IRA Program Application and Process

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." Current IRA fees are located at http://web.sonoma.edu/registration/fees.html.

The Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) 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 SFAC is comprised of:

  • Associated Students President (or designee)
  • Associated Students Vice President of Finance (or designee)
  • Associated Students Executive Vice President (or designee)
  • 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 Student 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 above)  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 SFAC).

Questions? Please email IRA staff at dsaadmin@sonoma.edu.

All IRA application and assessment information is now submitted using Qualtrics. Please see below for information specific to your application or program status. Currently, IRA program applications and assessments are closed. 

COVID Revised Application and FY 19/20 Roll Forward Request

Given the COVID environment, additional information is needed in order to finalize IRA funding for FY20/21.  Specifically, additional information is needed regarding the use of the program’s funds given remote service modalities and restrictions on travel, student assistants and hospitality expenses.  This additional request is as a result of the directive from the CSU Chancellor's Office to conduct activities in a primarily remote environment for the remainder of the Fall semester.

In addition, the survey allows programs the ability to request roll forward funds from FY19/20.  

In order for your program to receive the recommended funding and to request FY19/20 Roll Forward Funds, please complete the Qualtrics Survey no later than Sunday, September 13 2020 at 5:00pm.  

Survey questions can be previewed at IRA COVID Revised Application.pdf

NEW PROGRAMS

The IRA committee is currently not accepting new program applications at this time. Please check back at the beginning of the fall semester for updates. 

EXISTING PROGRAMS

The IRA committee is currently not accepting existing program assessments at this time. Please check back at the beginning of the fall semester for updates.