Completed in 1997, the Student Services Building (SSB) is located at 100 West Dean Keeton Street, between University Avenue and Wichita Street. The six-story building houses over ten various offices and departments that provide services to students, faculty and staff.
Most of the building's nine multi-purpose meeting rooms are located on the ground floor and are heavily used by building tenants and campus organizations. These spaces are reserved through the building manager's office and the largest, the Glenn W. Maloney Student Assembly Room, holds about 80 occupants.
The open lounge areas on most floors are used by individual students for studying and by small informal groups for meetings. The building serves as a study lounge for the campus community.
Departments housed in the building include University Health Services (UHS), the Forty Acres Pharmacy, the Office of Financial Aid (OFA), the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Office of the Dean of Students (DoS), Texas Recruitment + Interview Services, the Office of the Student Ombuds, the Campus Environmental Center (CEC), a sponsored student organization under the Office of Sustainability and a variety of other student Services under the auspices of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE).
Services in the building reporting to the Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs include Sorority and Fraternity Life, Legal Services for Students (LSS), Student Emergency Services and Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
Services in the building reporting to the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement are the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, Services for Students with Disabilities and the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement.
Services in the building reporting to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost are the Office of Financial Aid.
The Student Services Building (SSB) provides core services to support student success in the following areas: social, physical, emotional, personal and financial space.
The tenants of the Student Services Building value:
- The original student intent outlined in the Student Referendum of 1991 and 1994
- Learning that occurs within each service, program and common use area
- Fostering a climate that is accessible, welcoming and comfortable to all students
- Offering essential services that complement and supplement student learning
- Assessing and programmatically responding to the changing student needs
- Contributing to a stimulating atmosphere for personal and collective growth
View a chart of the historical overview (PDF).
A.B. 13 Referendum on the Student Services Building
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED TO ACT CALLING FOR A REFERENDUM ON THE STUDENT SERVICES FACILITY; NOW THEREFORE
Be it enacted by the Student Assembly of the University of Texas that:
SECTION I: A Referendum shall be put before the student in the next election asking:
- Should the University delay construction of the student Services Facility to develop a campus plan and wise system of building design? Yes No
A vote YES means that the Student Services Facility will be built, after the University redesigns the building under improved conditions –specifically: a Long Term Comprehensive Campus Plan, reform of UT's institutional building design process and a renewed focus on "world-class" architecture.
A vote NO means that the building will proceed as currently designed.
- Should the Social Work Building be torn down to make way for the Student Services Facility? Yes No
- Should the University use the money already collected from the Student Health Center Building Fee (approximately $2 million) in addition to the already authorized bonds ($8million)? Yes No
- Should the University combine the Student Services Facility's three sources of funding into one fund, eliminating the need for three-way accounting? Yes No
SECTION II: The results of this referendum shall be taken to President Berdahl, the Regents and the Legislature and considered binding in any bonds previously authorized by the students for the Student Services Facility.
Sponsored by Representatives Gray, Johnson, Mukhtiar and Parisi.
SECTION III: Principles That Guided Construction of the Student Services Building
- Remember that students are paying for it.
- More than a facility, the goal is to create an open and welcoming student services environment that fosters socialization, builds community and serves as a gathering spot for quality of life to be enhanced.
- Promote diversity in activities and services.
- Keep an eye to the future when considering design changes, always remembering the original spirit of the student approved referendum.
- Every element won't be perfect for everyone––the goal is to make the best decisions for the most students.
- Maintain openness, visibility of activities and student services and ease of movement.
- There are no details too small––build it right, not just fast.
- Consider the costs and methods to operate and maintain the facility once it has opened.
- Design it to complement activity spaces included in other existing campus facilities.
- Maintain a spirit of cooperation, communication and mutual respect in all interactions.
The Student Service Building Policy Committee (SSBPC) is an oversight committee charged with making recommendations to the vice president of student affairs that impact the use, environment and long-term viability of the student services building. Make-up of the committee consists of membership from each building tenant and a student representative from Student Government and Senate of College Councils. The committee chair is appointed by the vice president of student affairs. While respecting the individuality of the different units within the Student Services Building (SSB), the SSBPC provides a systematic building-wide approach to addressing issues that impact the SSB community. The scope of the committee includes:
- Developing general building and room usage policies.
- Overseeing general building safety and security.
- Developing long-term SSB Budgets.
- Reviewing and approving major SSB renovations that impact public areas.
- Developing consistent paint, signage, furniture, floor coverings, artwork and other improvements to SSB public areas.
- Recommending space allocation to tenants within the SSB.
- Providing oversight of an operational manual for the SSB.
Additionally, the committee will convene to discuss and make decisions on non-routine matters that impact the use and overall environment of the SSB. These may include:
- Reviewing university and/or departmental policies that impact the use or environment of the SSB.
- Reviewing tenant initiated renovations that impact SSB public areas.
- Reviewing requests or situations that fall outside of established policy or procedure that have potential to impact the use and environment of the SSB.
Student Services Building Policy Committee Members
- Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
- Chris Brownson, Asociate VP for Student Affairs, Director of Counseling and Mental Health Center
- James Buckley, Director of Facilities and Operations for University Unions
- Kouang Chan, Director of the University Ombuds
- Douglas Garrard, Associate VP for Campus Life and Senior Associate Dean of Students
- Jennifer Maedgen, Senior Associate Vice President for Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
- Cheryl Pyle, Administrative Services Officer, Office of the Dean of Students
- Jamie Shutter, Director of University Health Services
- Diane C. Todd Sprague, Director of Financial Aid
- Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability
- Kim Barnett, Student Services Building Manager
- President, Student Government
- Vice President, Student Government