All faculty members and students of the American University of Myanmar are members of common rooms. Undergraduate students are members of the Junior Common Room (“JCR”), graduate students are members of the Middle Common Room (“MCR”), and faculty members are members of the Senior Common Room (“SCR”). These common rooms are the hub for informal intellectual and social engagement within the university. The terms JCR, MCR, and SCR refer to both the communal social areas in the university for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members; and the body as a whole of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members.
The common rooms are run respectively by committees (elected on an annual basis, and consisting of a Principal, Treasurer, Secretary, and Social Secretary. The Committees are responsible for organizing meetings and extracurricular intellectual and social events. JCR and MCR Officers are on hand to meet prospective students at Open Days, to support interviewees during the admissions process, and organize a program of events forFreshers during the first week of term to help them settle into the University. The JCR and MCR principals also represent the interests of undergraduate and graduate students respectively on university matters to the Rector. SCR Officers are on hand to assist with new faculty orientation.
Funding for the common rooms are derived from common room membership fees that each committee has the power to assess on its members after securing approval of a majority of its common room members in a vote taken at the first common room meeting of each academic year. A quorum is twenty-five percent of the members of the common room. The membership fee agreed upon will be reported to the University’s Chief Financial Officer so that he or she can collect the funds and make those funds available to each common room’s treasurer.
The common rooms will abide by the University’s Articles of Incorporation in keeping with the University’s mission to be a non-sectarian and non-political educational institution.
Adopted 17 December 2014, by the Board of Trustees