DJS Fund fee which was similarly passed by the student body.
I have a better idea.
Great! Feel free to put your ideas in the survey or reach out personally to AJ Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kassi McNeilly (email@example.com) with your ideas about how distribution could be better organized. This proposal is a rough draft and can be changed or completely re-done. The results of the survey will help to inform the Planning Group’s decision about whether to continue fleshing out this idea or to move to something different.
Why do the first and second pots have the same amount of funding in the pie chart?
The pie chart is a visual representation of three sections. The actual size of the first and second pots will change with each year depending on the funding that is requested for the first pot and the amount the fee brings in. The investment pot is purposefully smaller, so as to minimize the amount of money that is not going directly to students in the year the fee is being charged.
I’m a commuter. How will this help me?
This potential distribution plan is geared towards supporting student activities and resources, most of which occur or are utilized on campus grounds. However, funding from this fee can also go to support student groups that host activities or provide resources off-campus. Regardless of if you are a member of a club, one way commuter students can ensure they are served by this fund is by gaining club or student group sponsorship for an idea. This can be as simple as emailing a club leader with your idea, and then confirming that they will back you that the plan is good. As long as you have a sponsor behind your idea you can be funded through this proposal. If you have a specific idea for how this fund can be better utilized by commuter students, please either add it to your survey response or reach out personally to AJ Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kassi McNeilly (email@example.com).
When will this process be over and I can access funding?
Currently, the planned timeline for the structuring of this distribution plan is set to be completed by the end of Spring 2021. However, the process may take longer if feedback indicates that the Planning Group needs to look in a different direction for a distribution plan. Updates will be made to this website and through other ASPLU and student platforms as the process continues. Feel free to contact AJ Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kassi McNeilly (email@example.com) at any point during this process with any questions or concerns.