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The mission of the Berkeley Student Cooperative is to provide a quality, low-cost, cooperative housing community to university students, thereby providing an educational opportunity for students who might not otherwise be able to afford a university education.

Guiding Documents

The Board of Directors has chosen to elevate certain statements of purpose as “Guiding Documents” for the Berkeley Student Cooperative. These Guiding Documents are not, and should not be taken as, either organizational policy or part of the mission statement for the Berkeley Student Cooperative. Instead they represent values, principles, and goals that the Board has collectively agreed to endeavor to uphold in the process of fulfilling the mission and abiding by policy.

Articles of Incorporation

This document represents our relationship and defines our "identity" as a non-profit with the State of California. Changing these documents would represent a major shift in the nature and mission of the BSC, and would require approval from the State.


This document is our highest-level policy document, which lays down the fundamentals of our organization and how it functions. By-Laws do things like lay out what powers board and the committees and executive have, and define the way that our meetings and voting and things like that work. These also don’t change very often, and are designed to be relatively constant and somewhat abstract.

Policy Directory

These is where the bulk of our actual policies are, and these are the ones that we typically change or add to on board. If you are creating a new policy, chances are it belongs in one of the sections of the Policy Directory. The policy directory is divided into seven sections, enumerated by roman numerals.

I: Governing Structures

II: Administrative Code (AdCode)

III: Operations

IV: Finances

V: Physical Plant, Maintenance, & Safety Policies

VI: Member Services & Education

VII: Conduct Code

Personnel Code (PerCode)

The Personnel Code is a set of policies governing our employment practices.

Employee Association Contract

The contract that applies to members of the Employee Association.

Employee Handbook

This Employee Handbook applies to all regular employees in positions not restricted to BSC members.

Appendix A: Information for Members

Appendix B: Member Programs

Appendix C: Information for Board Members and Student Executives

Appendix D: General Organizational Information

Appendix E: Job Descriptions

Policy Creation and Formatting Guide

Policy Changes By Semester