A number of additional bodies of student government exist as recipients and distributors of student fees, advisory committees, and operational groups. These Independent Agencies are established by Chapter 1, Article V of the Student Constitution and are subject to the oversight of the Joint Governance Council. The full list of independent agencies and their relevant descriptions are included below. Descriptions are adapted from the Student Constitution and the websites of each Agency or their affiliated organization(s).
“Be a Maker” (BEAM) Makerspace Advisory Board
BeAM@CAROLINA is a network of makerspaces where you can join the UNC maker community in the design and making of physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship and recreation. You can participate in open studios, training sessions, workshops, host classes and group activities in spaces equipped with emerging technologies like 3D printing as well as wood and metalworking shops.
The BEAM Makerspace Advisory Board offers a student voice into the governance and priority-setting of the BeAM@CAROLINA team.
Campus Recreation Board
The Campus Recreation Board is the governing body of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Campus Recreation. Campus Recreation provides facilities and programs for students to support their overall well-being. Campus Rec facilities include the Outdoor Education Center, Fetzer Hall, Woollen Gym, Student Recreation Center, Bowman Gray Memorial Pool, and more. These programs are financed in part through the Campus Recreation Fee, paid by all registered fee-paying students.
Carolina Athletics Association
The Carolina Athletics Association represents the athletic concerns of the Student Body. The CAA supports year-round programs, special events, and student ticket distributions. Annually, the student body elects the President of the CAA in a campus-wide election administered by the Board of Elections.
Carolina Union Board of Directors
The Carolina Union Board of Directors is a representative group of campus leaders including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, as well as the Director of the Carolina Union. The Board meets regularly to discuss operation of the Union and improving student experiences within the building.Union operating expenses are financed in part through the Carolina Union Operating fee, paid by all registered fee-paying students.
Chancellor’s Childcare Advisory Committee
The Chancellor’s Child Care Advisory Committee studies and evaluates alternatives for improving and strengthening child/family services for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty, staff, and students, makes recommendations to the Chancellor for future goals for programs and services, and assists the Office of Human Resources, Benefits Services Department, in implementing new programs and services.
Committee on Student Conduct
The Committee on Student Conduct oversees the operation of the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance and the Honor System. COSC is comprised of a cross-section of Carolina students, faculty, and administrators. It oversees the implementation of the Honor Code and the workings of the Honor System. The Committee has 12 voting members, appointed by various University leadership. The Chancellor appoints three members. The Chair of the Faculty Council appoints three faculty members. The Undergraduate President appoints four undergraduate student members and the Graduate and Professional Student Government President appoints two graduate & professional schools student members. Additionally, all Attorneys General, Court Chairs, and the Honor System Outreach Coordinator serve as non-voting ex officio members. The current members of COSC are:
Hardship Parking Committee
The Hardship Parking Committee plans for the distribution of student parking permits, evaluates Hardship Parking Permit applications, and allocates Hardship Parking Permits.
Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee
The Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee increases the use of renewable energy and sustainable practices through funding of renewable energy, energy efficiency, maintenance, and energy education projects on campus. RESPC manages the money allocated by the Student Renewable Energy Fee for green energy projects on campus .
Residence Hall Association
The Residence Hall Association handles all matters concerning student life in University–owned and approved housing and residence halls. It has a heightened degree of independence from other Agencies, in that it holds authority over its own internal composition, while the other Agencies are subject to the organizational structure provided in the Joint Code.
Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor
The Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor provides a means for a wide range of student constituencies to speak directly with the Chancellor, the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Provost, and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in order to peacefully and professionally advance the interests of the students and the University. The composition of this committee is determined by the Chancellor.
Student Fee Audit Committee
The Student Fee Audit Committee oversees the levying and expenditure of all student fee dollars. The committee can inspect the financial records of any student organization receiving Student Activity Fee money. This committee is co-chaired by the USG Treasurer and GPSG Vice President for Finance.
Student Grievance Committee
The Student Grievance Committee hears student grievances and appeals in cases arising under the Non–Discrimination and Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination laws and policies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. NOTE: The Student Grievance Committee is now defunct.
Student Leadership Committee to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
The Student Leadership Advisory Committee to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs gathers feedback from students on various matters and communicates that feedback to University administrators. Under the leadership of the current Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the committee has been combined with the Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor.
Student Legal Services Board of Directors
The Student Legal Services Board of Directors shall supervise the business of Student Legal Services. Carolina Student Legal Services, Inc. is 501(c)(3) located on UNC’s campus. They provide students with assistance in understanding the factors that should be considered when one seeks legal advice, to determine if a lawyer’s services are or are not necessary, and to provide appropriate representation or referral.
Student Library Advisory Board
The Student Library Advisory Board directs the expenditures of the Student Endowed Library Fund, which is financed by a student fee.
Student Safety and Security Committee
The Student Safety and Security Committee maintains and appropriates the Student Safety and Security Fee to campus organizations and university departments to promote student safety.
Student Television Board of Directors
The Student Television Board of Directors oversees the operations of UNC Student Television. STV is the student-run television station for the university and one of the largest media organizations on campus. Their programming spans a wide variety of genres: sitcoms, soap operas, talk shows, sketch comedy, fashion, sports–you name it! They broadcast original, student-produced shows on our YouTube and their website regularly. STV is supported by a constitutionally-mandated cut of the Student Organizations Fee.
WXYC Board of Directors
The WXYC Board of Directors oversees the operations of the UNC student radio station, 89.3 WXYC. WXYC broadcasts from the student union on campus, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their coverage area encompasses approximately 900 square miles in and around Chapel Hill, Durham, Pittsboro, Apex, and parts of Raleigh. WXYC is financially supported by a constitutionally-mandated cut of the Student Organizations Fee.