The Ann Arbor Student Bar Association gives funding to the Student Organizations of Thomas M. Cooley – Ann Arbor on an as needed basis. Funds, however, are not guaranteed. A process for receiving funds has been developed and implemented in the AA-SBA bylaws.
First, to receive funding an organization must submit a disbursement request form. This can be done
electronically or by dropping it off at the SBA Office located on the first floor. A disbursement request
must be received before an event is held, whether it is a month before or five minutes before.
After a budget is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Budget and Finance committee. The committee has
three options: (1) approve, (2) approve in part, or (3) deny. The committee will make this decision after
considering all relevant factors. The decision will be made by a vote of the members of the Budget and
Finance Committee, and the Chair in the Event of a tie. However, as an ex-officio member of the
committee, the Treasurer does not vote during Budget and Finance Committee Meetings.
If the request is approved it will be given to the Treasurer so he can make a check available to the student
organization. This may occur the same day as the approval. You should receive and email informing the
organization when the approval has been made and again when a check is available. Once a check is
filled out, it will be available for pick-up in the SBA office.
If the request is approved in part, the organization will be informed of the decision along with an explanation of why the committee made its decision. The organization then may choose to either accept the partial approval or appeal it. If the organization chooses to accept the partial approval, a check for that amount will be made available to them. If the organization chooses to appeal the decision it will follow the same appeal process as described below.
If the request is denied, the organization will be informed of the decision along with an explanation of why the committee made that decision. It may then appeal that decision as detailed below.
How does an organization appeal a decision?
First, an organization must inform the AA-SBA in writing that it has decided to appeal a decision within
two weeks. This writing must include reasoning for why the decision should be reversed. It must also
include any evidence, if any is available, for why the decision should be reversed.
After an appeal is received, it is reviewed by the Treasurer. The Treasurer may agree with the appeal
and then overturn the decision of the Budget and Finance Committee. If this is done, an organization will
be informed and a check made available to them.
If a Treasurer agrees with the determination of the Budget and Finance Committee, the matter then goes
to the General Body. This may be scheduled as early as the next meeting of the General Body or the
next meeting after that. This will be determined by what is already scheduled to go before the General
Body. This is the final appeal an organization has. If the General Body overturns the decision of the
Committee, a check will then be made available for the amount approved by the General Body.
Please click the link below for a "Disbursement Request Form."