As the student government of Southern Oregon University, and as part of the Oregon Student Association, ASSOU fights for issues that matter to students, whether that's on campus, in our community, or in the state of Oregon.
- Retrenchment communication & student advocacy: SOU is in retrenchment, which means the administration must cut academic programs to save money. They’ll release a provisional plan very soon describing proposed cuts, and there will be a comment period during which you can let them know what you think. ASSOU will continue to let students know what’s happening and fight for their interests.
- Tuition affordability: tuition at SOU has increased nearly 80% since 2001. Cuts in state funding are the #1 reason schools like SOU must raise tuition and make cuts. State divestment means fewer opportunities for us and for those who come after. During the legislative session in February, ASSOU will lead the Oregon Opportunity Movement to demand reinvestment in public universities and our future.
- Fair housing: when applying for housing off campus in Ashland, many students experience unfair discrimination. To give responsible students legal protection against such treatment, ASSOU is working to amend Ashland's fair housing law.
- Campus accessibility: students with disabilities should be able to get around campus safely. ASSOU is fighting to make the SOU facilities accessible as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Student fee autonomy: each student pays a fee every term that funds non-academic buildings, programs and services, including the Stevenson Union, the Student Health & Wellness Center, and all clubs. To make sure students have full control over how that money is spent, ASSOU is working to improve the fee allocation process.
- Voter registration: when students vote, legislators pay more attention to our issues. During spring term, ASSOU will help each student register to vote at their current address.