Every residential college has its own form of government, created exclusively by its members and adjusted to adapt to its needs. The residential college governments are controlled completely by the students - the university entrusts its students with a huge amount of responsibility and expects that trust will not be abused. The college governments make various important decisions that will affect the everyday life of residents. Each year, the college is given a budget and the students choose how it is used to benefit the college. A few of the duties carried out by the residential college governments include:
- Enforcing university policies including the housing agreement and alcohol policy
- Purchasing improvements for the public areas of the college
- Planning public parties and events
- Creating and selling college merchandise
- Maintaining the college's website
- Determining a policy for Room Jack and Room Draw
- Holding elections to determine public officials
- Planning orientation week
In the early days of Duncan College, we started to have weekly meetings with our ambassadors just to discuss things that we wanted for Duncan and how we wanted to grow and set up our college. It was called Duncan Forum, and it developed from a simple meeting to our own unofficial government. Now that we have an official government, we still decide to stick with the name Forum, because the name reflects the open-nature of the meeting and the discussions that take place within it.
Forum is held regularly on Wednesdays at 9:30 PM in the Game Theory Classroom unless otherwise specified by email. All members of Duncan are welcome to attend and voice their opinion but only certain representatives and officials (which you choose) can vote.
At Forum, the president goes through his agenda, some things are brought up for discussion, and the voting members have the chance to vote on issues affecting the college. During this time, we communally put forth our ideas on whatever’s being talked about.
You can learn more about specific parts of our student government, find official documents, and give your feedback to the Duncan government at: