PSU-AAUP Assistance Fund

The purpose of the assistance fund is to provide financial support for AAUP Members who are experiencing financial hardship. “Financial hardship” may include but is not limited to circumstances such as sudden loss of income; housing insecurity; family crisis; urgent need; unanticipated or catastrophic losses, or loss of wages from work stoppage (strike). This fund will provide no more than $500 to members who request the funds and to the extent that funds are available.

Members are eligible to apply and receive support twice an academic year and receive no more than $500 in one academic year. Multiple applications from the same member can not be for the same hardship in one year.

AAUP Assistance Fund Application

 

PSU Assistance Fund Policy

Adopted July 16, 2020

Purpose: This policy is established to provide a guideline for members that are seeking financial support from AAUP Assistance Fund account

Applicability: This policy applies to AAUP Members

Policy: Natural disaster, personal tragedy, and financial hardship can happen unexpectedly to anyone. In the instance it happens to a member in our associations, PSU-AAUP will offer a helping hand by providing some resources. To support PSU-AAUP members in a time of need, PSU-AAUP has established the Assistance Fund where members and the community can donate into this fund. Members can make donations directly to the fund and members in need can apply for assistance and relief.

The goal of the fund is to provide financial support for AAUP Members who are experiencing financial hardship. “Financial hardship” may include but is not limited to circumstances such as sudden loss of income; housing insecurity; family crisis; urgent need; unanticipated or catastrophic losses, or loss of wages from work stoppage (strike). This fund will provide no more than $500 to members who request the funds and to the extent that funds are available.

Process for the Assistance Fund

Members will have to fill out an online application to help ensure all funds are distributed efficiently and equitably. This application is located on PSU-AAUP website and can be easily accessible at all times. The application seeks for personal information such as name payable to, mailing address and amount requested. In addition, the application will have an optional “type of hardship” checkbox and a mandatory “confirmation of hardship” checkbox. This information is collected to show that the payment(s) are not for AAUP’s or PSU’s benefit. The application is directly sent to the Assistance Fund Committee to be processed. Members are eligible to apply and receive support twice an academic year and receive no more than $500 in one academic year. The maximum amount a member may request is $500 per request and may apply again, up to two times per academic year. Multiple applications from the same member cannot be for the same hardship in one year.

To control the application flow, the application will open on a quarterly basis for two weeks and have a set deadline. The deadlines are listed below:

  • December 1st for Fall term
  • March 1st for Winter term
  • May 1st for Spring term
  • July 1st for Summer term

However, to be able to meet the goal for this fund, the application can be opened outside of these timelines by a vote from the executive council.

A small committee of AAUP members (one AP, NTT and TT) selected by the EC (in accordance with Association Policy 7) will handle the processing of the application and the request making decisions related to the funds. Once the application is received, the application will be reviewed for completeness and to verify the application is not a duplicate. The committee will send a list of names and addresses to AAUP’s Administrative office so a check can be distributed to the members requesting funds. All applications and information are kept in strict confidence.

Management of the Assistance Fund

The committee will manage the CSR technology platform (ActionNetwork.org) where members can make donations to fund directly to the assistance fund account. This platform will track the amount being donated and information given, as well as, when the funds have been deposited to the Assistance Fund account and be distributed from this account.

The Executive Director (or Treasurer/President in the event the ED is not able to do so) will write the check for the member(s) requesting the funds. The committee/treasurer will ensure funds are being spent in compliance with the intent and the account not being overspent. The administrative functions for this fund such as marketing and customer service is interwoven with the existing AAUP administration office and other subcommittees.

In July 2020, the initial one-time funding of $30,000 will be provided by PSU-AAUP reserve funds as voted on June 18, 2020 by the Executive Council. The source of funding will vary over time based on funding needs. This may be ongoing funding from members as direct donations through a system or through payroll deductions, and fundraising.

Implementation: This policy shall be implemented upon approval