Policy Information
Policy TitleSpace
Responsible OfficeOffice of Course Building and Academic Space Management
Policy TypeFacilities and Property
Policy Number405
Last Revision Date1/27/2021

Changes in the use of University Space and Space Request Process

Unit directors have responsibility for managing space assigned to their department. If additional space is needed and cannot be accommodated within a unit's existing space allocation, a space request form must be submitted to the respective Vice President, or to the respective Dean, in the case of academic departments. The Dean or Vice President can reallocate space within their division to accommodate the request. (All changes in space function or occupants must be reported to Course Building and Academic Space Management within 14 days of the change.)

The Space Management Council (SMC), which is comprised of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; the Vice Presidents for Advancement, Operation, Research and Student Affairs; the Director of Athletics; a Faculty Senate Representative; the Associate VP for Research; the
Facilities Management Director of Design; and the Director of Course Building and Academic Space Management reserves the right to reallocate space, as needed, to align with University priorities. When the University relocates all or a portion of a unit into new space, the space vacated by the unit becomes part of the University's pool for reassignment.

The SMC reserves the right to allocate space for a specific time period. Such space is considered part of the University's pool of space, not the division's space allocation. If the unit occupying the space desires to extend the allocation, the space request process must be followed.

The vehicle for requesting space is the Space Request Form. Forms are available for two distinct space requests: Academic (instructional/research/organized research centers/administrative units reporting to the Provost) and Non-Academic (administrative). An analysis of all existing assigned space must also be provided by the requesting unit detailing room function, room occupant(s), occupant type (FT, PT, perm, temporary) and precise, daily utilization factors.

  • Academic and Research Space Requests 

    The department Chair/Director or principal investigator completes a Space Request form, provides analysis of existing space use, obtains necessary signatures, and forwards to their Dean or VP, as appropriate. If space is available from within the Dean's or VP's space allocation, space assignments can be made at the discretion of the Dean or VP. If space is not available and the Dean or VP supports the request for space, the Dean or VP, or representative thereof, in conjunction with the Director of  Course Building and Academic Space Management develop a space proposal that is forwarded by the Dean or VP to the Provost for consideration by the SMC.

  • Non-Academic Space Requests  

    The Director shall complete the analysis of existing space utilization and the Space Request form, obtain the necessary signatures and forward to their VP as appropriate. The VP shall review the request and if approved, forward the request to the Facilities Management Director of Design and the Director of Course Building and Academic Space Management who will confirm the analysis of space need and develop a recommendation which will be forwarded to the SMC for a decision.

SMC decisions will be relayed to the affected department by the appropriate VP or designee. Once space recommendations are approved, the Director, Dean or designee is responsible for submitting a service request for any work needed by Facilities Management. Approval of space changes does not constitute an approval of funding for any work that must be accomplished. Funding must be obtained separately.

Space use changes within space currently assigned to a department may be made by the controlling department as needed, but must be reported to the Director of Course Building and Academic Space Management for the Campus Physical Space Inventory (AiM) to be updated.