Physical Environment (COPE)

The Council on the Physical Environment (COPE) oversees the application of the architectural framework plan for capital development and improvement at the university. The committee advises on policies and programs that affect how people use and move through the campus.


2018-2019 Chair

Jason Kentner

Committee Members

Member Source Term Expires
Cinnamon Carlarne Faculty Council 2021
Jacob Boswell Faculty Council 2021
Julie Field Faculty Council 2020
Peggy Hall Faculty Council 2020
Valerie Bergdall Faculty Council 2020
Jason Kentner Presidential 2020
Derek Sawyer Presidential 2019
Calvin Spanbauer USG 2019
Rhea Rao USG 2019
Tash Henderson CGS 2019
Jacob Zuberi IPC 2019
Abby Whaley Staff - Steering/USAC 2021
Lisa Mayhugh Staff - Steering/USAC 2020
Scott Potter SVP Designee, Business & Finance / Designee (Non-Voting)
Amy Burgess SVP, Admin & Planning / Designee (Non-Voting)

Rules / Responsibilities

The council on the physical environment shall consist of sixteen members.

(1) Seven tenure-track faculty members.

(a) Five tenure-track faculty members selected by the faculty council.

(b) Two tenure-track faculty members appointed by the president.

(2) Four students.

(a) One graduate student.

(b) One professional student.

(c) Two undergraduate students, one representing on-campus students and one representing off-campus students.

(3) Two staff members appointed by the steering committee upon the recommendation of the staff advisory committee. The term of service is three years.

(4) Three administrators, non-voting.

(a) The vice president for business and finance.

(b) The senior vice president for business and finance or designee.

(c) The executive vice president and provost or designee.

(1) Take a broad and encompassing perspective on the physical environment of the university as it affects the academic enterprise and quality of life for the university community. Propose policies, review and recommend action regarding proposed major projects, and consult with university administration about matters within its domain.

(a) Teaching and learning environment: adequate classroom and teaching laboratory space; priorities for new construction to advance the academic enterprise; and priorities for renovation of academic facilities, especially classrooms and teaching laboratories.

(b) Movement around campus: policies and projects to ease movement around campus by all relevant means, including but not limited to pedestrian, bicycle, motorized traffic, and mass transportation; policies and proposals concerning parking, public safety including institutional security, fire safety, risk reduction, and personal safety.

(c) The campus and the university district environment: activities undertaken to facilitate campus master planning and to implement the plans adopted; initiatives undertaken to advance the objectives of improving conditions in the university district, and activities of affiliated entities to promote these initiatives.

(2) Recommend items for senate action, review matters within its purview, hear periodic reports from relevant university organizations and administrative offices, and report annually to the senate.

(1) The committee shall elect a chairperson from among its voting members. A chairperson shall serve a one-year term, and no more than one additional one-year term if reelected.

(2) As a standing council of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

(Board approval dates: 5/1/1986, 2/4/1994, 11/4/1994, 2/3/1995, 6/2/1995, 5/3/1996, 6/4/1999, 6/7/2005, 6/6/2014)