The mission of the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) is to advance health without compromise through service, scholarship, science, and social responsibility. As a leading academic medical center, SMPH supports this mission by providing flexible, adaptable, and affordable facilities to accommodate the changing science and medicine goals of departments, multidisciplinary centers, institutes, and programs. Efficient and effective allocation of space will help shape the future of biomedical and public health research, academics, and the practice of medicine. The primary purpose of this policy is to provide criteria for office space allocation and use in support of SMPH-1020 Assignment and Utilization of Wet Laboratory Research Space and Associated Offices. Within these criteria, departments and centers are authorized to manage the office space that is assigned to them by the dean.
Once it is determined that a unit's current office data is up to date, the senior associate dean in consultation with the assistant dean for facilities will determine whether the unit's request for additional space is justified. If the request is justified, appropriate additional office space will be assigned to the unit, if available. Should the request for additional space be denied, the unit has the authority to meet its needs by reassignment of office space and cubicles within its current allocation. The SMPH facilities office is available to assist the unit in planning office assignments and reassignments. Based on the assessment described in article III of the policy, the SMPH assistant dean for facilities may make recommendations for space assignments or reassignments to the dean of the SMPH or the dean's designee (currently the senior associate dean).