6/5/17: 2017/18 Funding Final Distribution
6/4/17: IRA Program Descriptions


3/3/17: NEW programs will be considered for the 2017/18 academic year. Applications are due by 3/17/17: 2017 New Program Application
3/6/17: Existing programs: there is no application process for 2017-18. All programs will be funded at 2016-17 levels. If you'd like to request a funding increase, please submit this form by 3/17/17 2017 Existing Program Increase.

Questions? Please call 707.664.2838 or email


IRA Description and Administration

An Instructionally Related Activity is defined as, "activities and laboratory experiences that are partially sponsored by an academic discipline or department and which are, in the judgment of the President, integrally related to the function of instructional offerings." SSU students currently pay an annual fee of $470.00 to support IRA programs.

The Fee Advisory Committee is charged with evaluating student fees and making recommendations to the University President while ensuring that student fee uses are in the best interests of students and in compliance with all existing policies and guidelines. The FAC is comprised of:

  • Associated Students President
  • Associated Students Vice President of Finance
  • Associated Students Executive Vice President
  • Two students at large
  • Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee)
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost (or designee)
  • Vice President for Administration and Finance(or designee)
  • Chair of the Faculty (or designee)
  • Students must constitute a voting majority on the Committee


    Funding Criteria

    Before recommending support from the President, The Fee Advisory Committee determines a program’s eligibility in accordance with the following criteria:

    A. Intercollegiate Athletics
    Costs necessary for a basic competitive program including equipment, supplies, and scheduled travel not now provided by the State. Athletic grants are not included.
    B. Radio, Television, and Film
    Costs related to the provision of basic “hands-on” experiences not now provided by the State. Purchase/rental of film as instructional aids is not included.
    C. Music and Dance Performances
    Costs to provide experience in individual and group performance (including recitals) before audiences and in settings sufficiently varied to familiarize students with performing.
    D. Drama and Musical Productions
    Basic support of theatrical and operatic activities sufficient to permit experience with performance, production, set design, and other elements considered a part of professional training in these fields.
    E. Art Exhibits
    Support for student art shows given in connection with degree programs.
    F. Publications
    Costs to support and operate basic publication programs including a periodic newspaper and other laboratory experience related to journalism and literary training. Publications designed primarily to inform or entertain are not included.
    G. Forensics
    Activities designed to provide experience in debate, public speaking, and related programs including travel required for a competitive debate program.
    H. Other Activities
    Activities associated with other instructional areas which are consistent with purposes included in the above may be added as identified and approved by the campus President.
    I. Other Programs and Considerations
    A program that does not meet one of the established categories (A – H) may be considered an IRA if the program is a primary component of a class in which residential academic credit is earned and is closely related to and/or in support of the classroom study of students.

IRA Funds cannot be used for: equipment used exclusively for classroom instruction; hospitality expenses that exceed 25% of the program's funding; promotional items and gifts that honor, thank, or congratulate an individual or group; faculty and professional staff salaries; capital projects (building, remodeling, etc.); any activities not included in the original funding proposal; travel costs for faculty and staff; tuition and course fees; grant in aid (scholarships, stipends, grants, etc.) retroactive funding (without consent of the Fee Advisory Committee).

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