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Social System

Each undergraduate Smith student is a member of the social system and is welcome to participate in all social events taking place on campus and in residential houses. The social system is funded through the student activities fee (SAF) and by the college. A portion of each student’s SAF goes to their house.

This money becomes the basis for the house social budget and the “campus pool.” A small amount is placed in the campus pool to be used by houses and for the operating needs of the system, such as booklets, bracelets and student leader training. Houses planning additional events that might exceed the allotted house social budget may petition for funding from the campus pool. In accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts law and Smith College policy, money obtained through the social system fee, including the campus pool, may not be used to purchase alcoholic beverages. Further information about the social system and fee structure can be found in the Guide to Student Organizations and Event Planning or, for house communities, by email to the Coordinator of House Events.