Physical Environment (COPE) Informatoin

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.


Chair, 2023-2024

Anthony Massari

Committee Members

Member Source Term Expires
Anthony Massari Faculty Council 2024
Tim Leasure Faculty Council 2024
Iman Ansari Presidential 2025
Maria Brunette Presidential 2026
Judith Zimomra Faculty Council 2026
Jonathan Van Gray Faculty Council 2026
Jeff Lakritz Faculty Council 2026
Rut Bansal USG 2024
Marie-Therese Aman-Tanon USG 2024
Sabrina Durso CGS 2024
Christopher Haritos IPC 2024
Stacey Copley Staff - Steering/USAC 2025
Sunny Zong Staff - Steering/USAC 2025
Scott Potter SVP Designee, Business & Finance / Designee (Non-Voting)
Aaron Moore SVP, Admin & Planning / Designee (Non-Voting)
Cindy Leavitt Executive Vice President and Provost / Designee (Non-Voting)

Rule 3335-5-48.15 Council on the Physical Environment

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

  1. Seven faculty members.
    1. Five faculty members selected by the faculty council.
    2. Two faculty members appointed by the president.
  2. Four students.
    1. One graduate student.
    2. One professional student.
    3. 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.
    1. The senior vice president for administration and planning or designee.
    2. The senior vice president for business and finance or designee.
    3. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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, 5/31/2019)