Campus Principles for the Management of Space

As the physical endowment of the University, space is a critical, valuable and limited resource.  It is our collective responsibility to manage and steward it well, in support of excellence in teaching, research and public service. 

Space is assigned based on the principles of highest and best use of that space. Campus space assignment is a dynamic endeavor, as the highest and best use of space will change as the needs of units change. Therefore, all assignments are temporary: space is not owned by any person or unit (e.g., department, college, school) or program (e.g., research center, organized research unit). The Chancellor, with the support and recommendations of the Space Assignments and Capital Improvements Committee, is ultimately responsible for space assignment. However, Deans are responsible for the utilization of all space assigned to them and are encouraged to take an active role in the management of their footprint.

The management of campus space, including the reallocation and reassignment of space, will be guided by the following principles:

  • Core campus space should be used for functions that serve or directly involve students, faculty, or staff.
    • Programs and activities directly related to education and research, including activities that enhance the student experience, will be given priority.
  • Space usage should adhere to campus policies, including the Campus Office Space Guidelines.
    • Space requests that provide evidence of good space usage efficiency and that demonstrate programmatic need will receive greater consideration.
    • Space occupancy by people focusing on academics or serving students will be prioritized over other uses, such as storage or internal administrative services.
  • Safety and accessibility are of paramount importance.
    • Priority will be given to space assignments that reduce seismic risk and increase campus accessibility.
  • Equity and inclusion are core values.
    • Space allocations which promote equity and inclusion will be favorably considered.
  • We are responsible stewards of our environment.
    • Whenever reasonably possible, space assignments in support of campus carbon neutrality and zero waste efforts will be favorably considered.

The Space Assignments and Capital Improvements Committee (SACI) will address space assignment requests which are in conflict with one or more of these principles, on a case-by-case basis.