The religious/spiritual observance must be recognized by the Office of the Spiritual and Religious Life
SFC will not fund off-campus religious observances unless a key aspect of the observance deems it impossible to fulfill on-campus
Funds for alcohol may only be provided if alcohol is a core element of the observance
Examples: Hillel, Newman Catholic Community, Muslim Students Association, Oberlin Christian Fellowship
These organizations support the religious communities represented on Oberlin's campus by providing opportunities to celebrate or fulfill religious observances or obligations.
The SFC recognizes that many religious communities are represented on Oberlin's campus, and that various faith traditions have important obligations for their adherents. This policy is intended to support groups designated as Religious organizations in fulfilling or celebrating crucial religious events.
No Religious Observance performed outside of the greater Cleveland Area shall be funded, except in situations in which a key aspect of the Religious Observance is impossible to fulfill on campus. In these situations, transportation costs will be given special consideration.
Food items that are central to fulfilling a Religious Observance shall be allocated:
According to the duration of the Observance, and the expected attendance of the event
With special consideration to the additional expense of foods that fulfill religious dietary restrictions (e.g. Halal, Kosher)
Funding for alcohol is provided on an extremely rare basis. The alcohol must be a core component of the Religious Observance in order to receive consideration for funding, and organizations must provide a letter from their faculty/staff adviser, stating that this adviser will purchase, store, and oversee the appropriate use of the organization's alcohol before, during, and after the Religious Observances.
SFC is a 7 member student board working to equitably allocate the Student Activity Fund to all Oberlin student organizations and individual student projects. OST is the sister organization handling form processing, confirming allocations, and requests for payment/purchasing cards. SFC and OST members meet multiple times a week to review budgets, vote on allocations, and vote and discuss policy, lead working groups with student organizations, and hold office hours to serve as a counselor for students seeking guidance about funding and student government.