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Alumni access to email and SIS

Submitted by powew2 on Wed, 03/01/2023 - 10:41 AM

Until recently, alumni had access to their RPI emails and to SIS, and this was taken away for no clear reason.

My RPI email is on my resume and I'd prefer it to not die when I graduate. In addition, this even affects professors, many of whom use non-RPI emails because once they retire their RPI emails will stop working.

As for SIS, it is often very useful to have an unofficial transcript, and without access to SIS this is a pain to deal with. SIS access also has been removed for students on leave; it should not be.


Updating Student Study Areas

Submitted by bergek on Tue, 02/28/2023 - 9:58 AM

We should have an assessment of areas where students currently study/sit between classes to ensure they are well set up for productivity. There should be enough sockets for laptops and phones to charge (perhaps a few USB charging spaces). We should also assess unused spaces across campus (corners, etc). where students currently sit to study and make them more inviting with lighting, seating, and charging options (fresh coat of paint).
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Providing feminine hygiene products in bathrooms

Submitted by hamarr on Wed, 02/15/2023 - 3:22 PM

We should provide free feminine hygiene products in the bathrooms across campus. This would provide students with products integral to their daily lives and leave one less thing for students to stress about. Many schools and colleges already do this, and numerous studies have shown the benefits of having easy access to feminine hygiene products in education spaces.


Make Arch Optional

Submitted by bevilj on Fri, 01/27/2023 - 6:44 PM

Arch can be hard on students. Whether it’s the four semesters straight of academics, the lack of ability to work full time and save over the summer, or even something as simple as scheduling challenges, many students feel like arch is more of an obstacle than an opportunity. However, for some the opportunity for a semester long away experience is invaluable and worth working for. However most will agree that it seems the program was made more with the intention to profit than to help students.
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Testing Center for Students with Disabilities

Submitted by daignh on Sun, 01/22/2023 - 2:47 PM

RPI is the only university in New York State lacking a testing center. This is a standard in even the most disadvantaged areas. Lacking this resource puts a strain on students, professors, and TAs to find alternative testing locations. This often leads to frustration for everyone involved and creates increased difficulties for students who are already navigating an environment designed for non-disabled people. 


Bring back the EMPAC cafe

Submitted by Bebbd on Fri, 04/14/2023 - 9:31 AM

We know SODEXO isn't interested because it's not a profitable cafe.  But that's never been it's purpose.  The cafe needs to be open and alive to foster casual interactions between staff, students, faculty, and community.  Lots of work is done during business hours, but the actual face to face communication that takes place at lunch does more to boost technical innovations and morale than any "off site" or "team building" exercise could ever hope to achieve. 
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Submitted by cookea on Tue, 02/28/2023 - 7:57 AM

Our library is so out dated. We live in the age of technology, and many other schools have beautiful, modern, technology focused libraries that allow students the comfort of sitting at one desk for five hours straight.

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